Part SPA – Specific Approvals including PBN, MNPS, RVSM, LVO (AWOPS), ETOPS

2-day course | Virtual & In-company Delivery
  • Receive an overview of the EASA Part SPA / Annex V main elements
  • Learn practical oversight requirements of Specific Approvals
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19/04/2023 Online £900.00 More than 5 places Book
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Course overview

What is Part SPA?

Part SPA is Annex V to Commission Regulation 965/2012, covering the Implementing Rules, (IRs), Acceptable Means of Compliance, (AMCs), and Guidance Material, (GMs) affecting Specific Approvals for which an AOC may apply that require a Specific and separate individual approval process and issue.

Course Overview

This course will deliver an introduction to the main elements of the regulatory oversight applicable to EASA Part SPA / Annex V, including reference to NAA process and procedure in the issuance of such approvals.
The course aims to clarify the history, development, implementation and interpretation of the existing requirements with specific reference to the following EASA Part SPA Specific Approvals:
Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), Minimum Navigation Performance Specifications (MNPS), Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RSVM), Low Visibility Operations (LVO) (AWOPS), and Extended Range Operations with two-Engined Aeroplanes (ETOPS).

The focus of the overview will include regulatory recommendations and Approval process issues.

Who should attend?

  • National Aviation Authorities:
    In particular, personnel having duties and responsibilities in line with the scope of this course, for example, Flight Operations Inspectors with assignments related to the issue, grant and oversight of associated Specific Approvals.
  • AOCs, ATOs, related organisations and service providers:
    In particular, Operators’ operations and compliance monitoring personnel, including providers of relevant operational products or relevant services for operators.

Key topics

  • The course covers all aspects of the subject matter headings as per the Course Overview, and including the following:

• The PBN Concept
• Types of Area Navigation (RNAV) systems
• ICAO Source Documentation
• The PBN Specification
• The PBN Approval – RNP AR / 0.3
• Manufacturer RNP designation
• PBN Training Requirements – emphasis on RNP AR
• Concept / Requirement of FOSA
• Monitoring Programme Requirements
• Oversight Process
• History and association with NAT HLA
• Global application
• Source ICAO documentation
• Operational Approval Requirements – OPS / AWD
• RVSM Overlap
• Crew Training
• Approval Process exemplars
• RVSM history and implementation
• RVSM requirements / state responsibilities
• RVSM operational approval – OPS / AWD
• RVSM procedures (pre/in/post flight etc)
• RVSM training
• Approval / Oversight processes
• ETOPS Definitions, new vs old
• ETOPS / EDTO overlap
• ETOPS source ICAO documentation
• ETOPS Approval Process
• ETOPS Training Programme
• Non-Flight Crew Training
• ETOPS operational procedures
• ETOPS Oversight – ongoing
• LVO description, definitions, best practices, regulatory documentation
• LVO Definitions – CAT I / II / III / LTS etc
• Take Offs & Landings
• Lighting Facilities
• LVO Approval Process
• Operational Demonstration
• Data Collection / Continuous Monitoring
• LVO Training
• Approval Submission

Course objectives

On completion of this course, participants will have attained an understanding of the history, development and practical oversight requirements of Specific Approvals. They should have acquired a good working knowledge of the fundamentals of the particular EASA Part SPA annexes covered in the course, with particular reference to the procedures and processes inherent in the relevant Approval Development, as well as a generic Approval Issue process.


No pre-course preparation is required, although some familiarity with Part SPA would be beneficial. Practical operational experience with the approvals would be advantageous, but is not obligatory. Delegates will need pen, paper, and a copy of the IRs – the course will be interactive in the virtual context.


Delegates are expected to have the following level of experience:

  • NAA Personnel holding an OPS related post
  • Third-party personnel with operations experience; or
  • Aeronautical degree or other professional qualification

Delivery Methods: Virtual

This course can be delivered virtually.

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Course type:

  • Web = Virtual online delivery using WebEx video conferencing. We have applied a 5% discount to all our virtual course deliveries. Unless stated otherwise, our virtual courses are streamed live, starting at 09:00 am (UK time).
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Course Type Course Name Start Date End Date Venue Cost Availability Book
Web EASA Part SPA - Specific Approvals including PBN, MNPS, RVSM, LVO, ETOPS (Virtual) 19/04/2023 20/04/2023 Online £900.00 More than 5 places Book

EASA Part SPA Specific Approvals Instructor

Ben Bamber

Ben Bamber

Ben Bamber

Part SPA – Specific Approvals including PBN, MNPS, RVSM, LVO (AWOPS), ETOPS
NAA Inspector - Flight Operations Inspector Theory

Ben started his aviation career in 1971 via an RAF Flying Scholarship and possessed a Pilot’s Licence before he had a Driving Licence. He went on to serve in the Fleet Air Arm as a pilot, and worked for the Bristow Helicopter Group, the British Midland Airways Group and the British Airways Group in various flying, training and management roles.

Ben joined the UK CAA in 2003 as a Flight Operations Training Inspector and worked as the Lead Inspector with a number of the UK’s major Airlines and AOCs, including Britannia / Thomson Airways where he was responsible for the introduction of the Boeing 787 into Airline Service, and onto the UK Register. In 2016, Ben moved into the UK CAA International Group, where he has worked with such other National Authorities as Kuwait, Mongolia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ireland, Seychelles and others, as well as delivering training for diverse and different bodies, ranging from EASA to the Department of Forests Fire-Fighting Flight Unit.

Ben continues to play a role within the EASA and UK requalification of Full Flight Training Devices on a world-wide basis; and also with the examination of Type Rating Examiners and Instructors, as well as Senior Examiners within the EASA context. He maintains ongoing professional qualifications as a Senior Examiner, Type Rating Examiner and Type Rating Instructor on the Boeing 777/787 as well as continuing as an EASA & National Authority Training Inspector.

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