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What Is Success in Aviation Risk Management?

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on May 13, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Is Risky Business

Aviation, like any business, has elements of risk.

Whether it is a safety issue or a cost issue, the risk is very much a part of the aviation industry past, present, and future.

I believe it takes a certain kind of person to be successful in aviation risk management.

Yet what does success look like for an aviation safety professional?

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How Money Shapes Safety Culture in Aviation SMS

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Apr 29, 2019 6:02:00 AM

How Money Can Affect the Way We Think about Safety

I find myself being an unsafe pilot all of the time, and so do many other pilots. Not in the sense of breaking safety regulations, such as flight and duty times, but by pushing personal limits.

Sometimes we pilots slander the IMSAFE checklist and push it to the side when preparing for a flight knowing:

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How Aviation Safety Policy Affects Safety Assurance?

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Apr 15, 2019 6:07:00 AM

Aviation Safety Policy Influences Safety Assurance

Our global economy relies heavily on aviation SMS safety assurance activities to be carried out dutifully by aviation service providers.

The aviation industry is responsible for safely transporting goods and people all over the world. It is also responsible for employing millions of people in all corners of our globe. Without the aviation industry, our global economy would slow significantly.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

3 Inexpensive Ways to Promote Safety at Flight Schools & Other SMS Implementations

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Apr 6, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Promotion Activities Don't Have to Cost Much

Every aviation safety program is on a budget and incorporating safety programs can sometimes be costly, but there are some ways to keep safety as a priority without spending a dime, such as

  • Developing a training program with integrated safety training;
  • Encouraging an environment of positive peer influence; and
  • Providing an outlet for anonymous reporting of incidents.

These are just a few, inexpensive ways to promote safety at flight schools or any other aviation service provider. Safety promotion is about communication and training. Employees must be trained in hazard identification and the organization's safety reporting processes. Otherwise, the aviation safety management system (SMS) will not work as designed.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

Six Ways to Improve Safety Culture in Aviation SMS

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Apr 3, 2019 6:10:00 AM

Safety Management Systems Bore Most Employees

Unlike those who study and create safety management systems (SMS), to the average employee these programs can be boring.

It’s not that the average employees don’t value safety, it’s just that they need to see how these programs are beneficial to them personally.

So how can we change our safety culture and encourage participation in aviation safety management systems? Below are six ideas on how to get people involved:

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

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

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