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Review and Comments by Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema Group www.sassofia.com www.sofemaonline.com

Is Your Regulatory Training – Value Driven?

Regulatory for example EASA or Industry for example Sofema – where is the best value for the receiving organisation?

Lets cut to the “Chase” asking who provides the best value training is something of a “loaded” question.

Consider the Primary Role of your Organisation

Essentially the role of the organisation is to deliver an effective product in an efficient way moreover that compliance with regulatory obligations is (or should be) a given rather than an objective.

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SofemaOnline.com looks at the benefits of being able to personally demonstrate EASA CAMO Regulatory Training background

Introduction

Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) obligations are proscribed within EASA’s Implementing Rules EU 1321/2014.

A CAMO is directly responsible to the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holder. A CAMO must also maintain detailed airworthiness records of the maintenance due as well as the maintenance performed ensuring we are able to demonstrate Continuing Airworthiness.

Key CAMO Staff typically engage in Maintenance Planning, Technical Engineering, Technical Records, and Reliability Staff and are usually employed in multiple roles within the Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation, consider that each and all of these staff have the potential to impact on the organisation’s safety outcomes.

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EASA Regulations Provide for EASA Part 145 Organisational Theoretical & Practical Training in support of Task Training for CAT A and CAT B2 Aircraft Engineers.

In Addition, EASA Regulations provide for On the Job Training (OJT) following completion of the First Type Training in each Category.

EASA Regulatory Background Guidance

66.A.45 Endorsement with aircraft ratings

In addition to the requirement of point (b), the endorsement of the first aircraft type rating within a given category/sub-category requires satisfactory completion of the corresponding On the Job Training, as described in Appendix III to Annex III (Part-66)

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Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com looks at several Organisational Challenges related to the Management of  on the Job Training within an EASA Part 145 Environment

Regulatory Background

Driven by changes in EASA regulations in accordance with EC 1149/2011 EASA introduced unique terms for Practical Training which is the responsibility of the 147 Organisation and “On the Job Training (OJT) which typically sits with the 145 organisation.

Note 2 – Whilst EASA Part 147 Contains multiple references to roles and responsibilities in respect of the role of Practical Assessor and Practical Trainer – There is an absence of guidance within EASA Part 145 - Clearly this is a challenge.

EASA References within Part 66 provide for very limited guidance material related to 145 – Ref appendices to Annex III 

Appendix III - 4.2 Point 6 On the Job Training (OJT) shall be approved by the competent authority who has issued the licence.

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SofemaOnline (www.sofemaonline.com) looks at effective use of PowerPoint to support Presentations

PowerPoint slides are an excellent tool and aid to learning particularly if used effectively and can emphasise a point as well as provide humour and at the same time become an anchor for a message.

Consider some PowerPoint (PPT) challenges which we face as trainers:

a) It is possible to “hide” behind a PPT presentation

b) It can overload with information

c) The content may not be strong

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SofemaOnline.com Providing EASA Compliant Regulatory and Vocational Training when you need at your own pace. We provide an ever growing portfolio of online training courses and combination packages for example

Operations Regulation 965/2012 package, EASA Part M package & EASA Part 145 Package.

What sets SofemaOnline apart?

Quite simply we bust the myth that regulatory compliance is the objective!

It is not – compliance with the regulations is in reality minimum compliance, It should be a given not an objective- as Industries leading training organisation with 45 years background our focus is on effective delivery of the business  process.

Our training courses are based on and compliant with EASA, FAA, ICAO and other Standards as applicable and focus on a practical interpretation of the regulations (which is not necessarily the case with our competitors)

One of our major focus points is on delivering competence in the workplace

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Since August 2008 EASA has required Aircraft Inspectors to be trained in accordance with the provision to be found in AMC20-22

Aircraft inspection is normally performed by competent staff and such Inspectors are typically licensed aircraft engineers. Once qualified, they will gain the organization's approval and will be allowed also to certify General Visual Inspections, Detailed Inspections and EWIS Inspections.

What is a General Visual Inspection (GVI)?

The term GVI, when associated with Electrical Wiring Interconnect Systems, is a visual examination of an interior or exterior area, installation, or assembly to detect obvious damage, failure or irregularity based on a non-compliance or non-conformity with the standard configuration.

It is acknowledged that one of the weak areas in the maintenance chain is the effectiveness of the Inspection Process and the mitigation for this weakness will be found in the development of training programs.

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www.easaonline.com (EOL) offers EASA compliant regulatory and vocational online training. Training which may be undertaken in the comfort of your home or office. If you have a PayPal account you can automatically enroll through the system and immediately start your training. (Knowing that you payment is safeguarded and protected by PayPal.)

However please note that you do not need to have a PayPal account to buy EASAOnline courses you may use a debit or credit card to pay. Our system is immediate so may access your account 24/7 whenever and wherever it suits you. 

Getting the Best from your Course

Marathon sessions are not ideal as it is not the ideal way of retaining knowledge. So  take breaks often in fact around 25 to 30 mins is an ideal length to concentrate and “give it your all” The exam should be completed in a single session.

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SofemaOnline has chosen Contabo as our Server Support partner to ensure the delivery of the highest quality of our data delivery to our clients.

Commented Steve Bentley MD of SAS “with the possibility of 3000 users simultaneously accessing SofemaOnline it is essential to have confidence in our Data Management Partner. We looked very carefully at the market before choosing Contabo as our service provider. Contabo started in the spring of 2003, in 2009, a new data center was established with the capacity of 4000 servers in Munich Today, the capacity is approaching the threshold of exceeding 5000 servers. We have full confidence in the capacity of Contabo to support www.sofemaonline.com going forward.”

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SofemaOnline has just conclude the purchase of additional licenses for our online training portal www.sofemaonline.com and as a result we are very pleased to announce we can now support 3000 concurrent users of the software.

Commented Steve Bentley MD of Sofema Aviation Services (SAS): "Our SofemaOnline servers are hosted in Germany and we are very happy with the new capability which permits the simultaneous use of the program by 3000 persons. Our portfolio of available training courses is constantly being expanded and includes all the 145 recurrent training courses, ESDS, SMS, Maintenance Planning and Production Planning. As well as the generic courses which are loaded and available for all users."

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Are you ready to join SofemaOnline.com (SOL) and become part of a large and growing band of satisfied users? Please visit the website to view the huge range of courses we offer.

Managing your training budget is an important aspect of the role of any training manager, at SofemaOnline.com (SOL) we understand the importance of maximizing the effectiveness whilst at the same time minimizing costs.

Tell me about the 40% offer!

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SofemaOnline is pleased to announce in conjunction with our EASA 147 training partner European Aviation Institute we are launching an online EASA Part 66 training program. (www.sofemaonline.com is owned by Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com)

All Part 66 Basic Modules are being progressively loaded onto the SofemaOnline (SOL) Learning Management System (LMS) Platform allowing you to review the material and sit the online exam. When you are ready we can help you to take the module exam under EASA Part 147 “exam conditions” which will provide you a credit valid for 10 years.

SofemaOnline is an EASA Regulatory & Vocational online training provider of EASA Compliant and now offers EASA Part 66 Online Training. SOL provides a cost effective solution to help you in your preparations for your EASA Part 66 Basic Licence. When you are confident you are ready you may undertake the module exam under full EASA 147 compliant conditions, either in Bucharest Romania or at one of the nominated remote locations.

SofemaOnline offers online EASA Part 66 module courses which provide an essential representation of the syllabus for each module. On completion a multi choice examination is provided to test your knowledge.

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What people say about SofemaOnline?

"Very helpful, because during the course there are included many useful examples from real environment.” – E.Z. for Fuel Tank Safety (Recurrent) with VO /January 2016/

"It will definitely be helpful for the participants as it clears the basic concepts and give innovative ideas to implement the procedure in their own organisation." – R.R. for Part M Maintenance Planning Essentials /January 2016/

"It is very useful to implement its concepts into the work” – S.A. for Root Cause Analysis for Quality Assurance Practitioners /March 2016/

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SofemaOnline is pleased to announce the introduction of a new corporate discount program that offers up to 40% discount for corporate clients.

This is not a “onetime offer”, rather it has been introduced as a standard business tool that we are pleased to offer our clients, to drive value from their allocated regulatory training budget.

SofemaOnline – The E-learning Revolution!

SofemaOnline (SOL) is leading the online EASA regulatory compliant E-learning Revolution! by offering a huge portfolio of material – professional support and innovative solutions including SASWEB.

Through our Learning Management System (LMS), SOL is able to offer both standard and tailored solutions to support our major clients with in-company courses covering internal procedures and “mini” training courses.

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The list below includes the training courses delivered by Sofema Aviation Services, through it's online learning portal - SofemaOnline. We develop new courses constantly and the page is updated on a regular basis.

Promo Packages

Aircraft Maintenance Planning Package - Special Package of 5 Maintenance Planning courses
Aviation Leadership and Management Skills Development Package - Package consists of: Building Competency, Leadership Skills, Communication and Assertiveness
Consolidated CAMO Package - Includes: Part M Essentials for Large Aircrafts; Aircraft Technical Records & EASA Part 21 Review for CAMO Staff
Continuing Airworthiness Package - Package includes: Part 145 and Part M Essentials together with VO
Initial package - HF, FTS, EWIS 1&2

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Sofema Aviation Services are pleased to announce the availability of Part 145 Essentials with VO online training on SofemaOnline.
 
Sofema Aviation Services works closely with aviation industry to design and deliver comprehensive online trainings that is relevant and responsive to the expectations of the Organizations, at minimum cost.
 
The focus of Sofema Training is to share the understanding regarding the role of regulatory compliance which is in fact minimum compliance. Our goal is to share that regulatory compliance is not in itself a challenge rather it presents opportunities which allows the organization to successfully optimize and grow the business.
 
With 45 years of Commercial Experience behind SAS we look through the “Organizations” Eyes with specific focus on the Practical interpretation of the regulations.

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Dangerous goods are “articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment” and which are covered under the IATA regulations. IATA DGR Appendix A.
 
Many everyday items and substances can be dangerous when transported by air.
Due to the variations in temperature and pressure during a flight, some of these items may leak or break, generating toxic fumes or possibly starting a fire.

Employees who may come into contact with dangerous goods need to be aware of the nature of such goods, their potential for causing incidents and accidents and how they should be dealt with.
 
In addition anyone processing Passengers or performing security checks on them need to have a high level of awareness and to be vigilant regarding the potential for passengers to unknowingly carry Dangerous Goods on their person or to place in the personal baggage in the aircraft cargo compartment.

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If you are involved in any way with the shipping of Dangerous Goods then you require training, even if you are not personally responsible you may still require Dangerous goods awareness training. (See the following Job Role definition for persons who require DG Awareness Training).
 
- Operators and Ground Handling Agent's staff accepting Cargo or Mail (other than Dangerous Goods) For Operators who Carry DG (Fly with DG)
- Operators and Ground Handling Agent's staff involved in the handling, storage and loading of cargo or mail and baggage. For Operators who Carry DG (Fly with DG)
- Passenger Handling Staff – applicable to both DG and Non DG Carriers (Fly & No Fly DG)
- Flight Crew Members, Load Masters, Load Planners and Flight Operations Officers / Flight Dispatchers (Where the operator carries Dangerous Goods (Fly with DG)
- Flight Crew Members (other than Flight Crew Members previously identified) – applicable to both DG and Non DG Carriers (Fly & No Fly DG)
- Security Staff who deal with the screening of passengers and crew and their baggage and cargo or mail (e.g. Security screeners, their supervisors and staff involved in implementing security procedures.
- Operators and Ground Handling Agent's staff accepting Cargo or Mail (other than Dangerous Goods) For Operators who “DO NOT” Carry DG (No Fly with DG)
- Operators and Ground Handling Agent's staff involved in the handling, storage and loading of cargo or mail and baggage.
- Flight Crew Members, Load Masters, Load Planners and Flight Operations Officers / Flight Dispatchers (Where the operator does not carry Dangerous Goods (No Fly)

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Coming soon on SofemaOnline: Dangerous Goods Awareness Training

All online trainings are designed to provide essential Dangerous Goods (DG) Training for all groups of staff who need to have an awareness of all aspects of DG by Air, relevant to the specific Job Requirements.

Each Training consists of “Mandatory” required aspects together with additional relevant awareness and guidance information.

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Over the years there have been a number of in-flight smoke and fire events where contaminants ignited by electrical faults allowed the fire to be sustained and spread. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have conducted aircraft inspections and found wiring contaminated with items such as dust, dirt, metal shavings, lavatory waste water, coffee, soft drinks, and napkins. Sometimes wire bundles and surrounding areas have been found to be completely covered with dust.
 
In recent years both the FAA & Industry have realized that current maintenance practices may not be enough to address aging non-structural systems. Over time, insulation can crack or breach, thus exposing the conductor.

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