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SofemaOnline (SOL) considers best practices related to the Technical Library OPS.

Access Control

The Main Library Operates as a secure and controlled business area – Satellite Libraries are controlled by the business area appropriate to Library Location.

Persons authorized to access the main library are

» All Library Staff
» Quality Assurance Personnel

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SofemaOnline (SOL) considers the communication relationship between the Maintenance Control Centre (MCC) and the Airline Operations Control Centre (OCC)

Introduction – Considering OCC Functions

The goal of any OCC is to be efficient, effective and promote best practice decision making- To make the best decision for the right reasons (Based on the optimum data set available)

The development of an OCC is a continuous process usually driven by either a shortfall in expected outcome (driven by an ineffective process) or the internal need to improve a process which whilst compliant with the objective no longer meets acceptance.

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Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) Reviews Key Elements of an LVO system


Low Visibility OPS may only be conducted under strict conditions, which are described fully in Subpart E: Low Visibility Operations (LVO).

Successful low visibility operations require a team effort, correct coordination, and ensuring that all safety levels are maintained throughout the low visibility operational process.

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SofemaOnline presents an unrivalled opportunity 

Delivering a Composite package of EASA Compliant Flight & Ground Operations Online Training Courses

Who is this package for? 

Accountable Managers, Operations Managers, Flight Operations Quality & Safety Staff, Operations Leadership Team, Training Pilots & Operational Department Stake Holders. 

What is in the Package? 

Consisting of:

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With modern aircraft the basic aircraft provides CAT II/CAT III as inherent functions of the basic design standard of the aircraft.

Therefore, typical related “Autoland” tasks are covered by the respective AMM Task driven from the maintenance program.

Typically, it is not necessary for the introduction of additional or special recommendations for scheduled maintenance tasks.

Never the less, operators are expected to demonstrate compliance with supplemental national requirements whenever applicable.

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SofemaOnline - takes a look at the rules

Operator Obligations

An Operator must establish procedures and instructions to be used for Low Visibility Take-Off and Category II and III operations.

These procedures must be included in the Operations Manual with approval by the Authority.

The procedures shall contain the duties of flight crew members during taxiing, take-off, approach, flare, landing, roll-out and missed approach as appropriate.

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Regulatory approval for Autoland was first given in 1968 with the first CAT III landing taking place in Jan 1969 (Sud Aviation Caravelle).
Early adopters of Category III technology include The Hawker Siddeley HS Trident, Boeing B747-200 and Concorde. In 1974, the Airbus A300 was certified for Category III A and in 1983 the Airbus A310 achieved certification followed by the Airbus A300-600 in 1984 which achieved CAT III B.
Fail-operational automatic landing was first used for these types of operations, but it was found useful to develop fail-passive capability in order to comply with operational requirements.
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Mature Quality Control Processes which are overseen by effective Quality Assurance/Compliance Management audit processes provide a significant benefit to the organisation where the focus movers from simple regulatory compliance to effective development of the organisations systems which provide key benefits in organisational optimisation.

It is important to communicate in the most effective way the objectives of any audit and audits which are performed in respect of showing compliance with EASA Regulation EC 965/2012 is no different in this regard.

Audits should focus on all elements which are critical to demonstrating regulatory compliance as well as organisational compliance in particular to also pay attention to elements which impact operational safety and security.

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