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Welcome to the November edition of the QCM Newsletter!  
November: a month where the weather continues to vacillate between relatively nice, and freezing cold. November is also a month that invites the warmth of the seasonal change to enter our homes; the smell of a freshly baked pumpkin pie tantalizes the taste buds; a fresh cider made from the apple and pear harvest will quench your thirst; the brown, reds and organs from the falling leaves pattern the footpath.
"He who dares to teach must never cease to learn." - Unknown
Please have a look at the
open course status and our updates for further information regarding QCM's upcoming courses.

Read about the annual Part 21 DOA Implementation & Product Certification Workshop in this month's main article.
A brief article and any updates on the Notices of Proposed Amendment posted by EASA can be found

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 keeping warm as winter rolls in!

Thankfully yours,

Erika G

Course Updates
I. Open Course Status December 2015 - March 2016

II. Open Course Status EASA Part-147 Type Trainings

Main Article


II. The NBAA Wraps Up

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.

If not stated otherwise, courses take place in our facilities in Belp/Berne.
Please click on the Course title for detailed information

  I. Open Course Status  /  December 2015 - April 2016
  Course Title Date
  Auditor Refresher 01.12.15 open Georg J. Stoecker
  EASA Part-21 DOA Basic 16.-17.12.15 open Christian Schusser
  EASA Part-21 DOA Basic 19.-20.01.16 open Christian Schusser
  Management Systems in Aviation (incl. Safety and Quality Systems) 25.-28.01.16 open Markus Friedli
  EASA Part-145 02.-03.02.16 open Georg J. Stoecker
  OPS Differential 09.02.16 open Patrick Sutter
  ETOPS/RVSM/LVO for Maintenance & CAMO 10.02.16 open Paul Baumann
  Air Operation Regulation 22.-23.02.16 open Patrick Sutter
  Aircrew Regulation 24.-25.02.16 open Claudio Pacozzi
  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. Stöcker
  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
  EASA Part-66/ Part-147 05.-06.04.16 open Georg J. Stöcker
  Train the Trainer for Supervisors 05.-06.04.16 open Matthias Werner
II. Open Course Status  /  EASA Part-147 Type Trainings
  Course Title Date
  Falcon 900B - 900EX Level 3 B1 Diff. 16.-18.02.16 open Chris Tamerius
  Falcon 900EX Level 1 C 21.-24.03.16 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
  Falcon 900EX Level 1 C 12.-15.07.16 open Chris Tamerius


Part 21 DOA Implementation & Product Certification Workshop
Nov 18-19 2015 

by Erika Guillaume & Christian Schusser 

The objective of the yearly DOA Implementation & Product Certification workshop is to give an update on EASA Design Organisation department working methods and related product certification issues, procedures and on-going rulemaking activities to Authorities staff involved in EASA DOA, and Industry representatives.

A side meeting was held the day before the workshop commenced, and was an opportunity for those interested to further discuss various topics on an Industry level. Seven communities were represented (Airlines, General Aviation, Small Organizations, etc.), and an entire day was dedicated to discussing and preparing a presentation to give in the workshop the next day on the following themes:

  • to better focus on subjects of interest  within a specific category of DOA’s;
  • to enhance the interaction and exchange of information among participants, and
  • to take into consideration the feedback from last year session, mainly  to allow/ encourage small DOA’s also to present their views.
At the workshop itself,  the Industry was represented by 192 companies, from 12 different countries; EASA had two and a half dozen employees present from the Certification and DOA Team Leader branches; 6 different NAAs were also present. All in all, 350 people gathered in Cologne to listen and discuss the more persistent issues in the Industry, as well as provide feedback and recommendations to the heads of EASA.
This year featured a new workshop format, which allowed the participants to have more time for discussions, and questions & answers.

Among the main topics discussed, perhaps the most pertinent to our small organization were the DOA Terms of Approval, the Flight Test Operations Manual, the Level of Involvement, Operational Suitability Data, and the reciprocal acceptance of ETSOA/TSOA. These  subjects were presented by EASA experts, and the Q&A time was always thoroughly used up. 

DOA Terms of Approval

 The objective for the EASA working group No. CT.6/2015-01 is to improve the content in the Terms of Approval, which will allow for a better definition of the design activities granted to Design Organizations, as well as harmonizing the TOAs across all design organizations.
The improved TOA content will include more refined Scope of Work, Privileges, and Limitations sections. In a structured appendix, the Scope will detail the type of design work, a list of products, and limitations. Areas, subareas, and disciplines will also be further detailed within the TOA. It is expected that the DOA handbook will clearly define these themes.
Furthermore, a DOA ToA Tool will be developed for the definition of information required to be included in the DOA ToA Certificate. This tool will be used for both internal and external communication during DOA investigations. It will provide guidance on areas and subareas related to each product, and corresponding disciplines and sub-disciplines where the DOA holder would need to demonstrate competences. Possible limitations to each area will also be identified.
the next steps which will need to be taken are to concretely define the methodology, and incorporate the EASA internal working procedures, finish the DOA ToA Tool definition; implementation is expected in the first quarter of 2016

Flight Test Operations Manual

This presentation focussed on the various categories for Flight Tests, as well as looking at, and defining the characteristics and competences of a Licensed Flight Test Engineer (LFTE).
Appendix XII establishes the Flight Test Categories, using the proportionality approach/principle. From this approach, four categories were generated: CAT 1, 2, 3, and 4. (CAT 3 was not addressed, as it relates directly to Production Flight Testing.) Flight Tests on aircraft without a Type Certificate should be considered as tests performed under CAT 1 or 2. Flight tests for a modification of an aircraft already certified may be CAT 1, 2, or 4, depending on the purpose of the test.
It is expected that LFTEs are qualified on a basis of competence, which, like the Flight Tests is split into four levels. Levels of competence are founded on an adequate training programme (theory and flight test techniques) as well as a minimum flight experience (for example, Level 1 requires 100 hours of flight test experience (training included), whereas, Level 4 is as defined in the organization's Flight Test Operational Manual (FTOM).
The FTOM is a manual required under Part 21.A.243 for Design Organizations needing to perform flight tests. The manual shall describe how the essential requirements for aircraft operations are met (who performs the flights, how are the flights performed, what are the required instruments/equipment, etc.). The FTOM requirement must be complied with for flight tests performed after January 01, 2016.


Level of Involvement

EASA is looking at ensuring a consistent Level of Involvement, and developing better feedback loops between the product certification teams and the design organization.
The proposal is for four levels of classification to determine the level of involvement required in each project: Zero, Low, Mid and High involvement, each needing further contribution from the authorities.
A possible design organization privilege could also be implemented when a DOA has show capability in similar projects. The privilege would allow the DOA to approve non-significant major changes, issue non-significant STCs, and approve any major repair.

Operational Suitability Data

OSD is type related data necessary for safe operation of an aircraft. The responsibility for creating and publishing OSD lies with the TC-holder of the aircraft. Changes must be evaluated by the change approval holder for effects on published OSD. OSD must be considered when applying for major changes / STCs, furthermore, the handbooks and procedures, and even the DOA must be updated by December 19, 2016.
EASA expects that procedures are thoroughly addressed, that appropriate documentation is created of updated as necessary, that staff  members are trained, and nominated for new fields of expertise. The Agency will, in turn, assess document review reports, and perform audits and interviews.

Reciprocal Acceptance of ETSOA/TSOA

The FAA and EASA have proposed that the Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) be updated for the U.S. - EU Bilateral Agreement regarding the reciprocal acceptance of ETSOA/TSOAs, including the ETSO/TSO standards with technical differences and deviations. All existing ETSOA/TSOAs are henceforth reciprocally accepted, including the European NAA approvals issued prior to EASA (28 September 2003). Validations will only be required for Integrated Modular Avionics, Emergency Parachutes, active ULDs and APUs.
In the event that an ETSO standard is different to the TSO standard (CS-ETSO, Subpart B: Category 2), the European installer  (TC/STC Holder) needs additional qualification proof from the TSO manufacturer, which will need to be verified by a designated CVE [from the installer]. The same applies for ETSO articles installed in U.S. products.
Likewise, ETSO articles with EASA Form 1 are accepted in the U.S., and vice-versa, TSO articles with an FAA Form 8130-3 are accepted in Europe. In any case, an installation approval will need to be obtained.


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Notice of Proposed Amendments (NPAs)




NPA 2015-17 05/11/2015 05/02/2016
Airworthiness Review Process
NPA 2015-15 01/10/2015 08/01/2016
Additional airworthiness specifications for operations: Thermal/acoustic insulation material
NPA 2015-14 15/09/2015 15/12/2015
Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material to Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/XXX laying down the common rules of the air and operational provisions regarding services and procedures in air navigation (SERA Part C)
Notice of Availability for Comments 03/06/2015  
Draft FAA AC 21.101-1B: Establishing the Certification Basis of Changed Aeronautical Products    

NBAA Wraps Up Successful Las Vegas Convention 
by Stephen Pope, Nov 20, 2015 

NBAA 2015 is in the books after the doors closed for good yesterday on a show that featured an abundance of big news stories to go along with the big crowds.
The National Business Aviation Association said more than 27,000 attendees visited the show, where 1,100 exhibitors occupied around a million square feet of space inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show also included more than 100 airplanes at Henderson Executive Airport and in a static display area on the show floor.
NBAA's fight against user fees that are a part of a proposed plan in Congress to privatize ATC took center stage as the association urged visitors to contact their representatives in Washington to oppose the plan.
The big news stories at the show included the launch of a new large cabin jet, the Cessna Citation Hemisphere, a fleet order for 20 Aerion supersonic business jets from fractional provider Flexjet, and a new GA turboprop engine to take on the venerable Pratt & Whitney PT6.
Next year's NBAA Convention will be held November 1-3 in Orlando, Florida.

Read more here




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