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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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Topics: 4 Pillars

How SMS Benefits Airport Management

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Aug 17, 2018 4:37:00 AM

SMS Creates Inclusive Airport Environment

My field of study is aerospace management. In one path of this field alone, airport management, there are many different systems that require complex, diverse operations. Some of these systems are:

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Topics: Risk Management Training

How to Sell All Employees on Your Aviation Safety Program

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Aug 10, 2018 4:04:00 AM

3 Ways to Encourage Participation in Your Aviation Safety Program

Many service providers struggle with overcoming the difficulty of generating participation and buy-in for their safety management program. However, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Employees in your organization will be much more likely to participate if you design your SMS to be:

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How Your Aviation Safety Program Preserves Freedom to Fly

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Mar 16, 2018 5:31:00 AM

How Aviation Safety Program Becomes Global Standard

The human spirit is a restless one, always seeking to push the boundaries of possibility.

Since the Wright brothers first successful flight occurred only in 1903, aviation is relatively new to humankind. The nature of flight challenges people to come up with better ways to deal with risk.

The global standard, SMS, supports the aviation industry through

  • good organization,
  • safety assurance and
  • collaboration.

Essentially, SMS seeks to preserve and promote the freedom to fly.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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