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What do we mean by Team?

When we’re in the presence of others, people are more physiologically aroused and energized, and dominant behaviours are strengthened. This phenomenon is called social facilitation. 

Within the maintenance Environment we need to work together as a team to enable the accomplishment of complex tasks – however there is a difference between working as a team and working as individuals within a team.

Complex systems need ‘teams’ to get task done - Teams have to be conceived, planned and implemented with care.

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Concerning Safety Culture

Safety culture is how we perceive the combination of attitude, beliefs, perceptions and values and it is considered as part of the organisation culture, sometimes described by the phrase "the way we do things around here".

What do we mean by Safety Culture within an Organisation?

Safety Culture is the way safety is perceived, valued and prioritised within an organisation.

Safety Culture reflects the true commitment to safety at all levels in the organisation.

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What is Peer Pressure?

Peer pressure is the pressure we feel to do what our group or peers expect of us. Peer pressure is closely linked to organizational norms and culture.

We consider peers as people who are part of our own social group, so the term "peer pressure" means the influence that peers can have on each other. The term "peer pressure" is not usually used to describe socially desirable behaviours, rather a degree of pressure to conform to the "group norms".

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What is Motivation?

Motivation can be thought of as a basic human drive that arouses, directs, and sustains all human behaviour.

In general all “Human Behaviour” occurs following a related motivating requirement.

Motivated behaviour could be described as goal directed and purposeful. 

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Introduction

Social Psychology looks at the interactions as well as the pressure a group places on its individual members.

Individuals are responsible for themselves, their successes and failures. People may also hold others or be held by others as responsible for any action (or inaction). It is usual to find that relationships vary from an environment where groups have very clear and explicit rules that keep people in line to groups where the rules or pressures are more subtle.

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Within the EASA Part 145 environment SMS is inextricably linked to HF working and behaviours, as well as culture and attitude within the workplace.

What does a “GOOD” Organisation look like?

Consider the following and let’s call them “Positive Organizational Characteristics”.

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SofemaOnline (www.sofemaonline.com) takes a look at what we understand when we talk about Murphy’s law!

Who & What is Murphy’s Law?

Murphy's Law ("If anything can go wrong, it will") was born out of an event at Edwards Air Force Base USA in 1949.

It was named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on Air Force Project MX981, An exercise to see how much sudden deceleration a person can stand in a crash.

One day, after finding that a transducer was wired wrong, he cursed the technician responsible and said, "If there is any way to do it wrong, he'll find it.". The contractor's project manager kept a list of "laws" and added this one, which he called Murphy's Law.

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SofemaOnline (www.sofemaonline.com) looks at the principle of Implementing & Delegated Acts

Introduction

Once an EU law is passed, it can be necessary to update it to reflect developments in a particular sector or to ensure that it is implemented properly. Parliament and Council can authorise the Commission to adopt delegated or implementing acts, respectively, in order to do this.

Implementing acts

Primary responsibility for implementing EU law lies with EU countries. However, in areas where uniform conditions for implementation are needed (taxation, agriculture, the internal market, health and food safety, etc.), the Commission (or exceptionally the Council) adopts an implementing act.

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Introduction

The New Basic Regulation 2018/1139 establishes a comprehensive regulatory framework for aviation safety throughout the EU.

In particular, it provides for the continued establishment of EASA and the adoption by the European Commission of implementing regulations on aviation safety.

These implementing regulations also ensure that EU member states can meet their obligations under the wider convention on international civil aviation, known as the Chicago convention.

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Sofema Online (www.sofemaonline.com) considers the continuing airworthiness obligations based on compliance with EASA Basic regulation EC 2018/1139

ANNEX II Essential Requirements for Airworthiness

1.5. Continuing airworthiness

1.5.1. All necessary documents including instructions for continuing airworthiness must be established and made available to ensure that the airworthiness standard related to the aircraft type and any associated part is maintained throughout the operational life of the aircraft.

1.5.2. Means must be provided to allow inspection, adjustment, lubrication, removal or replacement of parts and non- installed equipment as necessary for continuing airworthiness.

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SOL (www.sofemaonline.com) looks at Measuring the Effectiveness of the Aviation Organisation’s QC Management 

QC Belongs to Production

As an Introduction and to share as a common understanding within the EASA system that Quality Assurance QA is independent & QC is essentially embodied within the production process.

Please consider the following elements:

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Introduction by Sofema Online www.sofemaonline.com

The European Commission in 2015 issued the Aviation Strategy for Europe and laid the foundation for the development of Basic Regulation 2018/1139 with a number of high level objectives.

The Regulation was formally adopted by the European Parliament in June 2018 and Entered into Force 11 September 2018.

The new Basic Regulation 2018/1139 is the cornerstone of the EU regulatory framework in civil aviation, and is a significant piece of legislation with far reaching implications.

Main changes include the following:

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Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema (www.sassofia.com) looks at the challenges and obligations related to the auditing of SMS systems.

SMS is a business system just like any other, so as part of our Compliance Auditing obligations we will be looking at the following elements as suitable for our auditing activities.

a) Management
b) Documentation
c) Competence
d) Training

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Reality Check! 

RCA should be conducted at a point where informed conclusions can be made, and realistic action plans formulated. In this way the process has the potential to drive real change in the short, medium and longer term.

SofemaOnline (www.sofemaonline.com) looks at the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) process

Introduction

Is RCA used for negative or positive purposes? In fact, often it is used in connection with negative reviews – means something has gone wrong and we are attempting to get to the bottom of it!

RCA can also be useful as a means to identify and promote positive outcomes and aspects which may not necessarily be a “finding” but which are however identified as an “opportunity” during specific audits.

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Steven Bentley CEO of Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com and SofemaOnline www.sofemaonline.com is pleased to provide guidance on completing the online exams.

We Want you to Win!

From our data we know that 1 or 2 persons in 100 give up, but that is 1 or 2 too many – we do not want anyone to give up!

We deliberately allow 4 months to access the material because it is not a race and we want you to pass!

The whole point of the training course is to focus your attention and to draw you into the whole picture.

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A Process review by SofemaOnline (www.sofemaonline.com

Background 

Continuous improvement (CI) is an ongoing effort aimed at delivering improvements to the existing business process. It is important to note that CI is not just a “Top Down” approach. In fact, CI works best in an environment of a positive culture prepared to accept change.

When we talk about Continuous Improvements, we are typically emphasizing a positive change in the area of:

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A Process review by SofemaOnline (www.sofemaonline.com

Background 

Continuous improvement (CI) is an ongoing effort aimed at delivering improvements to the existing business process. It is important to note that CI is not just a "Top Down" approach. In fact, CI works best in an environment of a positive culture prepared to accept change.

When we talk about Continuous Improvements, we are typically emphasizing a positive change in the area of:

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SofemaOnline (www.sofemaonline.com) looks at the challenges which an auditor faces when searching for non-conformities.

Introduction

Compliance Auditing is typically charged with meeting the challenge of ensuring that the organisation always remains fully compliant with both internal and external obligations.

Aviation is a complex environment and the challenge of staying fully aligned with the EASA regulations at all levels requires a proactive approach to maintaining a full understanding of all the applicable regulatory obligations.

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Steven Bentley CEO of Sofema (www.sassofia.com) considers European Council Regulation 2018/1139 (Basic Regulation)

Applicability

Aerodromes which are not open to public use or aerodromes which do not serve commercial air transport or aerodromes without paved instrument runways of more than 800 metres and which do not exclusively serve helicopters using instrument approach or departure procedures remain under the regulatory control of the Member States.

Member States should be allowed to exempt from this Regulation aerodromes with low volumes of traffic, provided that the aerodromes concerned meet the minimum common safety objectives laid down in the relevant essential requirements set out in this Regulation.

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SofemaOnline www.sofemaonline.com takes a look at the regulatory requirements and typical member state deliverables

National State Responsibilities typically include the following:

▪ Developing the Overall policy and strategy on aviation security

▪ Ensuring the development and implementation of the National Aviation Security Programme (NASP)

▪ Ensuring the development and implementation of the National Quality Control Programme (NQCP)

▪ Intelligence-based assessments of risk to aviation which underpin the NASP and NQCP

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