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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

The SMS Pilot Project of The Civil Aviation Air Control Begins


The Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Project of the Civil Aviation Air Control officially started on Dec.8th at the air traffic control operation department of Zhoushan Putuo Airport and Xishuangbanna Airport, which is mainly ready for the civil aviation industry to fully promote the implementation of SMS. The pilot project was designed to test the maneuverability and applicability of civil air traffic control SMS framework, to improve and amend the "Construction Guidance of Civil Aviation Air Traffic Control SMS" and "Construction Guidelines of Civil Aviation Air Traffic Control SMS". It is estimated that the air traffic control operation departments of the civil aviation hub airports, trunk line airports and some regional airports’ SMS will meet requirement by the end of 2011. SMS is to be implemented fully industry wide by 2014. The reason for choosing these two airports for the pilot project is that the two airports’ safety management basics for air traffic control operation is relatively solid, business has developed quickly there in recent years, and the basics of SMS system implementation was already in place.

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