December 20, 2022
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CASA SMS Released – Safety Management System for RPAS


What is an SMS (Safety Management System)?

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has made aviation safety its top priority and has recently launched a new resource booklet on safety management systems (SMS) for commercial drone operators. An SMS is a structured approach to managing safety that can be highly effective in managing risks, reducing accidents, and demonstrating positive safety performance. An SMS is just as relevant to remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) operators as it is for air transport operators and airports.

The new SMS resource booklet is specifically designed for use by commercial RPAS operators and is intended to provide guidance on the elements of an SMS that organisations should consider when implementing, evaluating or enhancing their SMS. The booklet is targeted towards remotely piloted aircraft operator certificate (ReOC) holders who either have no formal SMS or only a basic SMS in place. By following the guidelines provided in the booklet, RPAS operators can improve their safety management practices and ensure compliance with CASA regulations. This initiative by CASA underscores the importance of safety in drone operations and provides a valuable resource for businesses seeking to improve their safety practices.

CASA SMS 9 for RPAS – 1st Edition. Image CASA

Indeed, the information contained in the CASA SMS resource booklet for commercial drone operators can also be valuable to other organizations that are seeking to improve their safety management practices. It is important to note that while this booklet covers RPAS SMS considerations, it is intended to be used in conjunction with the other eight booklets that are part of the SMS resources toolkit. In cases where there is more detailed and in-depth SMS information relevant to RPAS operations beyond the details provided in this booklet, readers will find a note directing them to other relevant booklets from the toolkit.

The complete safety management system resource kit, which includes all nine booklets, can be accessed via the link provided below. By utilizing these resources, businesses can take proactive steps to manage safety risks and ensure compliance with aviation regulations, thereby safeguarding their operations and reducing the risk of accidents or incidents.

Link to the CASA SMS resource kit

CASA SMS Resource Kit – Image CASA

If your organisation is seeking guidance on how to improve your SMS or considering implementing one for the first time, Hover UAV can provide valuable assistance. Our team of experienced consultants can help you develop and implement an effective SMS that is tailored to the specific needs of your business. By leveraging our expertise in the field, you can achieve the ultimate goal of improving your organisation’s safety outcomes and safety culture.

Hover UAV’s consultants are knowledgeable in the latest aviation regulations and industry best practices and can help you identify and mitigate potential safety risks. We can assist with all aspects of SMS development and implementation, including risk assessment, policy and procedure development, training, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation. With our support, you can ensure that your organisation operates in a safe and compliant manner, reducing the risk of accidents and incidents.

If you are interested in learning more about how Hover UAV can help you improve your SMS and enhance your safety culture, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to discuss your needs and provide customised guidance to help you achieve your goals.

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