SMS Aerodrome Developments and the Management of Change

The SMS is intended to be a continually developing “tool” within the organisation. Providing source data to enable solutions to multiple issues across the business. Within the airport environment we have constant change, which provides for the potential for exposure to additional hazards. The SMS needs to embrace this change and to deliver any necessary…

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EASA Aerodrome SMS Recognition and Ongoing Management of Threats

The goal of Threat and Error Management (TEM) is to reducing airport accidents with the dual process of both Identifying the potential threats (Hazards) and by developing avoidance behaviours (Mitigations). Effective aerodrome Safety Management System risk management requires a significant effort from all stakeholders including the Regulatory Authority as well as the Airport Authority. Guidance…

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Airport SMS Introduction and Current Industry Status

Aviation activities and as a result Airport Activities are growing almost exponentially year on year, this is acting as a driver to support the need for the development of proactive Safety Management Systems, both ICAO and EASA have identified the requirement for the effective implementation of an Airport wide Safety Management System (SMS for Airports)….

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EASA Commission Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 (Airports) – Aerodrome Manual

EASA Commission Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 (Airports) – Aerodrome Manual The aerodrome manual contains all relevant and required documents for safe operation on the airside. The aerodrome manual must be updated and amended after the initial certification according an internal procedure of the aerodrome operator. The latest version of the aerodrome manual must be available…

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European Airports to comply with EASA Regulation by the end of December 2017

Meeting the obligation of EASA Commission Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 (Basic Regulation) places an obligation on the Agency to conduct standardisation inspections in order to monitor the application of the Basic Regulation and its implementing rules (IRs) by national Competent Authorities. At the end of 2015, a project plan was developed…

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Considering EASA Aviation Compliance Audits

A compliance audit essentially looks for conformance to a set of rules. Although the rules may not always be questions that may be asked by the auditor. Certain areas of the business, (In aviation these are many) can be described as high risk. For these activities audits play a significant role, to establish ongoing conformity…

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The Role of the Aviation Quality Assurance Auditor within the European Aviation Safety Agency “EASA”

How does the role the Quality Assurance (QA) Auditor differ within the EASA environment compared to say other aviation regulatory systems? (FAA for example?) Well, the first thing to consider is that the role of the Quality Assurance Auditor within the EASA system is quite specific in that it requires “Independence” This is not the…

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Disposal of Hazardous Aviation Waste

A review for Aviation Stores Inspectors – Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com Definition of Hazardous Waste Hazardous waste can take the form of a solid, liquid or compressed gas. In the aircraft industry, waste can originate from the service or repair of aircraft components to temporary storage of outdated products that have not been used or…

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Aviation Safety Management System Implementation Challenges

An Effective Aviation Safety Management System (SMS) provides industry with a key driver to manage the various elements, which can support the prevention of incidents and accidents. The crux of implementing an effective safety management system (SMS) is not just in defining it, but effectively implementing it. The Accountable Manager (AM) of the organization is…

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