The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has announced a new initiative to develop and deliver an Emergency Response Planning manual for business aircraft owners and
operators based in Europe. Scheduled to be available in December 2009 for use by EBAA members and all interested operators, the ERP manual will provide general guidance and procedures allowing Business Aviation Operators to develop their own Emergency Response Plan.
Key subjects to be incorporated into the manual include: Media Response/Handling,
Flight Operations, Engineering & Maintenance, Security, Finance, and Legal / Risk Management / Insurance.
“This is truly a collaborative industry effort that reflects our collective concern regarding the overall preparedness of business aircraft operators to deal effectively with an emergency situation,” stated Brian Humphries, President & CEO, EBAA. “For a variety of reasons, numerous operators neither current possess an ERP -- nor have the expertise to create an ERP – so our initiative is aimed at correcting this situation.”
EBAA expects to publish the ERP Manual almost a year before the November 2010 mandatory implementation deadline set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for operators to establish a Safety Management System (SMS). “ERP plans are an essential element of every SMS programme,” noted Mr. Humphries, “so the EBAA ERP manual will assist operators with meeting this regulatory requirement, while also raising the overall professionalism of their organizations.”
The ERP Manual is being produced by EBAA Member Gates Aviation LLP, together with Members of an ERP Steering Group comprising subject matter experts from: EBAA Executive, Gates and Partners LLP, Bombardier Aerospace, Flight Safety International, British Helicopter Association, ExecuJet Aviation Group, International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), Tyrolean Jet Services and Dassault Aviation.