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This book outlines the structure and activities of companies in the European aviation industry. The focus is on the design, production and maintenance of components, assemblies, engines and the aircraft itself.

In contrast to other industries, the technical aviation industry is subject to many specifics, since its activities are highly regulated by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the National Aviation Authorities and by the aviation industry standard EN 9100. These regulations can influence the companies’ organization, personnel qualification, quality management systems, as well as the provision of products and services.

This book gives the reader a deeper, up-to-date insight into today's quality and safety requirements for the modern aviation industry. Aviation-specific interfaces and procedures are looked at from both the aviation legislation standpoint as well as from a practical operational perspective.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

This book is dedicated to a topic that has so far hardly received any attention in literature: aeronautical organisations. This term summarises EASA approved organisations that design, produce or maintain aviation products. This text outlines in detail, how setup and processes of these organisations must be structured to, above all, comply with the standards of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). In addition to that, aeronautical organisations that do not hold EASA approvals, but have obtaining an EN 9100 certification, are portrayed here as well.
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2. Authorities and Official Organisations

Authorities and official organisations that determine and supervise the legal framework of aeronautical organisations are presented in this chapter. With their actions, these institutions considerably influence the fundamental operational structure of the organisations that this book focuses on.
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3. Regulations and Approvals

The basis of almost all technical aviation activities is provided by legal and normative regulations. Being aware of these requirements is an important precondition, allowing readers to develop a comprehensive understanding of the structure and procedures of aeronautical organisations.
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4. Design design

The beginning of every product development project is defined by the design phase. The design of aviation products is subject to stringent legal requirements in terms of type design, design process and certification as well as with regard to the structure of the design organisations.
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5. Maintenance Management

The purpose of maintenance management is to ensure airworthiness of an aircraft during its life cycle by way of systematic maintenance planning. Therefore, first and foremost basic maintenance measures must be defined. Later, their implementation is to be monitored and the maintenance planning adjusted where necessary. At the same time, early identification of any issues that could put airworthiness at risk must be ensured within the context of maintenance management.
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6. Aviation Production Management

This chapter outlines basic shop floor requirements that are applicable to production and maintenance, primarily focusing on preparatory activities, i. e. on requirements that must be met from a legal and regulatory or economic perspective to be able to commence production activities in the first place. This in particular, comprises basics of production and maintenance planning presented in the first subsection, as well as the supply of job cards that are detailed in Sect. 6.2.
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7. Production production

This chapter is dedicated to the production of aviation products as well as parts and appliances. The focus is not only on the production or assembly of the actual aircraft. The activities of suppliers are discussed for the components and module production as well.
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8. Maintenance

As soon as aircraft were handed over after production, it is to be ensured that they constantly remain in an airworthy condition during operation; this requires regular examination and maintenance activities. These activities may only be carried out by approved maintenance organisations according to EASA Part 145. This chapter deals with their structure and function in detail by first outlining the basics of aircraft maintenance.
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9. Material and Service Supply

Similar to other industries, aeronautical organisations are highly dependent on other companies. Not only material, operating supplies and standard parts, but also components, modules and services have to be procured externally. Conditions are made more difficult by the fact that aeronautical organisations have full responsibility for the quality of the delivered products with respect to aviation legislation. Moreover traceability of material flow must be ensured from the source to installation in the aircraft for many parts. Therefore, procurement of materials and services is of considerable importance.
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10. Personnel

The high product and process complexity as well as requirements to product quality and safety formulated by aviation legislation forces aeronautical organisations to focus particularly on qualification of their staff.
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11. Quality and Safety Management

The exceptional quality and safety requirements for aeronautical organisations give quality management (QM) a special significance and make a detailed discussion indispensable here. In this context, basics of quality management are firstly looked into, before quality management systems are presented. Initially, purpose and objectives of such systems are outlined there, followed by a description of associated documentation elements. The latter comprises operational standard documentation in the form of procedure or process descriptions as well as manuals, checklists and other relevant documents in addition to the quality manual and/or the Organisation Exposition.
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