Each UK Overseas Territory Aviation Authority (OTAA) is responsible for its own safety plan. These will currently mainly consist of state safety programme implementation plan objectives to align with the Annex 19. This individual approach facilitates variations in the size, types and mix of aviation and partial oversight designations from the UK. As well as accounting for the operating environment that both the UK OTAAs and their service providers(1) operate within.
As the safety plan implementing objectives are achieved these should deliver functions within in each organisation to provide more data to enable safety issue focused plans to be created.
In the future more data should become available from reporting, service providers’ SMS, exchange information from other national authorities and industry bodies.
Over time the content, objectives and milestones of each safety plan will more and more focus on UK OT (Overseas Territory) relevant safety issues based on the data and analysis. These will replace the implementation focused content, objectives and milestones.
The Overseas Territories Safety and Performance Council (OTPSC) will facilitate the collation, review and documentation of each OTAA plan. These are to be published within a Part 3 document that will be a ‘living’ document that will be regularly updated.
In November 2013 Annex 19, Safety Management, first edition and ICAO Document 9859 Safety Management Manual (SMM), third edition were published. Both documents are intended to further evolve state safety oversight and service provider safety management systems. Together, the OT safety plans aim to satisfy, where practicable, the standards and recommended best practices of Annex 19.
The complete text of the All-OT Safety Plan can be found in Part 2 of the State Safety Programme for the OTs.
(1) Service Provider as defined Annex 19 First Edition Chapter 3 para 3.1.3 a) – f)