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How to Perform Risk Assessments without Aviation Risk Management Software

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 16, 2019 6:08:00 AM

What Is Risk Assessment?

In November 2006, ICAO mandated that all member states implement formal aviation safety management systems (SMS). One objective was to provide aviation service providers with a standardized approach to managing safety.

During the aviation SMS implementation, operators must create and maintain a formal process of risk analysis and risk assessment in order to keep safety performance at an acceptable level of safety (ALoS). This process is “formal” in the sense that this process needs to be documented and reviewed.

Performing risk assessments in aviation SMS may start with hazard identification and the subsequent hazard reporting activity. Alternatively, a management of change project may have initiated a system review that identified either existing hazards or new hazards.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Ways to Know You Are Qualified to Be an Aviation Safety Officer

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 15, 2019 6:17:00 AM

Certification vs. Qualification

Last year my wife went to the dentist to have a filling put into one of her teeth. She had severe pain for several days, went back to the dentist and found out that he had put the filling in backward. He replaced it with a new filling but the next day it fell out of her tooth.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

Difference between Reactive, Predictive and Proactive Risk Management in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 14, 2019 6:11:00 AM

Why You Need to Know Difference between Reactive, Predictive, and Proactive Risk Management

Aviation safety managers and employees who understand the real difference between reactive, predictive, and proactive risk management activities gain considerable benefit for generating good safety performance.

The fact is that these three types of risk management strategies are often misunderstood and/or confused.

Can you describe the difference?

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Safety Chart: Prioritize Critically Overdue Tasks in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 13, 2019 6:02:00 AM

Why Overdue Items Safety Chart Is Important

No aviation safety program is perfect.

Safety issues, corrective and preventive actions will inevitably “fall through the cracks” and become overdue while being managed. Problems arise when safety issues and other safety items fall critically behind. This exposes an organization to:

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Topics: Risk Management Software

5 Signs of Good Aviation Risk Management Training

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 12, 2019 5:07:00 AM

Recognizing Good Aviation Risk Management Training Is Crucial

Having good aviation risk management training is perhaps one of the most important ways to improve safety in your organization.

Good training is not inexpensive, as it takes you and/or your employees away from regular duties. In other words, management doesn't wants to waste time and money on items that have no direct and immediate relation to the bottom line. They expect to see results from their investment.

Simply put, bad training is a risk that needs to be accounted for.

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Topics: Risk Management Training

4 Best Safety Practices for General Aviation Pilots

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Jul 11, 2019 6:07:00 AM

Safety Management Systems Not Just for Large Operators

When we think of safety management systems (SMS), it’s easy to think of big operations such as major airlines and large international airports.

General aviation pilots and smaller aviation service providers need their own safety management systems as well, albeit not as complex as those maintained by larger operators.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Tips to Sharpen Aviation Risk Management Skills

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Jul 10, 2019 6:12:00 AM

Aviation Risk Management Skills Always Need Refining

Pilots have to be committed to safety.

At the end of the day, safety is the most important thing in aviation.

Whenever aviation service providers take risks with safety, they are possibly risking their own life and the lives of others.

An aviation professional who is successful in risk management is a person who is:

  • detail oriented;
  • excellent at prioritizing;
  • focused on continuing to sharpen skills;
  • interested in learning new risk management tools; and
  • staying current with rules, techniques, and practices within their field.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What Is a Safety Manager in Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS)?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 9, 2019 6:15:00 AM

What Is an Aviation Safety Manger in an SMS Program?

The aviation safety manager (SM) is the individual charged with developing, monitoring, and improving the safety management system (SMS) of the service provider.

The safety manager acts as the primary reference point for safety management issues in the organization. Safety professionals must understand risk management processes and much more.

Appointing a safety manager is a crucial step in establishing the SMS' organizational structure and planning for the aviation SMS' implementation. The appointed SM may be:

  • Designated as a full time manager of safety, such as in larger organizations whose safety needs are robust enough for a full time SM; however
  • In most organizations the manager of safety is appointed to an individual who has other safety duties.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Reduce Complexity of Aviation SMS Implementations

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Manage Safety Is Managing Risk

Ultimately, managing safety is about managing risk – a core value that can easily be overshadowed in large aviation safety management systems' (SMS) implementations.

In many ways, smaller organizations have a natural benefit for managing risk simply because:

  • The scale is smaller;
  • There are fewer variables to account for;
  • Regulatory scrutiny is not as severe; and
  • There is a tighter-knit community, therefore influencing safety cultures becomes easier.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What is Reactive Risk Management (Why It’s Essential For Aviation SMS)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 7, 2019 6:03:00 AM

What is Reactive Risk Management

Reactive risk management usually gets a bad rap. It’s often perceived as the “lowest” form of risk management, and that aviation service providers should be moving from reactive risk management towards more “advanced” forms to manage risk.

It’s extremely important that all employees understand that reactive risk management is extremely valuable to all aviation safety management systems (SMS) implementations.

Reactive risk management simply involves the ability to respond quickly to safety events.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

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