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Christopher Howell

Manage global operations for aviation safety management systems (SMS) software that facilitates regulatory compliance, such as ICAO, FAA, Transport Canada, IS-BAO. Manage software engineering support efforts to local Alaska businesses. Assist in design, implementation, testing and documentation of complex, three-tier Windows applications relying heavily upon secure Web services technology.
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Moving from Quality Management to Integrated SMS and QMS Systems

Posted by Christopher Howell on Sep 9, 2019 6:04:00 AM

Auditing Compels Operators to Adopt Better Aviation SMS

Aviation quality and compliance auditors use auditing software to measure compliance and to track corrective actions. IATA's IOSA program is a very good program to steer airlines toward an ICAO compliant safety management systems (SMS).

Quality, safety, and environmental management systems share many common elements and requirements. In fact, requirements for safety management systems have evolved from the quality management systems (QMS).

Looking at the two systems, one cannot but agree that SMS didn't evolve independently, but the framework was modeled after quality management systems.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What Are Main Components of Every Aviation SMS Implementation?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Aug 12, 2019 6:00:00 AM

"SMS" Is Common Term in Aviation Industry

Unless you have been living under a rock since November 2006, it is highly likely that you have heard about the required safety management systems (SMS) that were mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Why Include Vendors in Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS)?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 29, 2019 5:55:00 AM

Vendors as Part of Aviation SMS Initiatives

Aviation safety managers, especially at larger airlines and airports have considerable work to perform, including:

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Topics: Risk Management Software

How to Bring Your Aviation Safety Reporting System to Compliance?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 24, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Legacy Safety Reporting Systems Increase Auditing & Financial Risk

Aviation safety managers commonly tell me that audits become much less painful after switching over to their new aviation safety management system (SMS) database software.

This doesn't mean that their company always passes audits without findings, but auditors love that all SMS documentation requirements are managed within one centralized data management system instead of being scattered around in:

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Topics: Risk Management Software

Safety Chart: How to Monitor Risk Management Tasks in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 6, 2019 6:07:00 AM

What Is Task Delegation in Aviation Risk Management

Proper task delegation in aviation safety management systems (SMS) is critical for the efficiency and success of aviation risk management processes. An SMS implementation revolves around:

  • Designing risk management processes;
  • Implementing processes;
  • Monitoring processes; and
  • Reacting to exceptions discovered during system monitoring processes.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How Aviation Safety Articles Satisfies Recurring SMS Training Requirements

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 2, 2019 6:07:00 AM

Aviation SMS Training Does Not Have to Break the Bank

In Phase 2 and Phase 4 of an ICAO compliant aviation safety management system (SMS), aviation service providers must

  • Deliver training relevant to reactive risk management processes; and
  • Develop training relevant to operational safety assurance.
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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How Do Office Staff Participate in Aviation SMS?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jun 28, 2019 6:03:00 AM

Common Question before Aviation SMS Implementations

I interact with safety managers and accountable executives as we provide consulting and database services for aviation service providers implementing formal aviation safety management systems (SMS).

Occasionally, I hear these groups saying, "We only want the pilots to participate in the SMS."

Worse yet, I'll see an airline with 4,000 employees telling me that only "20-40 people in the company are active in the aviation SMS," meaning that they have a small safety team that is peddling "safety" and the other employees are not active or are completely unaware of the SMS implementation.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How to Monitor and Control Risk in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jun 26, 2019 5:05:00 AM

Safety Professionals Need to Understand Risk Control Strategies

Aviation safety managers must monitor risk controls for effectiveness as they are associated with many hazards encountered in daily operations. There is an expectation of regulatory agencies that aviation service providers' implemented safety management systems (SMS) will:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Time to Review Your Aviation SMS Data Management Strategy

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jun 17, 2019 6:01:00 AM

Aviation SMS Are Not Required by All Operators

In November 2006, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICA0) mandated the implementation of formal aviation safety management systems (SMS) for most commercial aviation service providers. Besides the usual suspects of large airlines and airports, the list of required operators includes

  • flight schools,
  • aircraft designers,
  • aircraft parts manufacturers, and
  • aircraft manufacturers.

To provide SMS implementation guidance, ICAO released the Safety Management Manual (SMM), now in its fourth edition. This user-friendly SMS Bible provides an abundance of useful information to help safety professionals and managers understand SMS requirements as they undergo the SMS implementation process.

While most commercial aviation service providers are required to implement SMS, this is not a blanket mandate. There are many exceptions, notably local private operators that do not fly outside their country of origin and very small airports. If you are uncertain whether your operations require an aviation SMS, contact your civil aviation authority (CAA) or review your CAA's SMS regulatory guidance if available.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Despite Corruption, IATA Operational Safety Audits Enhance Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jun 4, 2019 5:21:00 AM

Aviation Safety Audits Are Not for Just Airlines

Aviation safety managers must be prepared for a never-ending chain of audits. This is a fact of life, whether you are working at:

  • Airlines;
  • Airports;
  • Ground handling companies;
  • Flight schools; or
  • Aviation maintenance organizations.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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