The SMS requirements for commercial air transport operators are contained in Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 which was published in October 2012 and was applicable the third day after its publication. All Member States indeed have decided to initiate this transition period, which ended on 28th October 2014. Germany has an Opt-Out Rule in effect for NCC and NCO operators.
But what does this really mean for small operators?
This means, that you will have to comply with 965/2012 in the near future. If you are a NCC or NCO operator you will have time until August 25th, 2016.
What, if I already have a IS-BAO SMS installed?
Generally, this is good news. However the official answer to this is, that you have to check, if your national regulations differ from IS-BAO. EASA and IS-BAO for example have certain small differences, those have to be checked. If these are incorporated in your existing operations manual, you should not have any problems being EASA compliant.
How do I get compliant?
We will gladly assist you in your effort to become EASA compliant.
MarServices is specialized in Aviation Safety Management Systems in accordance with EASA and IS-BAO regulations. We will design a SMS with you, that meets your company needs and is compliant with the official standards that you require.