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Aerodrome Certification Training Course

Introduction

This comprehensive 5 day course is based on the EU Aerodrome Regulation No. 139/2014, relating to the Certification and Oversight of aerodromes, and is designed for National Authorities wishing to set up and manage an effective Aerodrome Certification and Oversight process. It is also of benefit to Aerodrome management and staff who need to understand the regulation and establish the necessary management systems and compliance monitoring process in compliance with the regulation.

The course will introduce participants to the required Aerodrome regulatory oversight approaches, the difference between Aerodrome initial and on-going regulatory oversight and the use of auditing techniques in relation to the formal Certification of Aerodromes with regulatory requirements, together with the necessary risk based on-going oversight and approval of changes.

The course will also address the development and implementation of the necessary regulatory Management System and associated processes together with supporting documented procedures.

 

The course will utilize an Aerodrome case study in relation to which participants will plan and undertake the necessary activities relating to Certification and on-going oversight, including changes to Aerodrome infrastructure and operations.

Course Content

Course contents:

  • The EU approach to Aerodrome Certification, including The determination of the Certification Basis for each Aerodrome, the relevance of the Certification Specifications and their relationship with the Aerodrome Manual, Equivalent Levels of Safety and Special Conditions attached to an Aerodrome operation.
     
  • Developing and implementing the Aerodrome certification process, including the necessary roles and responsibilities, associated competencies within a National Authority and the development of the necessary Management System and associated certification and oversight processes and supporting procedures.
     
  • How to implement Initial and On-going Safety Regulatory Oversight in relation to Certification of Aerodromes, including determination and agreement of the scope of application of regulatory requirements in relation to the certification of individual Aerodromes.
     
  • Managing the oversight of changes and temporary deviations to steady state Aerodrome operations, including the use of risk based auditing as an integral part of Safety Regulatory Oversight.
     
  • Understanding the principles of formalised management systems (including QMS and SMS) in relation to Aerodrome Operations and the purpose and importance of the Aerodrome Manual in capturing and communicating how these have been interpreted and implemented.
     
  • The ability to plan, undertake and report a full initial assessment of capability of an Aerodrome against defined regulatory criteria, using internationally accepted best practice protocol and adopting the principles of ISO 19011, including leading and coordinating an audit team, conducting pre and post audit communications, Entry / Exit meetings with auditee management, and the provision of necessary reports.
     
  • The ability to plan an audit of selected aspects of an Aerodrome either as a stand-alone audit forming part of an on-going oversight programme, or as an integral part of an initial oversight exercise for the purpose of certifying an Aerodrome or for assessing the safety management measures taken following a risk-bearing change to certified arrangements.
     
  • Reporting audit findings objectively and basing conclusions on factual data, evaluating corrective action proposals that address root causes and undertaking follow up audits to establish the effectiveness of corrective actions taken.
     
  • The ability to quantify the level of risk attached to an Aerodrome and hence determine the level and frequency of future oversight activities.
     
  • Consideration and issuing of Safety Directives. 

 

Learning Objectives

By the end of this 5 day course attendees should have:

  • An understanding of the difference between Aerodrome initial and on-going regulatory oversight audits and their application in relation to the assurance of conformity of Aerodromes with regulatory requirements and the formal issue of a Certificate to an Aerodrome.
  • Sufficient knowledge to begin the process of developing an Aerodrome Certification and on-going oversight process as required by the Implementing Rules, together with the use of audit techniques to verify effective implementation of an Aerodrome’s Management System.
  • An understanding of the audit corrective action process, root cause analysis and how to plan and undertake a follow up audit to verify effective implementation of audit corrective actions.
  • An understanding how to plan and manage an audit oversight programme, and the confidence and ability to plan, conduct and report an audit of an Aerodrome for compliance with all relevant regulations.
  • An understanding of how to address changes to Aerodrome infrastructure and operations through the regulatory oversight process and the issuing of Safety Directives.

 

Who should take this course

This training course is designed for Regulatory managers and Aerodrome inspectors who need to understand and implement an effective Aerodrome Certification and on-going oversight process based on the Implementing Rules, using best practice management system principles and auditing techniques.

The course will also be of benefit to Aerodrome management, Safety Managers, Quality Managers, Aerodrome Operations Managers and compliance monitoring staff.

 

Pre-requisites

Attendees should have an understanding of the Implementing Rules relating to both the roles and responsibilities of Competent [National] Authorities and Aerodromes.

Duration

5 days, starting at 09.00 each day and ending at approx 17.00 on the last day.

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