MRO Americas University

Presented in cooperation with
JDA Aviation Technology Solutions

Training is one of the quintessential components for ensuring aviation safety and qualifications.  Nearly every aspect of the commercial aviation industry is involved in some type of training.  MRO Americas has tremendous opportunity to provide professional development and educational opportunities at its annual conference and exhibition and now through the introduction of the MRO Americas University.

The MRO Americas University is distinctive in its ability to clearly present important issues to those working in the MRO industry and provide current and comprehensive information that MRO professionals can use for more effective decision-making in a rapidly changing work environment.

Three training courses will be available on Monday, April 9, 2018. Registration opens at 8:30 am, classes begin at 9:00 am.

Legal Issues Every MRO Professional Should Understand

In the complex environment of aviation, there are always legal issues lurking that may not be fully understood until damage has been done at a potentially significant cost. That damage can often be avoided with early recognition of the potential problem and prompt action to address the issue. This 7.5 hour course reviews the myriad of legal issues that may arise in the daily course of running and working for an aviation-related business. The course will cover the process of FAA oversight, FAA investigations, FAA enforcement, and your rights, responsibilities, and strategy in working with and dealing with the FAA. The course will specifically cover the administration of the FAA’s drug and alcohol program, its requirements and the pitfalls with a review of the most common mistakes. The course will address the balance of factors in obtaining insurance and liability concerns, including ways to protect against liability. And, the course will review the most prominent employment concerns in the aviation business environment, including employment and independent contractor agreements, Whistleblower complaints, and sexual harassment claims. The course aims to raise the awareness of anyone working in the MRO industry of the issues that can arise with serious legal implication and the importance of recognizing those issues early and addressing them with the appropriate interests and rights in mind. Click for more information.

  • FAA’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Requirements
    • The Law, the Program, and the Guidance
    • Duties and Training
    • The Testing Process
    • Enforcement Case Review and Lessons Learned
  • FAA Investigations and Enforcement
    • The FAA’s Investigative Process
    • Records and Certificates Review
    • ASRP and Voluntary Disclosure Programs
    • Accident and Incident Reporting
    • Outcomes of an FAA Investigation
    • Legal Enforcement Action Process
    • FAA Records Availability
  • Employment
    • Types of employment
    • Contract terms
    • Whistleblower complaints
    • Today’s most common HR issues
  • Hot Legal Topics in Aviation
    • Recordkeeping
    • Liability Triggers and Protections
    • Insurance Availability and Coverages
    • NTSB Accident Investigations
    • Security 

This Legal course will be taught by a Kathy Yodice who has been representing aviation legal interests for over 20 years, beginning her career as an FAA prosecutor and then moving into private practice defending air carriers, commercial operators, repair stations, pilots, and mechanics against FAA enforcement actions and assisting entities and individuals in aviation compliance matters, medical certification concerns, contract execution, aircraft transactions, corporate governance, and other aviation-related business issues.  Ms. Yodice is a frequent lecturer on aviation legal and medical issues involving flight activities, airports, aircraft maintenance, and insurance.  In addition, Ms. Yodice regularly authors columns for the aviation community.

Ms. Yodice received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Frostburg State University, where she concentrated her studies on psychology and mathematics.  Ms. Yodice is a Past President of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and currently sits on their Board, and she served on AOPA’s Board of Aviation Medical Advisors and on the Board for the Civil Aviation Medical Association.  She was appointed to, and continues to serve on, the Editorial Board for the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law, and she is a former long-time panel member in the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.  She continues to be an active member of many aviation and legal organizations, including AOPA, NBAA, CAMA, Cub Club, LPBA, Maryland and D.C. Bar Associations, Aero Club of Washington, USPA, and Women In Aviation International.

Ms. Yodice is an instrument rated private pilot.  She learned to fly in the family’s 1946 Piper J-3 Cub, and she is the former owner of a 1968 Piper Cherokee 180, which she flew for 15 years.

Suspected Unapproved Parts – Inspection Authorization Recurrent Training

Aviation parts that do not meet applicable regulatory requirements enter the aviation system every day. To help combat the problem the FAA requires that each entity or person with Inspection Authorization conduct annual SUPs training. Click for more information. 

SUPs can range from parts that lack proper documentation to parts that are counterfeit.  While significant progress has been made to reduce the number of unapproved parts they are still being introduced into the aviation system and it requires constant vigilance and training to ensure that SUPs problems are addressed.  For many years the FAA provided SUPs training that air carriers, manufacturers, repair stations and suppliers could attend. However, SUPs training, while still ongoing for the FAA, was discontinued for the industry. As result JDA offers a SUPs training course taught by an unmatched team of former FAA Flight Standards, Engineering and Enforcement experts that worked on SUPs programs and provided SUPs training during their FAA careers.  This course will provide 8 of the 16 hours Inspection authorization recurrent training meeting requirements of 14 CFR Part 65.93 (A) (4) and will cover:

  • SUPs Definition
  • Why should we be concerned about unapproved parts?
  • Cost and impact of installing SUPs
  • Parts Approval Processes Roles and Responsibilities
  • Receiving Inspections and how unapproved parts enter the system
  • Determining the status of parts and part substantiation
  • Determining airworthiness of parts involved in accidents
  • Part Marking Requirements; new and used parts with updated materials
  • Fabrication of parts during maintenance
  • Military surplus parts and products
  • Civil and Legal Impact of producing, selling, certificating, or installing Unapproved Parts
  • Reporting a SUP and interfacing with the FAA
  • Setting up a SUPs

The SUPs course will be taught by a JDA Associate who was a former career FAA SUPs Flight Standards manager that was instrumental in establishing the FAA SUPs program to respond to the entry of potential unapproved parts into the aviation system at the air carrier, manufacturer, supplier, distributor, and/or repair stations of aircraft maintenance.  The JDA Associate is the lead instructor for JDA’s 2 day SUPs training course and also serves as a contract instructor teaching SUPs to FAA Inspectors at the FAA Training Academy.

Prior to working for the FAA Ken Gardner performed and led maintenance as a crew chief at 14 CFR Part 145 repair stations, Part 135 air taxi operators and Part 121 air carriers. His knowledge and experience assisted these organizations complete service, inspections and maintenance functions and provide training to new employees.

Safety Risk Management (SRM) – a primer and workshop on SRM for Repair Stations.  

There are very few industries that are as unforgiving of errors as aviation. Human Error is still the leading causal factor in aviation accidents. How can we reduce the likelihood and severity of mishaps to "as low as reasonably practicable", a term used in the regulation and management of safety-critical and safety-involved systems? It is irresponsible and wasteful to wait for an accident or incident to happen then figuring out how to prevent it from happening again. We should manage risk whenever we modify the way we do business or change something to make our chances of success as great as possible, while making our chances of failure, injury or loss as small as possible. Click for more information.

Whether your organization has a fully functional Safety Management System (SMS) or not in this course you will learn:

  1. The Functions of the SRM process
  2. When SRM should be used
  3. Applying the SRM process
  4. Hazard Identification
  5. Methods for completing a SRM analysis
  6. Risk Mitigation
  7. SRM Documentation

This course will include a SRM workshop where course attendees will participate in the SRM process, identify hazards and risks, the likelihood and severity of the risks and reaching consensus on controls and mitigations as well as completing hazard worksheets.

This course will be taught by Mike Rioux, COO of JDA Aviation Technology Solutions, who has extensive experience teaching and implementing SMS and facilitating SRM and Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) workshops. He completed MITRE SMS principles and theory, Advance SMS and SMS Audit courses and FAA Risk Assessment Workshops. Mike was the project team leader for JDA’s SMS work with a major US air carrier, SRA for a new US air carrier, SMS lead for 2 Part 91 operators and 2 international air carriers and recently provided SRA support for an autonomous aircraft flight test program and supported an foreign government agency with a SRA of 2 potential Autonomous Air Taxi suppliers.

In 1995 as Senior VP of Operations and Safety with ATA, he jointly established the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST), which was awarded the Collier Trophy. In 1998 Mike was recognized by Aviation Week & Space Technology with a Laurel in the field of Operations for leading the initial CAST effort.

Mike Rioux holds Business and Systems Engineering Management degrees from the University of Maryland and the University of Southern California, respectively.

$425 per course. $200 rate for Students and Government Employees.

Please Note — To register for MRO Americas University classes, you must choose one of the existing registration options under Tradeshow, Conference Attendee or Exhibitor.

No matter what category you select, you have the option of adding University classes. You will be prompted to select your course on the 3rd step of the registration process.

The fee per course is $425. Government Employee rate is $200. Student Rate is $200.

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