Safety is the state in which risks associated with aviation activities, related
to, or in direct support of the operation of aircraft, are reduced and controlled
to an acceptable level. The relevant ICAO SARPs and national regulations require
implementation of a Safety Management System by using a systematic approach in managing
safety by all service providers. The system should include the necessary organizational
structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures.
Pakistan CAA, in compliance to the regulatory requirement as well as international
obligation has implemented Safety Management System in provision of Air Navigation
Services. An exclusive Safety and Quality Management System Directorate has been
established within Pakistan CAA to support the implementation of SMS by ANS Division
(ANSP) and at Aerodromes.
ANS Division in coordination with SQMS Directorate carryout all required functions
to identify hazards in the system and to mitigate the identified risks in order
to maintain the target level of safety. Any significant safety-related change to
the ATS system or a new procedure is only implemented after a safety assessment
has demonstrated that an acceptable level of safety will be met. Pakistan CAA has
also established mechanism for post-implementation monitoring to verify that the
defined level of safety continues to be met.
Besides the regulatory requirement to implement SMS, ANS Division in line with the
CAA organizational policy is looking forward for implementation of a quality management
system based on international standard ISO 9001-2008.