27 Apr Implementation of Safety Management System for the EASA Part-145
The aviation industry is about to take a big step forward with the implementation of the
Safety Management System (SMS) into Part 145 organizations. This new system promises to
revolutionize the way we think about safety in aviation.
A Part 145 organization is a company authorized by the regulatory authority to perform
maintenance, overhaul, and repair on aircrafts. These enterprises offer a wide range of
services, including routine inspections, component replacement, engine overhaul, avionics
upgrades, testing and certification, and aircraft modification. By adhering to strict
regulations set by the regulatory authority, Part 145 organizations play a critical role in
ensuring the airworthiness and safe operation of aircrafts.
So, what is the SMS and why is it so important? Essentially, the SMS is a comprehensive
approach to managing safety in aviation, from the development of policies and procedures
to the continuous monitoring of safety performance. It’s a way of reducing risks and
ensuring the airworthiness of aircraft. As of December 2022, EASA Part-145 maintenance
organizations are subject to revised regulations that require a Safety Management System
with procedures for hazard identification, risk management and safety assurance, as well as
a designated safety officer. A two-year transition period until December 2024, allows time
for compliance while European aviation authorities will review the SMS and monitor safety
One of the key benefits of SMS is that it will enable Part 145 organizations to meet the
demands of regulatory bodies like the EASA. As a result, they can operate with greater
confidence knowing they are meeting the required safety standards and are committed to
continuous improvement in safety performance. Another benefit of SMS is that it will lead to
improved communication and coordination between different parts of the aviation industry,
such as aircraft manufacturers, operators, and regulators. This will allow everyone to work
together to enhance safety, reduce risks, and ensure the airworthiness of aircraft.
Therefore, the implementation of the Safety Management System (SMS) is leading to a
significant transformation in the aviation industry. Part-145 businesses, responsible for
aircraft maintenance and repair, must now adopt a new approach to managing safety risks.
It requires these companies to establish clear policies and procedures, regularly monitor and
evaluate safety performance, and take corrective action when necessary. These businesses
must invest in the development and implementation of their SMS and ensure their
workforce is equipped with the necessary knowledge to effectively utilize it. Consequently,
this new system brings more efficiency, accountability and transparency to the airline
industry. Finally, the SMS is not only improving safety outcomes, but it is also fostering a
positive safety culture and providing a competitive edge for Part-145 businesses that fully
So, are you ready for the future of aviation safety?