In this Newsletter    
Editorial   Dear Readers, 

Welcome to February's edition of the QCM Newsletter!  

February: the shortest month of the year, when there's so much to do, and so little time to do it in! I've had to brush up on my time management skills, and get myself properly organized!
Speaking of time organization there are our courses for the coming few months to discover and consider. and plan for. Please have a look at the open course status and our course updates for further information.

Read about QCM's Design Organization and our progress over 18 months in this month's main article.
Also included are a one or two
short articles.
This month, QCM is pleased to have a few job offers available, and you can, of course, continue to send us your job vacancies and descriptions to be posted in our newsletter.

Here's to short months, and longer days!

Excitedly yours,

Erika G


Course Updates
I. Open Course Status
March - April 2015

II. Open Course Status EASA Part-147 Type Trainings

Main Article


II. ICAO and 15 minute position updates 

Job Market

Please find below our open courses with seats available.

If you are interested in participating in these courses, or any other training, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  I. Open Course Status  /  March - April 2015
  Course Title Date
  EASA Part-145 Ref. 03.03.15 open Georg Stöcker
  EASA Part-M Subpart G Refresher 04.03.15  4 Paul Baumann
  EASA Part-M Subpart F 04.-05.03.15 open Georg Stöcker
  Air Operation Regulation 09.-10.03.15 open Patrick Sutter
  Aviation Legislation 16.03.15 open Markus Enck
  EASA Part-M Subpart G 17.-18.03.15 1 Paul Baumann
  Airworthiness Review for ARC Signatories 19.03.15 open Paul Baumann
  EASA Part-21 DOA Expert 24.-25.03.15 open Christian Schusser
  Train the Trainer for Supervisors 14.-15.04.15 open Dave Paterson
  Human Factors Initial 16.-17.04.15 open Anton Bürgi
  Stock Management 28.-29.04.15 open Georg Stöcker
  OPS Differential 30.04.15 open Patrick Sutter
 If not stated otherwise, courses take place in our facilities in Belp/Berne.
Please click on the Course title for detailed information

II. Open Course Status  /  EASA Part-147 Type Trainings
  Course Title Date
  Dassault Falcon 900B - 900EX Diff 08.-10.04.2015 open TBD
  Dassault Falcon 900EX - 900EX EASy Diff. B1 13.-16.04.2015 open TBD
 If not stated otherwise, courses take place in our facilities in Belp/Berne.
Please click on the Course title for detailed information

QCM's Design Organization: 18 Months of Success  
May 27, 2013 was the date that started it all; the Design Organization Approval had come through, and QCM now had its own Design Organization: EASA.21J.509.
18 months on, and it's always nice to reflect on our successes and all that we have learnt during this time.
During our very busy and functional 18 months, we have given 45 Minor Change Approvals for all manner of changes; ranging from carpet changes to veneer refurbishments to the certifications of coffee machines and Blu-Ray players, the variety is vast, and has provided quite the wide learning ground. There is always something to learn in each of the these projects, especially when one has only just graduated, and begins in the Part 21J industry with little to no experience in design engineering. However, the continued support and combined knowledge from peers, in particular Mr. Christian Schusser and Mr. Alexander Luley, have been phenomenal.
Not only has our team grown in members to round us off quite nicely at four people, but we have expanded our project horizon and knowledge. We are currently handling between three to four Minor Changes, we are also in the process of certifying and supporting two companies with the approval of Major Changes, which result in Supplemental Type Certificates.
Our combined experience can only be expanded upon by giving a broad view of our team, and our capabilities.
Our Head of Design Organization always has a keen interest in the types of projects we are working on, and is always looking for more opportunities to bring in a variety of clients from around Europe.
In comparison, QCM’s Chief Office of Airworthiness has prepared numerous certification projects, encompassing STCs and minor changes, and has been in the aviation industry for 16 years. He has since set up two Design Organizations from scratch, the latest one being QCM design GmbH. As well as being Chief Office of Airworthiness, he gives training courses for QCM about Design Organization Approvals and Production Organization Approvals, and the legislation and regulation behind them. Having given these courses for a while now puts him in a good position to teach the members of our team at work, when we have questions about the regulations, or about why something is done the way it is.
Some of the things our team members have learnt over the past year and a half with QCM design are among the following:
  • How to be creative and flexible whilst handling numerous projects at the same time;
  • The complexity in substantiation for even a cabin carpet change;
  • The devil is in the details! Take each project slowly and efficiently;
  • How to ‘correctly’ interpret regulations based on which country or authority they originate from, i.e. FAA, JAA, EASA, etc.;
  • Avionics are a complex playground; it’s very easy to get lost in the wirings, however practice makes perfect;
  • How changes are classified into Minor and Major, and from there, into Substantial, Significant, and Non-Significant, as well as the reason behind the Changed Product Rule (Part 21A.101);
As for myself, in the 18 months since beginning at QCM design, I’ve learnt so much more than was ever taught at Uni. Being immersed in the aviation industry has given me more experience than I had ever thought capable of knowing, and I am always surprised when I can write a certification programme and not have to rely on my team, or when I explain to customers the right type of flammability test to conduct!
I really enjoy having such an efficient, brilliant team as this one, and I’m always hugely thankful for the support they give me!

For more information, check us out on our website here!  

I am always on the hunt for various topics on which to write my article each month. If you have a suggestion, or simply a question you would like answered, please do not hesitate to write me an email. I can be reached by clicking on this link:

Notice of Proposed Amendments (NPAs)

NPA 2015-01
Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) implementation in the European Air Traffic Management Network (EATMN
NPA 2014-29 (C)(2)
Amendments to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation) — Flight Examiner Manual: Module 3 — Test standards: Helicopters
17/12/2014 17/03/2015
NPA 2014-29 (D)(1)
Amendments to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation) — Flight Examiner Manual: Learning Objectives (LOs) (first part)
17/12/2014 17/03/2015
NPA 2014-29 (A)
Amendments to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation), as amended — Cover Regulation, Annex I, Annex II, Annex III and AMC & GM to Annex I (Part-FCL)
NPA 2014-29 (C)(1)
Amendments to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation) — Flight Examiner Manual: Module 1 & Module 2 (Chapters 3, 4, 5 & 6)
NPA 2014-29 (C)(3)
Amendments to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/20111 (the Aircrew Regulation) — Flight Examiner Manual: Module 8, Chapter 1 & Module 9, Chapter 1
NPA 2014-29 (D)(2)
Amendments to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation) — Flight Examiner Manual: Learning Objectives (LOs) (second part)
17/12/2014 17/03/2015
NPA 2014-29 (B)
Amendments to the Acceptable Means of Compliance & Guidance Material to Annex I (Part-FCL) to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011
17/12/2014 17/03/2015
NPA 2014-28
AMC/GM for non-complex approved training organisations (ATOs) 
08/12/2014 08/02/2015
NPA 2014-27
Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations’ (CAMOs) and Part-145 organisations’ responsibilities
02/12/2014 02/03/2015
Halon: Update of Part-26 to comply with ICAO Standards
18/11/2014 18/02/2015

OPINION: Is ICAO on right track with 15min position updates? 

After Air France flight 447 was lost in the Atlantic in 2009 the industry debated what it should do to ensure that never again would an aircraft’s oceanic position be so ill-defined that it takes two years to find the wreckage. But nothing actually happened.

This time, since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing without trace in March 2014, ICAO has assembled a team to decide what could, practically, be done. The consensus is that airlines are free to choose their own technology, but they must install a system that provides a position report every 15min.

That’s not good enough on its own, as an oceanic search area could still have a 100nm (185km) circle of radius, which represents a formidable search task if the sea is deep. Either the position updates should be every 5min, or there must be additional location clues, like deployable emergency locator transmitters/flight data recorders, or a system for transmitting comprehensive data back to base when a distress situation triggers the communications link. ICAO is still working on these.

The other consensus ICAO has led, triggered by the shootdown of MH17, is a system for sharing intelligence with airlines about risk levels in specific conflict zone airspace. Much of the information will have to be used with caution, because conflicts tend to corrupt intelligence, but that’s no reason to drop the idea. Any intelligence shared is better than none.

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Design Engineer for Avionics / Electrical Systems (ATA Chapters 23, 34)

As a member of a dynamic team, your participation contributes to the certification and design of various changes on aircraft. We are looking for engineers with previous in depth experience, and the following responsibilities and qualifications will be key in preparing your application.

  • design and development of changes to aircraft (i.e. installation certification of GPS NAV system)
  • concept optimization after analysing customer needs
  • developing compliance documents to European aviation specifications

  • graduated from a technical aviation school with an academic degree (BSc or MSc)
  • at least 3 years of experience in an EASA Part 21J design organization in the field as stated above
  • familiar with Microsoft Office applications
  • familiar with CAD systems (preferably with Solid Edge) and methods of design (Wiring Diagrams)
  • high level of English communication skills, both written and spoken (German not necessary)
  • ability to work both independently and as part of an international, multicultural team
  • willingness to travel and work on-site
  • willingness to relocate to Switzerland

This position offers a competitive salary package for a 42.5 hour week. Depending on qualifications and experience in Aerospace Engineering, an overpayment is conceivable.

Please provide a motivation letter with an updated copy of your CV in PDF format and send it to:

Mr. Christian Schusser

Q.C.M. design GmbH
Eichholzweg 20-24
CH-3123 Belp


Q.C.M. quality control management AG Training Part-147

For our EASA Part-147 approved training organization, we are looking for Freelance Instructors for:
  • Dassault Falcon 900 series
  • Pilatus PC-12NG
You  are  someone  who  wants  to  influence  your  own  development.  This  responsible  role  facilitates the necessity of developing and executing Aircraft Type Training for the following Aircraft Types:
  • Falcon 900
  • PC-12NG
Your profile:
  • Holder of an EASA Part-66 License in the category for which the training will be given (B1,B2, and/or C)
  • Knowledge  proof  of  the  relevant  type  of  aircraft  for  which  training  will  be  given,  gained through a formalised training course according EASA Part-66 Appendix III Level-3.

Please  send  your  CV  and  relevant  documents  to  Markus  Enck  (
Tel. +41 31 960 40 60


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