With EASA's mandate to comply with ICAO Annex 6, Part I & II, any private or commercial operator in Europe is now required to set up a Safety Management System in line with its size and complexity
For small private operators with registries in San Marino, Isle of Man, the registries of the Bristish Oversee Territories, Aruba and any other small registries based in Europe will require an SMS as well, as they fall in the scope of Part-NCC if their principal place of business is in Europe
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.