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The Internal Aviation SMS Threat: Plan Continuation Bias

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 16, 2019 6:32:00 AM

Plan Continuation Bias for the Layman

Several years ago NASA analyzed pilots' actions from 19 airline accidents from the viewpoint of "real-time" - i.e. during the flight and without hindsight bias. NASA found that the primary cause of the accidents was something they called "plan continuation bias."

For those of you who aren't unfamiliar with this concept, the premise is this: when you have "someplace to get to" you tend to ignore your environment.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

Communicating Importance of Procedures in Aviation SMS

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Jul 3, 2019 6:09:00 AM

Procedures at Heart of Aviation Safety Management

I currently just finished my freshman year at San Diego Christian College (SDCC) enrolled as an aviation major seeking a career in commercial aviation. SDCC employs a third party who they rent aircraft and employ instructors from.

If I have learned one thing from my first year of training, it is that policies and procedures are everything, that is, they are more important than most people readily consider during everyday flight operations.

Procedures are very important to assure flight risk is managed to as low as reasonably practical. Flight procedures allow me to focus on exactly what I need, even though I may not be considering the reasoning behind a procedure before a particular flight. I know procedures are important for helping me to stay consistent, and safe.

Take offs and landings, emergencies, and maneuvers, all of which have procedures. Procedures remain at the core of aviation risk management and allow the aviation industry to enjoy continued success.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

4 Pillars | Why Documentation in Aviation SMS Is Important - Beyond Compliance

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 9, 2019 6:39:00 AM

What Is Documentation in Aviation SMS?

In November 2006, the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) mandated that all member states implement formal aviation safety management systems (SMS). Each member state's civil aviation authority (CAA)  is responsible for providing oversight to ensure the operators required to implement the aviation SMS are in compliance.

Aviation SMS implementations need to be accounted for in 2 main ways. First, they need to be functioning, which means that SMS components are actively used by employees in the company. Second, the SMS' risk management activities need to be "documented."

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Identify Obstacles Blocking Your Aviation SMS?

Posted by Dr. Bob Baron on May 1, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Managers Start With Something

When artists paint on a blank canvas, it gives them an opportunity to start with nothing and creatively turn it into something. This allows the artist to create a picture without having to change or modify a picture that already exists.

When implementing a Safety Management System (SMS), most Safety Managers do not have the luxury of starting with a blank canvas; instead, they must

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

5 Steps to Define Safety Accountabilities in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 21, 2019 6:13:00 AM

Org Charts Help to Define Accountabilities in Aviation SMS

Safety accountabilities in aviation safety management systems (SMS) implementations outline the bureaucratic structure of organizational safety expectations. Defining accountabilities has the ultimate goal of clearly communicating:

  • What levels of responsibility are defined in the aviation SMS;
  • Different levels of responsibility for each role; and
  • Which roles have authority to make certain safety decisions.
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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

4 Actions Needed for Management Commitment in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 20, 2019 6:02:00 AM

The Concept of Management Commitment in Aviation SMS Programs

Management’s commitment in aviation safety management systems (SMS) is an extremely important part of the Four Pillar’s Safety Policy component.

Without a doubt, your SMS will fail without support from senior management.

Successful aviation SMS have exceptional safety cultures that rely significantly upon strong management commitment. The reasons management commitment is so critical for Safety Policy in the Four Pillars and aviation safety culture are:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

Setting Up an Aviation Safety Management System (SMS)

Posted by Christopher Howell on Apr 13, 2019 6:08:00 AM

SMS Implementation Guidance Still Needed

Over a dozen years (Nov 2006) have passed since ICAO issued its first mandate requiring member states to implement formal, structured aviation safety management systems (SMS).

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Write Non-Punitive Reporting Policy for Aviation SMS Programs - Free Templates

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 10, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Purpose of Non-Punitive Reporting Policies in Aviation SMS Programs

Dedicated, hard-working safety managers drive the setup of airline and airports' aviation safety management systems (SMS).

These safety managers are often left to decipher ambiguous requirements that are open to multiple interpretations. This comes into play especially when upper management wants to "pencil-whip" an aviation SMS and merely check the boxes.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 1-Safety Policy, 2-Safety Risk Management

Overcoming Most Common Aviation SMS Implementation Challenges - Free Resources

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 6, 2019 4:39:00 AM

Plans and Challenges of Implementation

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) implementation takes a long time to fully mature, usually three to five years if you are lucky.

Once there, your SMS will continually be tweaked and updated, which of course requires further implementation and monitoring.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Assign Duties and Responsibilities in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 25, 2019 6:11:00 AM

Purpose of Duties and Responsibilities in Aviation SMS

Duties and responsibilities in aviation SMS outline what each role will be accountable for and its core tasks. Each role will have unique tasks and accountabilities. You assign duties and responsibilities to an employee by assigning him/her a role. Duties and responsibilities allows your organization to:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

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