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34 Safety Management Systems for Airports papers, it needs true support from management. Management support from the very beginning will be extremely important. It starts with a strong safety policy statement and a commitment to its elements. Management will then, among other things, allocate sufficient resources for the development and implementation of the SMS, and facilitate the flow of information (between departments, by authorizing meetings, posters, etc). Some of the resources necessary to start the process are an "SMS Champion" (to coordinate the process), time (for meetings, information gathering, planning, and communications), and expertise (consultants and specialists as required). 3.2 Appoint an SMS Champion The SMS Champion will coordinate and oversee SMS through planning, development, and implementation. Once your SMS is up and running, the job of on-going coordination and administration of the system will be transferred to the SMS Manager. The SMS Champion's main role is project management for SMS implementation. This indi- vidual should have a good understanding of management principles, as well as functional knowl- edge of operational activities of the airport. It is advantageous for this person to have good communication skills, as well as respect and recognition within the airport organization, since most of the job will be to promote SMS with line personnel and middle management and to obtain resources and support from top management. Who should lead the SMS implementation effort? In this case, skills and experi- ence are more important than job title. The SMS Champion should have good people skills, a solid understanding of SMS, a track record of earning respect within the airport, and good project management capabilities. You need a Champion who can be both advocate and manager. Depending on the size of the airport organization, the SMS Champion could be responsible for planning and executing all phases of the implementation alone or with the support of a team. If the support of a team is available, it is desirable that team members represent a cross section of all areas of the organization. The SMS Champion and the SMS Manager can be the same person or not. The future SMS Manager should be involved with the implementation as early as possible, and it is desirable to have the future SMS Manager responsible for the implementation. At large airports, the person that will be appointed SMS Manager may not have the project management skills or experience to carry out the implementation and, in this case, it is justifiable to have an SMS Champion or Project Manager for SMS Implementation that is not the future SMS Manager.