QCM's Information & Discussion Event 2016
September 16, 2016
September 16th dawned as every great day should: the cheery greeting of the QCM Staff, ready for a big day. The day began with a QCM Group Picture full of smiling faces. Further preparations included directing guests to the designated parking zones, and preparing the coffee and tea for all those that needed warming up after braving the chilly, windy conditions.
The Event began at 9.30 on the dot, and after all guests had registered, our MC for the Event, Georg Stöcker opened the floor to our first presenters for the day: Ian Williams, the President of the EAMTC, discussed EASA Part-66 Licenses and the future of maintenance in the aviation industry. Ian explained the background and regulations to EASA and Part 66, as well as licensing in the context of technology, and different needs of the various aircraft groups, as well as what needs we might see in the future as technology evolves.
Margriet Bredewold, from Co-Guard GmbH, introduced the topic of the role Human Error plays in aviation. Many statistics were brought up, all relating to how human error has had an impact in aviation, for instance, maintenance errors regarding engine problems cause 50% of flight cancellations. Furthermore, Margriet explained human error, and performance adjustments to make in relation to work done.
After another coffee break, and the chance to stretch our legs, Klaus Tibi took the stage; he explained the how and why of flammability. The regulations that apply to flammability were detailed and explained, and examples of various disasters were outlined, along with their direct result. Jet Aviation Basel’s flammability test apparatus was also illustrated and explained, and gave all attendants a more thorough knowledge of how the testing occurs.
After a hot lunch of one of Indonesia’s more well-known dishes, Nasi Goreng à la Bruno and Erika, Marion Venus from Venus Aviation GmbH stepped forward to present an in depth look into the Germanwings Crash and its consequences, and an oversight over the new EASA rules in 2017. As a Clinical and Health psychologist, Marion was very well placed to discuss such an emotional accident and the outcomes that have to be looked into in future regulations.
Mike Weber (ProJet) and Karsten Geiger (Arbeitswelt), presented the concept of Crew Pooling, and the benefits to the operators when implemented, as well as outlining the Rule Making Task 0599; a concept paper for “Clustered Operation” should be prepared by the end of 2016 by EASA. A market study has also been performed between crew and air operators, and many admit to working as, or hiring, freelance pilots.
The Information & Discussion was concluded by our very own Christian Schusser and Nicusor Ardac, who, with the help of Jean-Luc Rosenfeld, gave a brief insight into the Avionics Mandates, more specifically the ADS-B and CPDLC/FANS 1A systems. Nicusor, as the Expert, very thoroughly explained the requirements, and when the mandates were due by, with Christian posing as the interviewer for their presentation. Jean-Luc gave a further insight into In Flight Connectivity and its future, as well as making operators aware of the possibilities available on the market, and who the target audiences are for such antennae and technology.
The afternoon was then declared a free-for-all, with plenty of good cheer, lively discussions, and good food and drink. A lovely day was had by all, and we would like to thank all guests to came to Belp to help us celebrate QCM. A special thanks to all who organized the event, and all those who helped throughout the day!
QCM's 15,000th Course Participant
When Markus Enck and Britta Zwahlen founded Q.C.M. quality control management AG in 2000, their idea was to establish a support centre in the aviation industry. Initially, Markus provided training and consulting services for a few customers/organisations starting with the first customer “Christen Airtech” in Grenchen, Switzerland.
During these days, while sitting in Markus’ living room enjoying a nice bottle of wine (maybe not only one), their imagination of Q.C.M. never went so far as to think about a worldwide, well-known organisation being active in consulting, training, continuing airworthiness management and design, and serving customers from nearly all continents and relying on a team of approximately 30 colleagues, or better said FRIENDS. That’s what really drives this organisation; we are all friends and we call ourselves the “QCM FAMILY”.
What we all know today as “QCM” is “YOUR SWISS COMPETENCE CENTRE IN AVIATION”, an organisation which stands for
Q -> Questions will be answered and your wishes will be fulfilled; miracles take a little bit longer.
C -> Customer satisfaction is our priority; if you are happy, we are happy.
M -> Meet us at our QCM campus and enjoy our after-work parties. You are always welcome to join us.
And now, in July 2016, we have reached another milestone in QCM history.
After nearly 16 years providing training for the aviation industry, we are proud to announce that we reached the impressive milestone of having provided training to 15,000 course participants.
We took this number as a special occasion during our yearly "Information and Discussion Event" on 16th September 2016 and we celebrated the “winner”. Mr. Rudolf Neuenschwander, the Mayor of Belp, handed over a small present to Frank Luchtenberg, Deputy Nominated Person Continuing Airworthiness of Belair Airlines AG/airberlin group in Zürich.
Frank visited the EASA Part-M training in July 2016 at our QCM campus in Belp.
Picture (from left to right): Georg Stöcker (QCM Instructor/Consultant), Britta Zwahlen (QCM Training Coordinator), Frank Luchtenberg (15,000th participant), Rudolf Neuenschwander (Mayor of Belp), Markus Enck (QCM CEO).
We all hope that the next 15,000 participants will not wait another 16 years, but that we can celebrate the 30,000th participant much earlier.
WE COUNT ON YOU.
We look forward to welcoming you at our QCM campus, or meeting you during an inhouse training at your organisation.