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Who should act as the focal point and be responsible for the development, administration and maintenance of an effective safety management system regarding an Operator’s management system?
  • A
    The Accountable Manager.
  • B
    The Chief Pilot.
  • C
    The Safety Manager.
  • D
    The Safety Review Board.

Initially, according to “ICAO 6 Pt III Sect. 2 Ch 1.1 ORO.GEN.110 - Operator Responsibilities”:

  • The Operator shall establish, implement, and maintain a management system that includes:
    • the identification and evaluation of aviation safety hazards;
    • the management of associated risks;
    • actions to mitigate the risk and verify their effectiveness.

Moreover, depending on the size of the company, nominated Post Holders with certain experience and expertise as described in ‘ORO.AOC.135 & ORO.GEN.210’ must be designated to undertake particular tasks and direct responsibilities with the authorities.

One of these people is the Flight Safety Officer / Safety Manager, who is identified and appointed by the Operator, while a Safety Review Board is also included in the Safety Management System.

Finally, according to “GM1 ORO.GEN.200(a)(1) - Management system”:

  • The Safety Manager, regardless of the organisational set-up, remains the unique focal point as regards the development, administration and maintenance of the operator’s safety management system.

NOTE:
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