EBAA ERP Manual Aids ICAO SMS Compliance
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is developing an emergency response planning manual for business aircraft owners and operators. The publication is due to be released in December and will be available to EBAA members and any operators based in Europe to help them establish their own emergency response plan (ERP). The manual will cover flight operations, handling the media, engineering and maintenance, security, finance, legal issues, risk management and insurance. To ensure that the manual includes comprehensive, practical and easy-to-use guidance material, EBAA is conducting a digital survey to determine which ERP issues are of greatest concern to the business aviation community and where there are gaps in knowledge. All business aircraft operators can take part in the survey at www.ebaa.org and those who do so will receive a copy of the results to help them benchmark their approach to ERP against others in the sector. The International Civil Aviation Organization has set a deadline of November 2010 for all operators to establish a safety management system. An ERP manual will form a key part of this requirement.