Airport Accountable Executive EASA Regulatory Obligation & SMS Overview and Best Practice Workshop – 1 Day


The new European Commission Regulation EASA Commission Regulation (EU) No 139/2014, applicable to aerodromes was published and adopted on 12/02/2014. The regulation has a direct impact on Aerodrome Operators and Operations as well as Regulatory Authorities.

EASA is creating a performance-based regulatory environment with common standards across all regulations which are enabled by EASA Basic Regulation 216/2008. A specific Focus on Management and Safety Systems is evident. The Aerodrome managers deliver specific oversight. EASA on behalf of all member states is obligated to show compliance with ICAO Standards, Recommendations, and Guidance.

Requirements are introduced which have a direct bearing on Management Systems including Quality and Safety and Compliance elements.

Intensive 1-day training for busy Industry leaders; the focus of the training is a comprehensive understanding of the Roles and Responsibilities of Accountable Executives and Senior Nominated Persons.

The course is aimed at persons who have specific obligations regarding the accountability for the organization to meet its obligations in respect of Safety, Quality, Regulatory Compliance, and Financial well-being.

This in-depth course provides detailed practical training in management obligations and methodologies to ensure a fully compliant, effective, and efficient organization. The course is highly participative and promotes industry best practices as a standard, it is delivered in a confidential environment by an industry professional with over 40 years of Commercial Aviation experience.

Aviation Authorities may choose to interview Form 4 candidates. All relevant areas are covered during the course. A full review of EASA regulations will be provided during the introduction.

Who is this course for?

The course is made for airport executives who hold accountable positions within airports.

What is the Benefit of this Training – What will I learn?

a) Achieve a deep understanding regarding the obligations and expectations of an Accountable Manager (AM) within an Airport Environment

b) Achieve an understanding of the Responsibilities of the Nominated Post Holder and Business Area Managers

c) Develop a focus on Management System requirements with Safety & Compliance Management techniques required by 139/2014

d) Understand the relationship between the Quality Management System (QMS) and Safety Management System (SMS)

e) Develop an understanding in preparation for Competent Authority (CA) interviews

f) An opportunity to exchange experiences with colleagues and associates in a confidential environment.

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed:

EASA Commission Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 (Airports) for authorities, aerodromes, aerodrome operators and aerodrome operations.
Management Systems requirements for competent authorities and aerodrome operators
Management and Environmental Considerations
Aerodrome and Operators Certification Implementing Rules Deviations from Certification Specifications
Applicable EASA Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) to the Implementing Rules

Considering Quality & Safety

– What is the Current Status of the SMS within our Airport Environment & where are the current “Challenges”?

How We Measure and Categorize Risk
– Risk Assessment & Risk Management Best Practice Processes
– Root Cause Analysis
– Safety Performance Targets (SPT), Alert Levels, and Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs): The performance-based SMS

Hazard Logs / Risk Registers
– Integrating Airport Safety Management into the Operational Process
– Recognition and Ongoing Management of Threats

Developing Appropriate Communication
Managing Aviation Standards
Emergency Response Planning

Target Groups

Accountable Managers and their deputies, Nominated Post Holders, and Business Area Owners who are preparing for a role as nominated person, Quality Assurance Audit Staff, and Competent Authority staff.


A broad range of aviation exposures will typically be found in attendees to this training. The course is highly practical and significant and active participation will be expected.

Learning Objectives

This course aims to provide a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Aviation Accountable Manager and other Nominated Persons.

To prepare Aviation Professionals for the duties of Accountable Manager and Nominated persons responsible for compliance

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1 Day – The training will commence at 09.00 and finish at 17.00, with appropriate refreshment breaks.

To register for this training, please email or Call +359 28210806

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