Progressive Management of Airport Safety Management Systems – 4 Days


This intensive 4-day course is specifically designed to focus on the needs of the Safety and Quality Department to ensure delivery to exacting standards. The course is highly participative and assumes prior knowledge of SMS requirements and objectives.

The airport is a busy and dynamic environment with many stakeholders required to integrate into a unified SMS process. An effective SMS is about identifying exposure to risk as felt by the entire business.

The primary focus of the training is to support the delegate’s need to deliver effective management of safety including the process to measure risk and exposure and the development of mitigation strategies.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for professionals in the aviation industry, including airport managers, safety officers, aviation inspectors, risk managers, airline personnel, ground handling providers, and emergency response teams. It aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage safety within airport operations and comply with safety regulations.

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

a) The course equips participants with the knowledge and tools to improve safety management systems at airports, leading to a safer operational environment and reduced risks.
b) Attendees gain a better understanding of aviation safety regulations, helping airports and related organizations to maintain compliance and avoid potential penalties.
c) The course provides insights into identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks, leading to better-prepared responses to potential safety threats.

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed

Day 1

– SMS Introduction and current industry status
– Review of the regulations applicable to the Flight safety management division.
– SMS Gap Analysis What is the current status of β€œour” SMS – Workshop Activity
– SMS Flight Safety Considerations
– Integrating Flight Safety Management into the operational process

Day 2

Recognition and ongoing management of Threats
– Risk Assessment & Risk Management
– Root Cause Analysis
– Advanced Risk Analysis
– Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Assessment Processes – an integrated approach
– Risk re-evaluation and Mitigation management
– Internal reporting into our SMS – how effective is it? – Workshop Activity

Day 3

– SMS Developments and the Management of Change
– Our SMS Training Program – how effective is it and how to measure? – Workshop Activity
– Safety Communication within the organization – how to measure the effectiveness?
– Optimizing Safety Culture to promote SMS behavior
– Data Gathering Techniques – evaluation of current and future practices

Day 4

– Review and assessment of the Emergency Response Planning Process
– Emergency Response Table Top Exercise – Workshop Activity
– Developing our SMS progress and development plan – Workshop Activity
– General Debrief and Questions

Target groups

Aerodrome Management and Operational Staff, Safety Managers, Quality Managers, Aerodrome Safety Personnel. Regulators and Airport SMS Stakeholders.


A background in an airport environment is an advantage, specific SMS competencies are essential.

Learning Objectives

– Understand the techniques used to determine risk and develop mitigation

– Understand the purpose and methodology of proactive SMS

– Understand the process by which an SMS should continue to develop within an Aerodrome Environment

– Be able to develop an effective process for the continuing management of a fully compliant SMS

What do People Say about Sofema Aviation Services Training?

β€œI found satisfying answers to all my questions.”
β€œThe instructor demonstrated very deep knowledge of the subject.”
β€œThe length of the course fit my needs and expectations.”
β€œThe content was really effective, I gained a lot of new knowledge.”
β€œThe practical examples were perfectly delivered.”


4 days – Each Training day will start 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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