January 19, 2024


Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) www.sassofia.com considers best practices related to Compliance Management and Auditing of Aerodromes.


EASA, as the pivotal entity in European aviation, has established stringent regulations to govern aerodrome design and operations. The Basic Regulation 2018/1139 is foundational, outlining the fundamental principles and requirements. Additionally, EASA Commission Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 provides specific provisions and standards, focusing on the certification and operational needs of aerodromes.

With the introduction of COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 139/2014 of 12 February 2014 EASA  assumed responsibility on behalf of the member states to manage the criteria by which member states will demonstrate compliance with ICAO Annex 14.

The development of these regulations has been driven by the need to standardize operations, mitigate risks, and enhance the overall efficiency of aerodromes, in response to the dynamic nature of the aviation industry.

The regulation contains the rules for the certification, management, operation and design of aerodromes. Furthermore, the regulation is supported by Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC), Certification Specification (CS) and Guidance Material (GM) all provided by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The focus of the new regulation and the forward view of EASA across the entire regulatory environment and its requirements is on a performance-based regulatory system which promotes common safety, operational and management standards for aerodromes across Europe.

Key features include the implementation of an effective management system which includes Safety (Safety Management System – SMS) as well as Quality and Compliance. Competence becomes a key area with the need to demonstrate adequate manning levels, resources and decision-making authority for senior management.

As part of the management system Aerodrome operators are required to take a major responsibility for their oversight, through performance monitoring and measuring.

This training is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the EASA and ICAO regulatory environment effectively. By understanding the historical context and the evolution of these regulations, participants will be better positioned to implement compliant and efficient aerodrome operations, ensuring the safety and sustainability of the aviation sector.

Concerning the Quality and Safety Management of European Aerodromes

The European Competent Authorities are responsible for the implementation, oversight, and enforcement of EASA standards at the national level. The collaboration between EASA and Competent Authorities ensures a harmonized approach to safety and quality management across European aerodromes, contributing to the overall safety and efficiency of air travel in the region.

They play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and quality of aerodromes by:

  • They issue certificates and licenses to aerodromes, ensuring that they meet the necessary safety and operational standards before commencing operations.
  • Regular inspections and audits are conducted by Competent Authorities to monitor compliance with safety and quality standards and to identify any areas of concern or non-compliance.
  • Competent Authorities report to EASA on the safety performance of aerodromes and on the implementation of safety regulations and standards.

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Please see the following course EASA Airports Aviation Compliance Management and Auditing – 4 Days. It is designed to familiarize and prepare auditors to assess compliance with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulatory requirements and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards of aerodrome design and operations. Email team@sassofia.com for additional information.


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