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Editorial   Dear Readers, 

Welcome to the February edition of the QCM Newsletter for 2016!  
 
Although I have not been preparing this newsletter for very long, I occasionally sit back and ponder on what to include in my short editorial. This time, however, I find myself reminiscing; February 19th marked the third anniversary of my arrival in Switzerland. While hindsight is always noted as being 20/20, I can look back and be proud of how far I have come in the past three years. Not only have I built a better relationship with my Grandparents whom I previously only saw once a year, but I have found myself a family in the form of my partner, as well as the team I work with at QCM. Such a big move was quite daunting at the beginning, but I can now say that I am very happy with my decision!
 
"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you."
- B.B. King 

Please have a look at the open course status and our updates for further information regarding QCM's upcoming courses.

Georg Stöcker explains the latest changes in continuing airworthiness regulations in this month's main article.
 
A brief article and any updates on the Notices of Proposed Amendment posted by EASA can be found
here

 
Here's to Life's changes: big and small!

Happily yours,


Erika G
Q.C.M.
 
 












 
Course Updates
I. Open Course Status March - June 2016

II. Open Course Status EASA Part-147 Type Trainings


Main Article
 
Newsflash

I. NPAs

II. New Garmin Transponders


 
Job Market
   
 


 
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  Accountable Manager 01.-02.03.16 open Markus Enck
  Stock Management 08.-09.03.16 open Georg J. Stoecker
  EASA Part-21 DOA Expert 08.-09.03.16 open Christian Schusser
  EASA Part-145 Refresher 10.03.16 open Georg J. Stoecker
  EASA Part-M Subpart G 15.-16.03.16 open Paul Baumann
  Airworthiness Review for ARC Signatories 17.03.16 open Paul Baumann
  EASA Part-M Subpart G Refresher 18.03.16 open Paul Baumann
  Auditor 30.03.-01.04.16 open Markus Friedli
  Train the Trainer for Supervisors 05.-06.04.16 open Matthias Werner
  Human Factors Initial 12.-13.04.16 open TBD
  AMP & ARC for Part-145 / M.F Organisations 14.04.16 open Paul Baumann
  Train the Trainer 09.-13.05.16 open Matthias Werner
  Fuel Tank Safety 10.05.16 open Paul Baumann
  EWIS Electrical Wiring Interconn. System 11.05.16 open Paul Baumann
  Fuel Tank Safety & EWIS Refresher 12.05.16 open Paul Baumann
  NiCad Batteries 30.-31.05.16 open Anton Bürgi
  Air Operation Regulation 06.-07.06.16 open Claudio Pacozzi
  Aircrew Regulation 08.-09.06.16 open Patrick Sutter
 
II. Open Course Status  /  EASA Part-147 Type Trainings
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  Falcon 900EX Level 1 C Theoretical 21.-24.03.16 open Chris Tamerius
  Falcon 900B - 900EX Level 3 B1 Diff.  29.-31.03.16 open Chris Tamerius
  Learjet 55 Level 1 C 11.-27.04.16 open Walter Brisch
  Falcon 900EX - 900EX EASy Level 3 B1 Diff.  25.-28.04.16 open Chris Tamerius
  Learjet 45 Level 1 C 07.-10.06.16 open Walter Brisch
         
 



 

The Latest Changes in Continuing Airworthiness Regulations 
by Georg Stöcker

Today, I want to apologise for the possible confusion I created with the latest changes in my consolidated versions of Part-M, Part-145, Part-66, and Part-147.

I was made aware of the mistake due to a very helpful comment from an Aviation Inspector from the Civil Aviation Agency, Slovenia. He was so kind as to forward to me feedback from EASA that he had received which makes the current situation a little bit more clear. It does not mean that I fully understand the way the regulator publishes these amendments, but that is the privilege of the regulator.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH DEAR AVIATION INSPECTOR.

I really feel sorry for the confusion I possibly created and I hope you, dear readers, will not blame me too much. What happened?
On 17.9.2015, with the Official Journal (OJ) L 241 the latest amendment to Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 was published as
 

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/1536
of 16 September 2015

amending Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 as regards alignment of rules for continuing airworthiness with Regulation (EC) No 216/2008, critical maintenance tasks and aircraft continuing airworthiness monitoring
 
This regulation included the following explanations:

(3)     It is necessary to establish the conditions under which air carriers licenced in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council may operate aircraft registered in a third country, in order to ensure that the relevant essential requirements set out in Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 are complied with.

(4)     It is necessary to ensure uniform application of the requirements of the aircraft continuing airworthiness monitoring programme within the Union. To that end, the provisions contained in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 concerning the implementation by the competent authorities of an aircraft continuing airworthiness monitoring programme should be amended.

(5)     It is necessary to mitigate the risks associated to the performance of maintenance and in particular to ensure that the necessary measures are taken by the persons and organisations concerned to detect errors made during the performance of maintenance that may affect flight safety. Therefore, the requirements for performance of maintenance set out in Annex I and Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 should be amended.

(6)     Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(7)     It is necessary to provide sufficient time for the aeronautical industry and Member States' administrations to adapt to the amended regulatory framework. A differed application date should therefore be provided for this Regulation as a whole.
 
In addition Article 2 states:

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
It shall apply from 25 August 2016.
 
After becoming aware about this latest amendment I started to incorporate it into my consolidated versions to keep these up to date:
Part-M      QCM-Part-M-en-Rev13-251015
Part-145   QCM-Part-145-en-Rev14-251015
Part-66     QCM-Part-66-en-Rev05-251015
Part-147   QCM-Part-147-en-Rev07-251015
and I established the new
Part-T       QCM-Part-T-en-Rev00-251015
 
By incorporating this latest amendment into my consolidated versions, I realised that the existing ACCEPTABLE MEANS OF COMPLIANCE & GUIDANCE MATERIAL (AMC & GM) did not completely correspond anymore to this latest regulation.

As an example, let's have a look into Part-145, and paragraph 145.A.65(b).
My consolidated version of Part-145 Rev. 13, dtd. 15.07.2015 was based on Regulation 1321/2014 and did read as follows:


At this stage we had 145.A.65(b) with points 1, 2, 3 and 4 together with AMC 145.A.65(b), AMC 145.A.65(b)2 and AMC 145.A.65(b)3.
The next consolidated version of Part-145 Rev. 14, dtd. 25.10.2015 did incorporate Regulation 2015/1536 and did read as follows:




As you can see, with this amendment 145.A.65(b) was changed. Points 1 through 4 were replaced by the new points 1 and 2 with a completely new wording. And consequently the existing AMC did not correspond anymore to the regulation.
At that time I was under the assumption that EASA will soon come up with a revision to the AMC & GM to clarify this subject.
In December a new amendment to the AMC & GM was published as
 

Executive Director Decision 2015/029/R
of 17 December 2015

issuing acceptable means of compliance and guidance material to Part-M, Part-145, Part-66, and Part-147 of Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 and repealing Decision 2003/19/RM of the Executive Director of the Agency of 28 November 2003
‘AMC and GM to the Annexes to Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 — Issue 2’

As the title says, this is a completely new AMC & GM and with this document, the previous AMC & GM was repealed with all the corresponding amendments.
I decided to incorporate this new AMC & GM and to publish a new consolidated version of Part-145 as Rev. 15, dtd. 20.01.2016, which reads as follows:




While incorporating this latest amendment to the AMC & GM into Part-145, I was surprised to learn that AMC 145.A.65(b), AMC 145.A.65(b)2 and AMC 145.A.65(b)3 were still existing and where not changed. This has the consequence that the Regulation and the AMC & GM still do not correspond.
 
After reading now this helpful comment from the Aviation Inspector from the Civil Aviation Agency, Slovenia, including this feedback from EASA he received, I see now a light at the end of the tunnel.

Today, we have now the following situation:
The current and applicable regulations are

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1321/2014 of 26 November 2014

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/1088 of 3 July 2015

The current and applicable AMC & GM has been issued with

Executive Director Decision 2015/029/R of 17 December 2015

 
COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/1536 is not yet applicable.

As you can read in Article 2 of this regulation "... It shall apply from 25 August 2016. ..." (see above).
 
Instead of incorporating this COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/1536 I should have issued a consolidated version which includes the following regulations and AMC & GM only:

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1321/2014 of 26 November 2014

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/1088 of 3 July 2015

Executive Director Decision 2015/029/R of 17 December 2015

 
So, what I am now urgently waiting for is an amendment to Executive Director Decision 2015/029/R of 17 December 2015, bringing the AMC & GM in line with COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/1536.
 
To be honest, I am personally wondering why EASA decided to issue a complete new AMC & GM without taking into consideration the latest changes to the Commission Regulation. Especially when we talk about the fact that "... The organisation shall establish procedures ... taking into account human factors and human performance ...;" why is this principle not followed by the regulator?
 
Should you require further explanations to completely confuse you, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
 
I wish you all the best for the future.

 

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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: newsletter@qcm.ch



 
Notice of Proposed Amendments (NPAs)
  
TITLE DATE PUBLISHED END OF COMMENT
     
NPA 2015-22 21/12/2015 21/03/2016
Open rotor engine and installation
 
   
NPA 2015-20 18/12/2015 29/02/2016
Review of the Aircrew Regulation in order to provide a system for private pilot training outside approved training organisations, and of the associated acceptable means of compliance and guidance material
 
   
NPA 2015-21 18/12/2015 18/03/2016
TAWS operation in IFR and VFR, and TAWS for turbine-powered aeroplanes under 5 700 kg MCTOM able to carry six to nine passengers
 
   
NPA 2015-19 17/12/2015 17/02/2016
Executive interior accommodation
 
   
NPA 2015-18 27/11/2015 29/02/2016
Update of the rules on air operations (Air OPS Regulation - all Annexes & related AMC/GM)    
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
 

New Garmin Transponders Add ADS-B Solutions for G1000s 
by Matt Thurber (AINonline), Feb 9, 2016 


Early in February, Garmin announced its ADS-B solution for G1000 avionics systems: the new GTX 335 and 345 transponders, which also will serve ADS-B OUT needs for a variety of Garmin products, including the G500/G600, GNS 430W/530W, GNS 480 and G3X Touch. The GTX is an all-in-one transponder and 1090-MHz ADS-B OUT unit; the GTX 345 offers dual-link (987 and 1090 MHz) ADS-B IN and the GTX 335 ADS-B OUT only. Both are also available as remote-mount transponders and fully integrate with G1000 systems. G1000-equipped turboprop aircraft that can be upgraded to ADS-B OUT capability using the new transponder include the Cessna Caravan, Daher TBM 700 through 900 and Piper Meridian. Even without a compatible cockpit-mounted display, the GTX 345 can display ADS-B traffic and weather, GPS position data and back-up attitude information on the Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight Mobile apps using Garmin’s Connext wireless technology. 

The panel-mount GTX units offer a pressure altitude readout, dedicated numeric squawk code buttons and a built-in timer. All of the GTX transponders can be equipped with an optional ADS-B OUT-compliant Waas/GPS source and an optional blind encoder, although the GPS source is only for ADS-B needs and doesn’t add Waas/LPV approach capability. The GTX transponders have already received FAA TSO approval and an approved model list STC is expected later this month, followed by EASA validation later this year. These panel-mount units fit into the same space as a Garmin GTX 330, but are an inch shorter.

Installations do not have to be done by aircraft OEM service centers and are available from Garmin dealers. The GTX 345 with Waas/GPS costs $5,795 and $4,995 without GPS; the GTX 335 with GPS is $3,795 and $2,995 without GPS.


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