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How to Demonstrate Continuous Improvement in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 16, 2019 6:15:00 AM

What Is Continuous Improvement in Aviation SMS

The purpose of aviation safety management systems (SMS) is to ensure aviation service providers have a structured, formal process to manage safety, thereby reducing risk to the "transportation system."

Aviation SMS implementations are designed to continuously improve safety performance by:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Conduct Safety Performance Assessments in Aviation SMS with Part 5

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 11, 2019 5:47:00 AM

Purpose of Safety Performance Assessment in Safety Assurance Pillar

If you cannot measure safety performance in your aviation safety management systems (SMS), then:

  • How do you know whether your operations are as safe as can be reasonably expected?
  • How can your set safety goals and objectives when you don't have actionable intelligence to assist in fact-based decision-making processes?
  • How do you know your aviation SMS is driving operational performance improvements?
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, FAA Compliance

Relationship between a Hazard and Risk Occurrence in Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 10, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Why Definitions of Hazard and Risk Matter

One of the most ubiquitous problems in aviation risk management is the misuse of commonly used words, in particular “hazard” and “risk.” Often, these two items are either:

  • Used interchangeably; or
  • Used much too broadly.

Accuracy is extremely important, as much of the bureaucracy in an aviation safety management system (SMS) builds upon basic definitions of safety elements. Misunderstanding or assuming incorrect definitions can compromise how safety is accounted for and documented in the aviation SMS.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Critical Employee and Management Interactions in Aviation SMS

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

Aviation Safety Management Systems Are Defined by Interactions

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) need certain interactions or features within the system for it to be successful.

Interactions in aviation SMS always denote a relationship between two parts. These parts can be any aspect of the SMS implementation's moving parts, such as its:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

15 Most Important Keywords in Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 6, 2019 6:06:00 PM

Importance of Keywords in Aviation SMS

Keywords in Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) are the most important words that new or experienced aviation safety professionals need to know. Usage of the correct terminology in the aviation industry is important for stakeholders to understand particular contexts in which safety events may occur and also any nuances that may cloud definitions due to regional differences or the introduction of unfamiliar technology.

SMS keywords are not just for safety personnel, but rather for all people who interact with the SMS' risk management system, including:

  • Accountable executives;
  • Operational department heads;
  • Safety inspectors in quality assurance departments;
  • Regulatory compliance auditors; and
  • Line employees exposed to operational hazards.
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Topics: Risk Management Training

Audit Checklist: 10 Things to Prepare for Aviation SMS Audits

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 5, 2019 6:05:00 AM

Things to Prepare for Aviation SMS Audits

There are many aviation audit checklists available online.

While these checklists offer many specific tasks you need to perform, few checklists offer a broad overview of things that airports, airlines, and other aviation service providers should do to augment audit performance.

The purpose of aviation safety management systems (SMS) is to continuously improve safety performance while also improving the business' operational processes. This continuous improvement is expected to be realized by:

  • Identifying hazards to operational safety;
  • Reporting the safety hazard to management to be treated;
  • Collecting and analyzing safety information; 
  • Determining whether hazard's associated risk is acceptable; 
  • Implementing or reinforcing risk controls to mitigate risk; and
  • Continue to monitor system for hazards.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, Quality-Safety Management

Learn to Think Like an Aviation SMS Auditor

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 4, 2019 6:03:00 AM

Why Aviation SMS Audits Are Important

The objective of Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) is to:

  • Proactively manage safety to reduce risk;
  • Identify potential safety hazards;
  • Determine operational risk, and
  • Implement control measures mitigating identified risk.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, SMS Auditing

FAA Part 5 Compliance | Safety Assurance Performance Monitoring and Data Acquisition Components

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 3, 2019 6:04:00 AM

What Is Safety Assurance for FAA

Safety Assurance is designed to ensure that aviation service providers have the ability to manage safety risks effectively using a structured, prescribed approach to managing identified safety concerns.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, FAA Compliance

9 Success Tips for Aviation SMS Consultants

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 2, 2019 6:00:00 AM

The Glamour of Aviation SMS Consulting

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) are viewed as complex systems comprised of multiple, interdependent subsystems. These subsystems include, but are not limited to:

  • Safety reporting system;
  • Risk management system;
  • SMS training management system;
  • Safety communication system(s); and
  • Safety performance monitoring systems.
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Topics: Insider

FAA Part 5 | Safety Policy Compliance

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 28, 2019 5:54:00 AM

FAA Part 5 Safety Policy Documentation Compliance

FAA Part 5 compliance for Safety Policy is largely the concern of new aviation SMS implementations for Part 121 operators. 

An aviation safety management system (SMS) is logically broken up into components and elements. This logical arrangement makes it easier for safety professionals to organize multiple subsystems within a large, inter-related system of elements. 

Safety Policy requirements are mainly fulfilled in the first phase of aviation SMS implementation and reviewed throughout the lifetime of the SMS.

Fortunately, the FAA’s Part 5 compliance guidelines on this SMS Pillar are very clear, and well outlined.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

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