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Safety Management System Training (SMS)

Utilize SMS to your advantage.

The implementation of a Safety Management System (SMS) is mandatory due to ICAO, EASA and FAA requirements.

AQS offers training courses for different target groups:

Continuing Airworthiness and Maintenance Repair Organisations (MROs)
Ground Service Providers (GSPs) / Airports

Why should you choose AQS as your qualified partner?

Benefit from our experience

  • We share with you the latest available knowledge about safety management
  • We show you how to optimise the management of safety using a predictive SMS
  • The SMS concepts we present have been successfully implemented in the aviation industry
  • Our trainer team consists of experts in implementing an SMS within some of the world's biggest airlines

Obtain ready to use solutions

  • Our modular training courses deliver all you need to know to develop an effective SMS, leading to a significant reduction in cost and expenses
  • Each SMS training course is adapted to different target groups within your organisation 
  • Share your experience as an auditor with all other participants
  • Realistic examples and best industry practices as hands on training material are used in all SMS training courses

Be compliant with all applicable regulations

  • We provide all required tools and documentation material for your SMS based on ICAO standards and EASA and FAA regulations
  • The courses have been accepted and recommended by Civil Aviation Authorities worldwide

Take advantage of the AQS SMS training courses

  • All SMS training courses can be offered as in-house training
  • We offer customised adaptations of the training course content according to your needs and requirements
  • You receive Miles&More Award miles for most of our public SMS training courses
  • For every registration done with an AQS Quality Card ID number you will receive a discount of 10%

Facts about SMS

ICAO has mandated the introduction of a Safety Management System (SMS) in all aviation organisations. The requirements are being introduced in national legislations all around the world. In Europe, the requirements are for most organisations laid down in EASA OPS, which became applicable on April 8, 2012. For the US the FAA published the new regulation which will be effective from March 09, 2015 onwards.

The introduction of SMS will require additional resources in most organisations. To utilize these resources not only in an effective way but also in a way, that benefits your organisation, it’s imperative to fully understand the requirements stipulated and the tools available.

Our modular training courses deliver all you need to know to develop an effective SMS, leading to a significant reduction in cost and expenses. The courses are tailored for the different target groups within your organisation in mind; from the CEO to the crew. The courses have been accepted and recommended by Civil Aviation Authorities worldwide. 

Who has to implement an SMS?
All organisations that must comply with EASA OPS have to implement an SMS. This includes the following organisations:

  • Airlines/commercial operators
  • Operators of complex aircraft (e.g. Business Jet Operators)
  • Pilot training organisations
  • Aero-medical centers

Other applicable organisations that are included in the Basic Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 216/2008) but for which SMS is regulated elsewhere include:

  • Aerodromes
  • Design, production and maintenance organisations

Is SMS just a new name for the Accident Prevention and Flight Safety Program in e.g. EU-OPS?
No. It’s not even just a systemised way of managing the “safety modules” from the accident prevention and flight safety program, which more or less only required Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) and a reporting system. An SMS introduces significant parts that were previously not required.

What are the differences between the SMS requirements and the requirements for the accident prevention and flight safety program?
In general, these are the differences that are required in an SMS:

  • A clear and direct safety accountability of the Accountable Manager with consequences in personal liability
  • A defined safety policy endorsed by the Accountable Manager
  • A requirement to have a Safety Manager
  • The introduction of a Safety Review Board
  • Active and systematic hazard analysis, risk assessment and risk mitigation
  • Introduction of Safety Action Groups
  • Management of change
  • Continuous improvement with regard to safety
  • Emergency Response Plan (ERP)
  • Safety training of all personnel
  • Safety communication
  • Introduction of a Safety Management Manual (SMM)

By attending one of our SMS training courses, you will learn how to implement and manage all of the required SMS parts and/or learn and get proficient in conducting risk management, depending on the course of your choice and need.

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