Airport Safety Management Systems (SMS)


At AACS we have a great deal of experience with one of the worlds most successful introduction implementation and audit of airport Safety management programmes in the world.

According to ICAO Annex 14, it is mandatory for a certified aerodrome to have a Safety Management System (SMS). This is a standard for aerodromes used for international operations and is recommended that it should also apply to aerodromes open to public use for domestic operations. AACS Airport SMS is organised according to the four components and 12 elements of SMS identified by ICAO.

You might need to have a SMS because of the regulation, but there are some real benefits that a professionally developed SMS can bring to your organisation. For example, a successful SMS reduces the rate and cost of accidents and incidents, improves communication and productivity across the whole organisation whilst helping you to meet or exceed your legal responsibility to manage safety. 

AACS will teach you how to implement an efficient SMS at your airport. and promote a safety culture within your organisation. We will show you how the management will play a key role in the safety of the airport with it supporting actions and policies. You will understand the relevance of risk management in relation to SMS and learn how to evaluate, prioritise and mitigate risk. AACS will show you how to analyse the impact human factors have on safety and develop your skills in detecting, controlling and preventing errors in an airport environment.

AACS have already done the hard work, with a selection of SMS manuals ready to go, which together we will adapt to meet the operational and safety requirement of your airport.

United Arab Emirates

  • Sharjah International Airport, Department of Civil Aviation. All aspects of SMS implementation.
  • Etihad Airways – Managing safety performance across the organisation, training all staff (CEO to front line staff) and training aviation safety investigators


  • Antwerp International Airport – Manual development and training
  • Ostend-Bruges International Airport – Manual development and training
  • Kortrijk International Airport – Manual development and training


  • Project Managed the implementation of SMS into all of Australia’s Certified Airports (120 in total)
  • Development of an electronic SMS Manual Builder for commercial aviation operators
  • Training of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Aerodrome Inspectors.

Full SMS programme development 


  • Brisbane International Airport (Australia’s second busiest airport)
  • Cairns International Airport
  • Townsville Airport
  • Mt Isa Airport
  • Norfolk Island Airport
  • Moree Airport


  • Murtala Muhammed International Airport – Lagos (Africa’s second largest city)
  • Abuja International Airport (Nigeria’s capital city)
  • Kano International Airport
  • Port Harcourt International Airport


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