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Most Common Aviation Risk Management Challenges at Airlines & Airports

Posted by Doug Walker on Jan 27, 2019 10:37:00 AM

Common Safety Manager Challenges in Aviation SMS Programs

Safety managers face difficult challenges when complying with the ICAO aviation safety management systems (SMS) requirements. Most airlines and airports around the world understand that they have to implement these SMS requirements.

In many parts of the world, aviation safety managers commonly lack:

  • Clear guidance to implement aviation SMS;
  • Earnest participation by the entire organization; and
  • The adequate budget for tools to manage safety programs;

This is obviously an important issue to discuss with the accountable executive. After all, the accountable executive is responsible for the SMS implementation. Safety managers need for accountable executives to understand that the SMS is not the safety manager's SMS implementation, but the accountable executive's implementation! You may have to educate in order to effect positive change in the SMS.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Optimize Risk Management Processes for Aviation SMS

Posted by Doug Walker on Dec 1, 2018 5:51:00 AM

What Is an SMS Risk Control Process?

A risk control process for an aviation safety management system (SMS) entails a series of risk management tasks that are executed whenever:

  • Hazards are identified;
  • An event has occurred (accident, incident, irregularity); or
  • An audit finding is uncovered (internal as well as external audits).
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

From Reactive to Proactive Hazard Identification in Aviation SMS

Posted by Doug Walker on Nov 30, 2018 5:42:00 AM

Proactive Hazard Identification Saves Lives

Every aviation operation endures varying levels of risk, depending on ever-changing environmental conditions.

The operating environment never remains constant.

No two operations are identical.

Certain factors will always interject uncertainty and risk into the operation, including:

  • Human;
  • Equipment; and
  • Environmental.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Review Aviation SMS Safety Policies - Free Checklist

Posted by Doug Walker on Nov 29, 2018 4:53:00 AM

Aviation Safety Policies Require Review, Didn't You Know?

Safety managers are busy people. After all, they are constantly ensuring SMS documentation requirements are appropriately managed for all four pillars of the aviation safety management system (SMS).

It's easy to let something slip by if there are no mechanisms in place for quality assurance for your aviation SMS.

What does it mean by reviewing the aviation SMS' safety policy?

How is this done?

Do I just slap another date on the bottom?

What do auditors look for when reviewing this requirement?

These are a few questions we'll seek to answer. Also, we will provide a free checklist for you to either:

  • Start your SMS safety policy; or
  • Review your safety policy against an exceptional safety policy requirements checklist.
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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

6 Questions & Downloads for Starting an Aviation SMS Implementation

Posted by Doug Walker on Nov 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Time Passes Quickly in the Aviation Safety Industry

Over a dozen years have passed since the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) required aviation safety management system (SMS) implementation by the following aviation service providers:

  • Aircraft operators;
  • Aircraft maintenance organizations (AMOs or MROs);
  • Air navigation services providers;
  • Helicopter operators;
  • Approved training organizations; and
  • Airport operators (certified aerodromes).

I'm surprised at how many operators still have not started their SMS. If you have just started your SMS, or are contemplating implementing an aviation SMS, there stands a good chance that your company already has some of the required SMS elements.

An SMS implementation consists of the four pillars and a dozen elements. There are considerable SMS documentation requirements. Are you ready?

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

What Are the 4 Pillars of SMS?

Posted by Doug Walker on Nov 1, 2018 9:56:00 AM

Four Pillars or Components Make a Tough Topic More Digestible

When the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) required a formal safety management system (SMS) implementation by aviation service providers in 2006, they didn't simply pass a ruling. ICAO offered guidance material for SMS implementation in Document 9859, now in the third edition.

All aviation safety management professionals should read Document 9859 at least once. It is surprisingly easy to read.

The best part about this "Safety Management Manual" is that the authors took a very broad and complex topic and broke it down into four components or pillars of an SMS. These four pillars were then broken up into twelve elements.

In this blog article, we'll review the four pillars and most of their elements. We'll also sprinkle in some free downloads, such as templates and checklists to help new safety managers.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

Why Safety Risk Management Pillar Rocks in Aviation SMS - Best Practices

Posted by Doug Walker on Oct 21, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Safety Risk Management Is the SMS Star

In November 2006, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) required the implementation of an aviation safety management system (SMS) by the following aviation service provider organizations:

  • Aircraft operators;
  • Aircraft maintenance organizations;
  • Air navigation services providers; and
  • Airport operators (certified aerodromes).

Since then, the list of required participants to implement SMS has increased to include:

  • Approved training providers; and
  • Aircraft designers and manufacturers.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

First Steps Starting Aviation Safety Program For Beginners - SMS Resources

Posted by Doug Walker on Aug 19, 2018 5:47:00 AM

Do You Have the Aviation Safety Manager Job?

If you have been a safety manager for years now, do you remember when you first started? So many questions, such as:

  • Where do I start?

It can be frightening to be suddenly assigned as the safety manager when you know very little about what the "safety manager" does every day. And now you have been assigned to implement a safety management system (SMS)? "What did I get myself into?" you may ask yourself.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

3 Benefits of Aviation Safety Management System (SMS) Databases

Posted by Doug Walker on Aug 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM

What Are the Safety Management System Databases?

In early 2007, when we started designing and developing SMS Pro, I was mildly surprised that many aviation safety managers called a Web application to manage aviation safety events a "safety management system" (SMS) database.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, Aviation SMS Database

6 Sources for Aviation Key Performance Indicators - with Free KPI Resources

Posted by Doug Walker on Aug 9, 2018 6:00:00 AM

How Do You Set Key Performance Indicators

Most safety managers consider aligning their operation's key performance indicators with organizational objectives, such as

  • "Lost Time Injuries,"
  • "Employee Turnover," and
  • "Seats Sold."

These KPIs are commonly

  • operational,
  • safety-related or
  • financial.
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Topics: Key Performance Indicators

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