With the requirement to comply with ICAO Annex 6, Part I &II and the implementation of EASA’s Part ORO and NCC, aviation safety management for any service providers is soon becoming mandatory.
All EASA AOC holders had until October 2014 to create an integrated Management System that encompasses a Safety Management System and Non-Commercial Complex operators will have to comply by August 2016. The registries of the Bristish Oversee Territories, Aruba and San Marino already require the existence of an SMS for any private operator. Isle of Man is now leaning in that direction as well..
There is a general misconception about the way safety fits, in terms of priority, within the framework of strategic targets and commercial objectives of an aviation service organization. This has led to the idea among the general public that safety should be put above any other considerations. In reality, the management of safety is just one organizational process that allows aviation service organizations reach their business objectives and ensure service delivery.
Safety Management should be considered as an additional business function to be treated at the same level as other core business functions, such as financial management, human resource management and legal management. In view of this perspective, the main challenge faced by an organization that embraces safety management will be to maintain a constant balance between production goals and protection goals in order to avoid resources tilting unfavorably to one side or the other.
The planning and implementation of an effective Safety Management System can turn out to be a daunting task. Careful planning and resource evaluation should be thoroughly carried out to create an integrated system where all parts are efficiently linked together.