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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

How Front-Line Employees View Aviation Safety Culture

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Mar 9, 2018 5:41:00 AM

How to Improve Safety Culture in Front Line Employees 

As a current aviation maintenance technology student and worker in the aviation maintenance field, I get to experience both the school and the workplace safety cultures. As mentioned in a previous post, the meaning of aviation safety culture is:

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion, Safety Culture

Best Safety Risk Management Practices for Aviation Maintenance

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Mar 2, 2018 5:52:00 AM

Best Safety Risk Management Practices for Aviation Maintenance

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

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What are Ways to Improve Participation in Aviation SMS

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Feb 23, 2018 6:25:00 AM

What are Main Challenges with Aviation SMS Participation

Many often complain about how difficult it is to get full participation for their aviation safety management system. However, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Members of your organization will need much less coaxing to participate in your aviation safety program by making your program:

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Topics: Safety Culture

What is the Key to Successful Risk Management?

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Feb 16, 2018 6:01:00 AM

How to Manage High Levels of Risk Effectively

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. This is epitomized by the life of this former astronaut.

Nothing but the thin walls of a pressurized enclosure, hurtling through space at unimaginable speeds, lay between his small team onboard the space station and the cold eternity of space. In such circumstances, one small mistake could mean the difference between life and death.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Money Shapes Safety Culture at Flight School SMS Programs

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Jan 20, 2017 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:

  • we did not sleep well the night before,
  • have not eaten very nutritiously lately, and
  • have been in class far too long to be in a plane for multiple hours.

But that isn’t going to stop the majority of pilots from wanting those much needed flight hours.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

What Should Be Future Focus of Safety Management Systems

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Jan 13, 2017 6:04:00 AM

Human Factors Central Theme in Aviation Safety

As the aviation industry continues to grow, a concentrated effort on safety needs to expand into all realms of aviation, especially regarding hazard identification, as well as risk assessment and mitigation, related to human error.

In aviation there will always be uncontrolled variables. This remains true because we operate in an open system, exposed to many variables outside the direct control of the operator.

A leading factor in the vast majority of aviation accidents is human error. This begs the question, how much effort should be put towards identifying the tendencies for improper human performance and addressing these beforehand?

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

Why Are Flight Instructors Backbone for Safety Management Systems?

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Jan 6, 2017 6:10:00 AM

How Flight Instructors Shape Safety Management Systems

As an aspiring instructor pilot, safety management systems (SMS) will inevitably be part of each day. 

It is a unique opportunity instructors have in guiding pilots through their pursuits in all aspects of aviation.  All too often, instructors are only considered responsible for teaching the physical aspects of flying; i.e. the practical knowledge and skills to pass written tests and check rides.  Still, more importantly, instructors are responsible for teaching the culture of aviation and the systems set in place.  

An instructor pilot has ground rules to establish and uphold standards of performance in all areas, in order to promote safety and efficiency. 

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

Why Money Is More Important Than Safety in Aviation

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Jan 2, 2017 6:03:00 AM

The Money Hungry Industry of Aviation

From what I have gathered over the years, every company seems to operate in the same way, money before safety.

Companies will think to themselves “How can I make money while still being safe?”

The problem with this mindset is that the word money comes first. If it were switched to say “How can I be the most safe while still making money?” there wouldn’t be much of a problem.

Today’s safety culture in aviation depends on whether money is going to be made, which is quite sad.

As I realize there are many safety implications set in place by the government, many companies like to run on the bare minimum safety standards to make the most money.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How to Motivate Employees in Safety Management Systems

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Dec 30, 2016 6:03:00 AM

Safety Management Systems Shape Healthy Cultures

Intrinsic motivation is a highly effective means of motivating people.  Often, this can be tied to identity and purpose as is related to a larger group.  

Safety management systems (SMS) can work to create a culture of individual responsibility within the organization and therefore inadvertently promote participation.  

As individuals see the greater vision of an SMS program, connect with others around that vision, and find means to support this vision, the organization will grow and develop.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

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