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Henning Pfisterer - Articles and news items

SMS and civil liability – the German perspective

Issue 1 2009, Past issues  •  7 February 2009  •  Henning Pfisterer, Airport Safety Manager, Munich International Airport and Christian Pisani, Partner, Müller & Pisani

The implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) at international airports was one of the most considerable changes in the regulatory framework for the operation and licensing of aerodromes in recent years. According to an ICAO requirement that came into effect in November 2005, international airports must have a Safety Management System in place as a fundamental prerequisite for aerodrome licensing. As an ICAO Standard, this requirement under Annex 14 to the 1944 Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation, must be transposed into binding national legislation by each ICAO member state.

Winter optimisation

Issue 4 2005, Past issues  •  25 November 2005  •  Thomas Torsten-Meyer and Henning Pfisterer, Vice President Airport Operations and Duty Officer, Manager of Airport Safety, Munich Airport

Controlling ice and snow in major hub operations is an increasingly challenging task. In this article, Munich Airport reveals what it takes to remain open through the winter months.

Implementing SMS in Germany

Issue 1 2005, Past issues  •  16 March 2005  •  Henning Pfisterer, Airport Safety Manager and Airport Duty Officer, Munich International Airport

With the November 2005 date looming for meeting ICAO’s requirement for the implementation of SMS, Henning Pfisterer of Munich Airport gives an update on how the Germany airport industry is fulfilling these requirements.


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