SMS Aero is your aviation safety partner providing Safety Management, Human Factors in Maintenance, Regulatory, Airworthiness, Event Investigation and Training support

With our UK offices in Cambridgeshire and Fife and our Irish office based in County Wexford, we support a global customer base


We can provide an extensive range of consultancy support suited to our Customers in all sectors, including Regulatory Authorities, Commercial Operators, MRCOA Operators, Production, Airworthiness and Maintenance Organisations, whether start-ups or long-founded.

Our competence lies in quickly ascertaining our Clients’ needs and providing workable solutions. We dedicate ourselves to assisting our Clients’ achieve competitive advantage by improving their operational capability through smarter working. We coach and mentor improved process and business improvement, specialising in fully understanding the needs of the Regulator.

We have helped globally based aviation companies and EU Aviation Authorities, Commercial Operators, Airworthiness and Maintenance Organisations and Defence Contractors, to help them navigate through the myriad and complex aviation requirements while focusing on their business needs. We are ISO 9001:2015 certified for our consultancy services and take real pride in the positive feedback we receive.


Our competence lies in training design, development and delivery to the highest standards using subject matter experts. We aim to make the complex, understandable and enjoyable and we take great pride in the high level of feedback we receive from our Customers… We strive to instill a learning culture in our Customers’ businesses and specialise in the development of bespoke continuation training programmes.

Our training services are covered under our ISO 9001:2015 accreditation and where applicable all our courses are based on ICAO, EASA and UKMAA standards Our training catalogue is based on 4 principal streams of training; Core Competence, Continuing Professional Development, Aviation Management Systems and Regulatory Awareness courses.

What some of out trainees have said

Real life stories from instructor makes it more interesting

The course was well delivered and gave me an insight into areas I have not had any dealings with in the past.

Really good engaging session that made what could be a dry subject interesting.

Brilliant Subject matter expert...Very well presented course content.

Who we’ve worked with

About us

Our vision

Our vision is for our Customers to continue raising their Operational Safety Standards and striving for Business Excellence.

Our shared values
Safety Excellence

Our main goal is to help our Customers make those positive incremental steps towards safety excellence


We recognise that there is no need to keep reinventing the wheel, but that we must strive to innovate to help our Customers continuously improve


We offer secure and sensitive support to our Customers so that they are confident in us as their trusted partner


We value and actively promote a culture of learning within our Customers’ people as we believe this is “Route One” to safety improvement

Our foundations

Our founding partner Ian Chapman leads the company’s provision of Compliance, Human Factors, Regulatory, Incident Investigation and Airworthiness Management. Ian is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an aerospace engineer with 39 years’ experience in all sectors of our Industry, including Civil and Military Operations and with Aviation Regulatory Bodies. 

Ian was one of the formative members of the UK CAA Human Factors Working Group which developed the CAPs and HF training for Surveyors and Industry.  At that time, Ian supported the introduction of the concept of MEDA as an investigation tool to the Inspectorate Branch.  He was also the EASA MRB Chairman for all BAe aircraft types and sat on the UK National Aerospace NDT Board. More recently Ian has been assisting Regulators, Airlines and Maintenance and Production Organisations change and move their Safety and Quality Management principles and methods forward to meet modern challenges.


If you’d like to discuss how we can help you please call, email, visit or fill in the form

SMS Aero Ltd
105 Great North Road
Eaton Socon
St Neots
PE19 8EL

+44 (0) 8450 094502
+44 (0) 7826 554254


SMS Aero is approved to BS EN 9001:2015 for the provision of Aviation Safety Consultancy and Training Services. Read our quality notice

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