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Continuing Airworthiness Tasks 

The aircraft continuing airworthiness and the serviceability of operational and emergency equipment shall be ensured by:

(a) The accomplishment of pre-flight inspections.

(b) The rectification of any defect and damage affecting safe operation in accordance with data specified in points ML.A.304 and ML.A.401, as applicable, while taking into account the minimum equipment list (‘MEL’) and configuration deviation list, when they exist.

(c) The accomplishment of all maintenance in accordance with the AMP referred to in point ML.A.302.

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Introduction & Considerations - Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema Aviation Services ( & Sofema Online (


EASA as the representative of the European Aviation Community has the responsibility to develop a set of regulations that can be embraced by the European Aviation Community to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of ICAO Annex 19.

EASA has focused on the introduction of the additional safety management components, building upon the existing management system, rather than adding them as a separate framework.

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Sofema Online considers the key features of the Compliance Monitoring Program to ensure compliance within an EASA Part CAMO Environment.

1) The primary objectives of compliance monitoring are to provide an independent monitoring function on how the organisation ensures compliance with the applicable requirements, policies and procedures, and to request action where non-compliances are identified.

2) The independence of the compliance monitoring should be established by always ensuring that audits and inspections are carried out by personnel who are not responsible for the functions, procedures or products that are audited or inspected.

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Sofema Online Registers a Single Delegate for an Amazing 35 Different EASA & FAA Regulatory Compliant Training Courses. (see the selection below)

Building on Decades of Commercial Aviation Experience and with over 150 online courses and Diploma Programs to choose from Sofema Online offers a world beating online training experience.

However this is undoubtedly a first for us, a single delegate to choose so many courses, to not only survive the lockdown but to emerge prepared to fully engage with the aviation community.  

Since our launch in 2008 Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) and Sofema Online (SOL) have awarded more than 25,000 certificates!

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Part ML is applicable from 24 March 2020 - Here we look at the obligations to ensure compliance with the regulatory obligations.

Note 1: There is no Quality System directly embedded within these regulations so the oversight will come from either a Part CAMO or Part CAO Organisation.

Note 2: There is no Safety Management System (SMS) applicable to Part ML which essentially concerns aircraft operated only for private purposes below the threshold of 2730 kg.

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Sofema Aviation Services ( Considers roles and responsibilities related to the obligation to report occurrences both externally and internally.

CAMO.A.160 Occurrence reporting

Introduction - Regulation (EU) 2019/1383 identifies the obligation to implement an occurrence reporting system that meets the requirements defined in Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 and Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1018.

Note concerning reporting within the CAMO Environment:

Authors Comment - Whilst 2015/1018 essentially re-iterates the reportable events which have been identified for many years and found in AMC 20-8 the obligation to comply with 376/2014 identifies a number of significant obligations concerning reporter confidence and protection of information as well as disidentification of reporters.  

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A review carried out by SofemaOnline (

Checklist for CAO Organisational Audit

While this checklist is presented as a “sample” of the areas which should be covered during an independent audit of a “small” CAO organisation - It will also serve to provide guidance as to the required scope of the Quality System for a non-small CAO Organisation 

For every item it should be considered that this audit is against a “standard” it is a compliance audit - where there is no documented standard directly available from the regulations - The organisation should develop & document its own standard.

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SOL considers key features of EASA Part ML - What does it mean for the industry?

Beginning of the end of Part M Subpart F

From 24th March 2020 Part M Subpart F is no longer available as an approval option and will be discontinued completely from September 2021.

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Sofema Online - SOL ( offers updated information concerning the issue of ARC,s for CAO applicable aircraft in accordance with Annex VD (PART-CAO) (EU) 2019/1383 (Amended by (EU) 2020/270).


Part-MG, Part-MF or Part-145 approval certificate should amend their exposition/ manual and associated procedures where applicable to account for changes introduced by Regulation (EU) 2019/1383 and 2020/270.

For that purpose, below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the main changes:

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ANNEX VD (PART-CAO) (EU) 2019/1383 (Amended by (EU) 2020/270

Notification of Forthcoming Training in the Following Subjects:

o   Part CAMO
o   Part CAMO SMS
o   Part CAO Including Quality Auditing & Airworthiness Review

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Sofema Aviation Services considers terminology related to FAA Unapproved Parts.

Introduction What is an Unapproved Part?

Note - Unapproved Parts are not acceptable either within the FAA or EASA system - No part which is found to be not acceptable for fitment under FAA conditions will ever be acceptable to fit to EASA Registered Aircraft.

A part that fails to meet any of the criteria pursuant to FAR Part 21. This definition also includes parts that have been intentionally misrepresented, including counterfeit parts.

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Sofema Aviation Services considers the various obligations to ensure the effective delivery of an EASA

CAO.A.100 Quality System and Organisational Review

Two options depending on size & scope:

1) Independent Reviews - Small CAO - Only Part ML Aircraft

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Introduction by Sofema Online

Without doubt we face multiple distractions in the workplace and during meetings. Mobile Phones, Laptops. Emails & Text Messages to name but a few.

Without meeting discipline and etiquette people will slip into “bad practices”.

By addressing in a good way, the common distractions, our meetings will become more productive, and even take less time.

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Sofema Online looks at the availability and suitability of various online courses which are currently available with Sofema Online.


Sofema Online Considerations related to the Part M – Continuing Airworthiness Environment

In this Blog we answer the question - Which Courses are Most Appropriate for my role in the PART M CAMO Organisation?

Sofema Online has been providing professional EASA compliant online regulatory training courses in support of the competence development of your Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) Staff.

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Introduction by Sofema Online

Meetings need to be efficient – put simply it is an essential part of a strong business process to drive unnecessary waste and therefore to reduce associated cost.

The first five minutes of any meeting are crucial, and that to encourage participation during the meeting, you must set the tone in the correct way. Provide for a strong engagement by drawing people into the meeting subject from the very beginning.

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Presentation by Sofema Online how to make your meetings more effective - Considering Meeting Preparation.

A meeting is only effective if we can deliver actionable outcomes. Every meeting should have an agenda that should focus attention on the key elements of the meeting.

Considering the Purpose of The Meeting

Understanding the purpose of a meeting might seem like a given, however, for many people attending meetings, there is a realization that they neither contributed to the value of the meeting or received value from their attendance.

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Sofema Online looks at best practice Meeting Facilitation


Well facilitated meetings are far more productive than meetings that carry on in a relatively uncontrolled manner.

It is should be clear that people will more motivated and engage more willingly in group dialogue when they can see a clear connection to what’s in it for them.

Understand that the role of a facilitator is not to be an expert rather to create an environment where people can freely engage with the meeting objectives.

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Review by Sofema Online - Taking a look at how long the FAA Suspect Parts Program has been in place.


The FAA Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUP) Program Office opened in November 1995 with a mandate to promote a pro-active approach to the task of identifying unapproved parts and removing them from the aviation system.

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Sofema Online considers issued related to FAA & EASA Suspect Unapproved Parts (SUP)


Both EASA and the FAA take very seriously the potential exposure regarding Suspect Parts and will typically take positive action to address once informed by Industry of the reason for the Suspect Part.

Parts manufactured without an appropriate and legal authorized release are described as "unapproved"; they may, in fact, be inferior counterfeits, or be original parts but have in fact been used beyond their time limits, or have not been correctly repaired or have been previously approved but not properly returned to service, be stolen, come with fraudulent labels, production overruns that were not sold with the agency's permission, and those that are untraceable.

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Sofema Online looks at the issues surround Suspect Unapproved Parts (SUP’s)

Whether you are dealing with EASA or FAA parts the challenge remains the same – namely to ensure that the parts are airworthy and from a reputable source.

EASA Article 4(4) of Regulation (EU) 376/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council tasks EASA with the establishment of a mandatory reporting system. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1018 specifies that one of the occurrences which are subject to reporting is ‘the use of products, components or materials, from unknown, suspect origin, or unserviceable critical components’ – SUP.

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