Safety is one of the key issues consolidating the aviation sector; safety assurance implies close cooperation of aviation-related realms (regulators, air traffic service providers, airports, airlines, etc.). In this context air navigation service providers have a very special role – provision of smooth and safe services, mitigation of collision risks between aircraft and between aircraft and terrain.
The process of aviation safety management covers a whole range of different activities for preventing hazards/risks:
- identification of the existing hazards/risks,
- development of the procedural proactive measures
- and their implementation
- systematic monitoring of the operability of the preventive measures for timely identification of the potential bottle necks of the existing procedures, methodology, technical systems etc., that could become decisive factors in actual hazardous situations.
Safety Management System SMS) is an organised approach to managing safety, covering the corresponding organisational structures, responsibilities, policies and procedures.
In EANS the coordination of safety management system and its elements is delegated to the Quality Department. The development, implementation and operability of EANS safety principles is provided in cooperation between different specialists (air traffic controllers, engineers, technicians, AIS Officers, executive management).
Flight safety assurance has been in the focus of EANS operations since 1997. In 2006 our safety management system was brought in compliance with EUROCONTROL (European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation) ESARR 3 safety requirements. The procedures required for the implementation of the Safety Management System are specified in the manuals, procedures and instructions of different departments. Safety management system meets both international and national requirements established for safety management
The key elements of the safety management system are:
- the development of positive and proactive Safety Culture in the Company.
- the establishment of Safety Policy and Safety Objectives.
- Safety Risk Management.
- Safety achievement through compliance with safety requirements and performance of the procedures, ensured competence of the personnel and cooperation on safety matters.
- Safety assurance through reporting safety occurrences, investigations into them and implementation of corrective measures, evaluation of safety tools, change management, conducting safety surveys and audits and, based upon their findings, implementation of corrective measures;
- Safety Promotion, through increased safety awareness, effective exchange of safety information, sharing of experience and training.