Change Management at Aerodromes

According to aerodrome regulations (ICAO, EASA, or others) changes at aerodromes are subject to a formal structured process and to the approval of the responsible Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), to ensure the continuation of safe air operations.

This applies not only for changes to infrastructure – such as airside developments, construction projects, or maintenance activities –  but also when operational procedures or organisational structures are modified.

An effective change management process is a legal obligation, aiming to ensure the continuation of daily operations throughout the development and introduction of most changes, no matter how big or small. 

Nevertheless, as of today, very few precise regulations or guidance material has been published on this subject, and existing aerodrome management systems often show very little experience in formalising and standardising the processes which need to be followed when managing changes or other projects. 

This 3-day course (virtual classroom 2 days with reduced daily training hours) is based on the most recent aerodrome regulations and world’s best practices on change management. The course is customised to its audience, location and applicable regulatory framework, i.e. EASA for European sessions, and ICAO – or national implementation – for international sessions. It introduces attendees to the practical application of management and safety tools to assist operators comply with their legal requirements during any organisational, operational or infrastructural change. Practical examples are used to enhance the learning experience and attendees will be encouraged to participate in discussions and offer examples from personal experience.

Specifically, the course will cover: the practical planning and management of projects that introduce changes, whether these are construction, heavy maintenance, larger aircraft operations, new procedures or re-organisation; developing an effective procedure for managing changes that require prior approval; safety monitoring; and performance monitoring and measurement.

Course Details

Location: In-house
Language: English
Duration: 3 days

Course Content

Regulatory requirements for Change Management

  • For Courses in Europe (based on EASA)
    • EU (EC Reg 2018/1139 The Basic Regulation, and COMM Reg 139/2014 The Aerodrome Cover Regulation and its Annexes-Implementing Rules)
    • EASA Acceptable and Alternative Means of Compliance (AMC & AltMoC), and Guidance Material (GM)
    • EASA Certification Specifications for aerodrome design (CS ADR-DSN) and GM
  • For International Courses
    • References can be used as appropriate to the client’s needs.
    • EASA, after consulting world-wide regulations, including ICAO Documents and Annexes, has produced comprehensive requirements for Change Management. The course makes use of these European requirements as a benchmark.
    • The material presented on this course will help attendees comply with various Standards, Recommended Practices and Guidance contained within ICAO Annex 19 (Safety Management), ICAO Doc 9859 (Safety Management Manual) and ICAO Doc 9774 (Certification of Aerodromes).


  • Identifying Changes in the “system”
  • Classifying “changes”
  • Routine, non-routine and new activities – both operations and maintenance

Change Management Procedure

  • Changes requiring prior approval
  • Changes not requiring prior approval
  • Developing an effective and foolproof procedure
  • Aerodrome Manual requirements
  • Approaching the Competent Authority with Change Plans

Managing Changes

  • Project planning and management
  • Testing and Verification
  • Hazard Identification
  • Impact Assessments (Safety, Risk and Compliance)
  • Performance monitoring and measuring
  • Auditing and inspecting
  • Project Control

Pre-approved Changes

  • Use of the aerodrome by larger aircraft
  • Reduced Rescue and Firefighting Services (RFFS)
  • Changes not requiring prior approval


Steve Garrett

Steve is a safety trainer and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry. In recent years Steve has been supporting airsight by conducting together large studies on behalf of EASA (e.g. “study on the regulation of ground de-icing and anti-icing services”), and by delivering training on the new EU Regulations and EASA Rules for aerodromes, authorities and organisations; including, certification, management systems, accountabilities for senior management, requirements for Authority Inspectors, human factors and operations. As a professional psychotherapist Steve has developed and conducted Human Factors training courses as well as stress and anger workshops. In addition, he has been a regular contributor to the SKYbrary website, and contributed to several EUROCONTROL safety programmes. As well as designing and delivering SMS training worldwide, Steve represented Europe's regional air operators, manufacturers and aerodromes in operational and safety matters within the JAA and during the emergence of EASA. Furthermore, Steve has more than 4,000 hours as a navigator with the Royal Air Force.

Target Group

  • Aerodrome accountable managers
  • Aerodrome senior and middle management
  • Aerodrome key post-holders (operations, maintenance, RFFS, compliance, safety and training)
  • Competent Authority personnel
  • Competent Authority Aerodrome inspectors
  • Providers of apron and aerodrome services – key personnel

Organisational Details

airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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