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Safety Management Systems for Ground Operation Safety (SMS-RAMP 21-1)

September 21, 2020 @ 8:00 am - September 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm


Course Description

This course presents practices and methodologies for the identification and mitigation of hazards that occur in all phases of airport ground operations. Ground operations are often the environment in which numerous costly incidents resulting in damage or injury occur. Ground mishaps cause cancelled flights, alienated customers, increased personnel costs, injured personnel and a wide range of direct and indirect negative consequences. This course teaches best practices on how to identify and mitigate ground damage and injury mishaps before they happen. The course shows how to integrate these ground safety practices into an airport’s overall SMS.


To provide airport, air carrier and ground service company supervisors and managers with practices that will reduce ground operation mishaps to personnel and equipment. It provides an understanding of how ground operations safety management is an essential part or an airport’s or air carrier’s SMS.

Who Should Attend

Managers, supervisors and safety officers with responsibility for airport ground operations.

Course Outline

  1. SMS Framework Review
    •  Safety Policy and Objectives
    • Safety Risk Management
    • Safety Assurance
    • Safety Promotion
  2. Ground Operations Safety Key Stakeholders
    • Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF)
    • Airport Operations
    • Law Enforcement
    • Federal, State, and Local Agencies – Mutual Aid
    • Airlines/Tenants/General Aviation
    • Military
  3. Airport Operational and Security Areas
    • FAR Part 139 Areas – AOA, Aircraft Movement Area, Non-Movement Area
    • 49 CFR 1542 Areas – AOA, Secure Area, SIDA, Sterile Area
  4. Airport Ramp Services
    • Under-Wing Operations
    • Above-Wing Operations
  5. Ground Operation Hazards
    • Jet Blast
    • HAZMAT
    • Aircraft Operations
    • First Responder Access
    • Construction
    • Pedestrians
    • Noise
    • Weather
  6. Accident and Incident Response
    • Off-Airport Property
    • On-Airport Property
    • Communication
    • After Action Reports/Improvement Plans
  7. Documentation
    • Current FAR Part 139 Documentation Requirements
    • SMS Documentation Requirements
  8. NPRM Review

Course Duration:  4.0 Days

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Published on March 26th, 2020

Last updated on August 4th, 2020


September 21, 2020 @ 8:00 am
September 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm


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