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3 Main Components of Aviation Risk Management

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Dec 28, 2018 1:29:00 AM

Aviation Risk Management Requires a Safety Mindset

Aviation risk management is a vital part of being a well rounded pilot. The safety mindset works best every time flying.

Although all components are important, perhaps the most vital of them all is understanding the importance of "aviation risk management."

The textbook definition of risk management is a decision making process that relies on

  • situational awareness,
  • problem recognition, and
  • good judgment

to reduce the risks associated with each flight.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Student Perspective: The Most Important Elements of Aviation SMS

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Nov 2, 2018 4:35:00 AM

Good Aviation Safety Management Practices

A Safety Management System (SMS) is a system that is composed of various policies, processes, procedures, and practices adopted and implemented to improve the overall safety of an organization.

Management is responsible for implementing, maintaining and making sure that SMS processes are carried out. I believe a good aviation safety management practice works hand-in-hand with the ethical standards of an organization.

Having good ethical standards helps promote unity among workers, helping them to focus on a common goal, improving communication and reducing ignorance at work place.

It has been statistically proven that most accidents or incident that occurred in an aviation industry was as a result of workers ignorance to rules, cutting corners, and goofing off.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

How to Implement Effective Control Measures

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Sep 21, 2018 5:21:00 AM

What Are Control Measures?

When you identify a hazard within your organization, the first step is to analyze the risk. If the risk is high, then you need a control measure to reduce risk to acceptable levels.

Any change made to the existing system to reduce risk is a control measure.

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Control measures can be simple or complex. Using a less hazardous chemical might be a simple control. Designing and installing a new ventilation system would be more complicated.

The controls your team implements will depend on risk and available resources.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

SMS First Steps - Gap Analysis

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Sep 14, 2018 5:20:00 AM

What Is a Gap Analysis?

As I researched SMS and what it means and how to implement one, the gap analysis kept coming up as something I needed more information on.

As first it seemed intimidating, but it's exactly what it sounds like; a tool to identify:

  • What already exists
  • What’s missing
  • What steps need to be taken

In other words, it identifies the gap between existing processes and a functional SMS. Identifying these gaps allows us to create a road map to implementation.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

The Power of Negative Thinking in Aviation Risk Management

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Sep 7, 2018 6:27:00 AM

How Risk Management Depends on Managers and Employees

As the former Commander of the International Space Station, it is not surprising that in interviews, Chris Hadfield often stresses the importance of effective risk management.  Whether for career or pleasure, every aviator experiences a considerable level of risk in their operational environment. 

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion, Safety Culture

Most Important Safety Training in Aviation Risk Management

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Aug 31, 2018 4:22:00 AM

The Tone Your Aviation Safety Training Should Have

Airports and airlines are busy places. Many inexperienced and experienced pilots and other personnel can be found hurrying about completing their tasks and missions.  In such conditions, as in all aviation settings, a good safety culture is essential. 

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Topics: Risk Management Training

SMS First Steps - Which Safety Policy?

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Aug 28, 2018 6:29:00 AM

Understanding Safety Policy

Many of the words and phrases used in aviation SMS have very specific meanings beyond those found in the dictionary. Hazard and risk, for example, have definitions that go beyond Merriam-Webster’s definition.

Safety policy is not one of those phrases. In fact, safety policy can refer to two distinctly different aspects of your SMS, which can be highly confusing when you jump in with both feet like I did.

Without context, safety policy is an ambiguous phrase. Much like the statement, “I’m going to the bank,” could be interpreted to mean that I’m on my way to a financial institution or that I’m headed to the riverbank, the definition of safety policy changes depending on when, where, and how we use it.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

Good Safety Practices for Maintenance Departments and MROs in Aviation SMS

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Aug 24, 2018 4:29:00 AM

4 Aviation Safety Management Practices to Apply in Aviation Maintenance

In aviation maintenance, as in all other aspects of the aviation sector, safety is paramount. 4 safety management practices which can be applied to make any maintenance operation safer are:

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

The Difference Between Hazard and Risk

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Aug 21, 2018 5:43:00 AM

What’s in a Name?

Identifying hazards is a big part of implementing a Safety Management System or SMS. Most of us assume that we know what a hazard is. It’s not a complicated word, we’re pretty sure we know what it means. No problem, right?

Problem is, hazard might be one of the most misunderstood words in the English language. Probably because a lot of definitions you’ll find say something like what Google tells us, “a danger or risk.” From which we could gather that a hazard and a risk are the same.

Despite the common usage of hazard and risk synonymously, when one digs deeper into hazards and risk, a common thread emerges regardless of industry. For those who’ve made safety a profession, hazard and risk mean two distinctly different things.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Making Sense of SMS - A Beginner’s Perspective

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Aug 17, 2018 7:11:00 AM

What Is This SMS Thing?

What’s the first thing you do when you want to answer a question? You Google it, right? Well, when you Google "aviation SMS, this is what the FAA will tell you:

“SMS is the formal, top-down, organization-wide approach to managing safety risk and assuring the effectiveness of safety risk controls. It includes systematic procedures, practices, and policies for the management of safety risk.” FAA Order 8000.369

But What Does That Mean?

Being the curious spirit that I am, I started digging.

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