Aviation is a complex and highly regulated industry for all the right reasons, and like most businesses, Coulson Aviation Australia has team members dedicated to safety, quality, regulatory compliance, and assurance. 

Sam Abeyawardena is the organisation’s Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 42/145 Quality Manager and Lead Auditor.

He is the CASA form 4 nominated personnel approved for the CASR Part 42/Part 145 Quality Manager, and previously held the CASA form 4 as CAST Part 42 CAM – Manager Continuing Airworthiness and CASA form 4 as CASR Part 42 Responsible manager.

That paragraph gives you a hint of the complexity a busy day can bring for Sam.

His daily work includes oversight of work undertaken as the Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) and Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) to ensure compliance with CASR Part 42 and Part 145 and the company’s exposition and Engineering Procedures Manual.

Sam is there to provide guidance to Coulson Aviation Australia team members in CAMO and AMO on compliance issues, regulatory clarification and regulatory variations and it’s an important role.

Importantly, he also provides the CEO as the Accountable Manager with assurance of compliant operations within in CASA regulatory framework, regulations and company requirements of the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) by delivering risk and evidence-based recommendations and observations to inform improvement actions.

“The key elements to successful teamwork are trust, communication, and effective leadership, a focus on common goals with a collective responsibility for success,” Sam says.

“It gives me great pleasure working along with the team when I can help guide them to comply with CASA, and meet regulatory and legislative requirements.” 

Sam’s enthusiasm for all things in aviation is evident, and he has a diverse background over his 28 years career in Australia and overseas. He’s had a lot of experience with major companies in quality management, regulatory authority procedures, and heavy maintenance projects, including experience as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer [B1.1 and C] for B737, B747 and A318/A319/A320/A321 aircraft.