Finnish Aviation Safety Programme FASP
What is FASP?
Finnish Aviation Safety Programme (FASP) is the national-level description of our aviation safety management system. FASP consists of four sectors, which also include ICAO's eight critical elements for safety that ICAO requires States to manage effectively. These sectors are:
- Finnish aviation safety policy, objectives and resources
- Safety risk management
- Safety assurance
- Safety promotion
FASP has two annexes: Annex 1, Finnish Plan for Aviation Safety and Annex 2, Finnish aviation safety objectives and safety performance indicators and targets . FASP has been published since 2012. Any need for updating the FASP and its annexes is reviewed once a year.
Safety management mechanisms comprise system-level methods used to maintain and improve aviation safety at the international, national and organisation level. State Safety Programmes (SSP), like FASP for Finland, are a national-level safety management element. Via FASP and it’s annexes, national aviation safety is management in a coordinated and systematic way and a national aviation safety policy is implemented into everyday safety work.
Responsibilities related to FASP and its annexes
Obligations for State Safety Programmes and plans come from EU regulations, ICAO Annex 19 and the Finnish Aviation Act. Traficom is responsible for preparing, adopting and maintaining FASP and its annexes.
Aviation operators and service providers are responsible for the safety of their own operations. They must take the Finnish Aviation Safety Programme and its annexes into account in their operations and monitor the achievement of the objectives.
Finnish Plan for Aviation Safety FPAS
What is FPAS?
The Finnish Plan for Aviation Safety (FPAS, FASP Annex 1) describes the identified key risks in Finnish aviation along with Finland’s strategic safety objectives and measures taken to accomplish them.
FPAS has been published since 2013, and it is updated once a year. The latest version in Finnish was published on 23rd of April 2020. English version of The Finnish Plan for Aviation Safety FPAS 2020-2024 was published on 6th of May.
FPAS concerns the systematic practical implementation of safety policy in everyday safety work at national level. Via FPAS Finland is implementing the necessary action items for member states recognized at European level under EPAS and also those arising from the national aviation safety risk management process described in FASP chapter 2.6.
Finnish Aviation safety objectives and safety performance targets and indicators (SPT, SPI)
What are SPTs and SPIs?
FASP Annex 2 (Finnish aviation safety objectives and safety performance targets and indicators SPT, SPI) defines the acceptable level of safety performance we are working to achieve in Finnish aviation. The acceptable level is determined by setting strategic safety objectives, and the necessary safety performance indicators and targets. Latest updated version 5.0 was published 17 October 2018, and is in force as from 1 January 2019.
Why SPTs and SPIs?
Strategic safety objectives define safety policy visions and objectives in more concrete and practical form for managing safety. They and their related SPTs and SPIs are required for monitoring the achievement of the targeted level in practice. Ultimately, they are one step in translating safety policy into everyday actions.
More information about FASP and its annexes:
Heli Koivu, Chief adviser to DGCA, SSP focal point
The global chain of safety management
Global Aviation Safety Plan GASP
European Plan for Aviation Safety EPAS