Bermuda Requires SMS for entry

 - November 30, 2010, 3:55 AM

As of November 18, Bermuda is requiring all foreign operators of business aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds to have a safety management system (SMS) and meet other requirements under ICAO Annex 6.2.3. Besides the precedent-setting SMS requirement, affected operators will also need an operations manual; fatigue management program; MEL; flight data recorder and/or cockpit voice recorder; and microphone-based crew communication system. The Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation (BDCA) said any of the following would show SMS compliance: IS-BAO, Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) registration, Argus Platinum rating, Wyvern registration, an SMS manual deemed acceptable by the state of registry or proof of intent to produce an SMS. Compliance with the ICAO annex “will be monitored by random ramp inspections at the L.F. Wade International Airport. Operators discovered to be not compliant will be refused entry to Bermuda until they can demonstrate compliance,” BDCA said.