ICAO Annex 19 supported by Doc 9859 require all elements of the global aviation industry to develop and implement a Safety Management System commensurate with the size and complexity of the individual organisation. In the United kingdom Overseas Territories this requirement is reflected in the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order (AN(OT)O) and amplified through the Overseas Territories Aviation Requirements (OTAR) with the authority for establishing compliance being vested in the Governor.
The following is offered as an overview of the requirement and of the broad outlines of the content of a compliant SMS.
An applicant for the granting of a certificate/approval shall establish, to the satisfaction of the Governor, a safety management system (SMS) which is commensurate with the size of the organization and complexity of its operation.
The safety management system shall be described in the relevant documentation, and shall be acceptable to the Governor. In the case of the Cayman Islands, the Governor’s authority has been delegated to the Director-General of Civil Aviation.
Organisations may find the following document a useful tool in assessing their individual SMS. The areas highlighted in GREEN are required to be in place (and approved) prior to the grant of of a Permission, Approval, Validation or an Exemption. Where not already in place, the WHITE box items are to be achieved after the grant, within a timeframe agreed between the organisation and the regulator.
Although the document was developed as an audit checklist, our industry partners may find it useful both as an assessment tool and also to understand the methodology that an audit team is likely to adopt.