Competency Framework for Aviation Authorities

Since 2017 European Regulations Air Operations require each Competent Authority to determine the qualification requirements for Flight Operations Inspectors based on the specific tasks that s/he will be required to perform. In order to do this the Authority needs to define the ‘competencies’ required for each task and the related minimum qualification requirements for that task. A training programme (initial and recurrent) is then developed to ensure that inspectors have the necessary competence.


ICAO Document 9868 describes a framework for the development of competency-based training and assessment for aviation personnel which can be applied to inspecting staff. Developing the list of competencies and the related training programmes is a complex and time-consuming task.

Pilot tasks

There are specific additional requirements for certain tasks that need to be conducted by a qualified pilot. These are the approval of aircraft operating procedures, flight crew training programmes and conduct of ‘flight inspections’. Inspectors assigned these tasks will need to hold (or have held) the relevant pilot’s licence and type rating. Where an Authority does not have suitably qualified inspectors ‘in-house’ there is the opportunity to bring in external expertise.

We’ve done this before

McKechnie Aviation has been working with the CAA of an EASA State to develop a competency framework for Inspectors in both Flight Operations and Aircrew. This work is enabling the CAA to implement a modular training programme that will significantly reduce the time taken for new recruits to start doing useful work and will also tie into the performance management process to give managers a clear view of the capabilities and training needs of the inspectorate.

We can help

For a discussion about how McKechnie Aviation can help to develop a competency framework and the associated Performance Standards for inspecting staff please get in touch.