Auditing in Aviation

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Jenny Bradley
Jenny BradleyHead of Training
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Audits are of increasing importance for aerodromes and authorities when it comes to implementing management systems. Quality management systems (QMS) have proven their value controlling operational processes with focus on quality. As part of the continuous improvement cycle, audits are an essential instrument to identify and use potential improvements.

Based on ICAO requirements, the implementation of safety management systems at airports similar principles and instruments are needed to improve the safety of operations. EASA’s new requirements focusing on aerodromes (EU No 139/2014) also includes the use of audits as part of the oversight function by competent authorities. Therefore, aerodrome inspectors have to possess knowledge about auditing techniques.

The focus of this 2-day training course is on the basic principles of auditing, audit procedures and techniques. Besides the management of audit programmes (e.g. as part of a certification process), a close look will be taken on the whole audit process – beginning from planning through conduction up to analysis. Alternative procedures will be presented and discussed. The course refers to the basic principles of the guideline for auditing management systems (ISO 19011).

The participants gain the theoretical knowledge and a practical starting point enabling them to enhance their audit skills, e.g. in course of an on-the-job training. The course focusses on beginners who want to conduct internal or external audits (e.g. as part of an oversight programme) or who want to prepare for an upcoming audit. The participants have the possibility to practice what they have learnt in group exercises.

Course Details

Location: In-house
Language: German or English
Duration: 2 days

Course Content

Management systems and derivation of auditing basics

  • Audit objectives based on quality management and in particular referring to safety management systems
  • Planning and preparing of audits
  • Definition of audit criteria
  • Conducting the audit
  • Analysis and evaluation of audits
  • Tracking of identified correction measures and their effectiveness

Additional topics are for instance

  • Auditor competences
  • Questioning techniques and communication as well as social soft skills


Wolfgang Jöres

On the basis of his commercial pilot license and his engineering degree, Wolfgang has been working in aviation for more than 30 years, mainly in leadership positions. After a career as an officer and helicopter pilot in the German Air Force, he took responsibility for the modification of the German Polar research aircraft and operation in the polar regions. After that he was Managing Director, Accountable Manager, and Continuing Airworthiness Manager of a specialized aircraft operation. This company executed flight inspection services for the calibration of landing and navigation facilities in Europe and the Middle East. In his diverse positions Wolfgang acquired an in-depth knowledge of operational, technical, economic, and regulatory aspects in aviation, e.g. modification of aircraft, special mission operations, and airspace infrastructure. Today he acts as an aviation consultant for special mission operators, and as an aerospace auditor.

Target Group

  • Beginners in auditing
  • Employees responsible for auditing internal operational processes (e.g. as part of SMS duties)
  • Employees responsible for auditing external companies (e.g. as part of SMS or QMS duties)
  • Members of oversight authorities responsible for inspections and audits at companies, e.g. as aerodrome inspector certifying aerodromes as required by EASA

Organisational Details

airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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