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From Reactive to Proactive Risk Management in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Proactive Risk Management a Dream for Many Aviation Safety Programs

Historically, aviation safety management strategies relied predominantly upon reactive risk management principles. For example, a critical part would break or an accident occurred, and managers would then attempt to determine the root cause and fix the issue.

In a perfect world, aviation service providers will lean toward a more modern proactive, organizational-based methodology to avert serious accidents before they occur. By looking at Boeing stats, commercial traffic is very safe, with greater than 99.999% accident-free rate.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Practice Proactive Risk Management in Aviation Safety

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 3, 2019 2:01:09 PM

What Is Proactive Risk Management

Proactive risk management is often esteemed as the “best” type of risk management. This is because proactive risk management usually matures later in SMS implementation. Also, it involves identifying and stopping issues before they occur.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management, 2-Safety Risk Management

Risk Mitigation Best Practices in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 3, 2019 12:29:34 PM

What Are Best Practices for Risk Mitigation in Aviation Safety Management

The term risk mitigation, broadly speaking, means to try and prevent danger. You might think of it as “reducing exposure.” In general, there are four best practices employed in aviation SMS to mitigate risk, and they include:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, 2-Safety Risk Management

Best Low Cost Risk Management Tools to Use in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 2, 2019 8:14:00 PM

What Are Risk Management Tools

Risk management tools in aviation SMS is simply a vague term that refers to resources that can help you manage risk. Often, the most beneficial resources tend to be the simple, inexpensive, and helpful for both providing guidance and helping you organize your time.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management, 2-Safety Risk Management

3 Things Proactive Aviation Safety Managers Never Do

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 2, 2019 5:50:06 PM

Healthy for the Program, Healthy for the SMS Manager

Proactive aviation risk management is an organizational wide effort towards identifying risk and mitigating hazards before an incident occurs.

For an aviation safety program to get to a point of proactive aviation safety – and as you probably know from personal experience – aviation safety managers:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Why Should We Implement Aviation SMS?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 2, 2019 3:43:08 PM

Resistance to Aviation SMS

Considerable numbers of aviation managers in the United States and a few other countries groaned when ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) mandated that most aviation service providers implement formal aviation safety management systems. Americans, by nature, are rebellious against government involvement in commercial activities.

These recalcitrant aviation managers saw no added value in implementing highly structured safety management programs because they already had the safest flight operations in the world (in their minds anyway).

Furthermore, most commercial operators already possessed elements of a safety program. Additional risk management initiatives seemed to increase costs and add no additional benefit in reducing risk and protecting assets. In this article, we will discuss why you should implement an aviation SMS at your airline or airport. We'll not to repeat the obvious "it's a requirement," as this argument adds little value to demonstrate the true value of aviation SMS.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

5 Warning Signs and Symptoms of Aviation SMS Failures

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 31, 2018 6:02:00 AM

Aviation Safety Management System Symptoms and Underlying Causes

An aviation safety management system (SMS) functions almost like a living, breathing entity. The SMS' required safety assurance processes facilitate improvements through continual verification and follow-up actions. Regardless of your SMS' maturity level, the SMS continually evolves.

Every SMS has many moving parts that work together to reduce risk and to comply with regulatory requirements. These individual components can exhibit healthy signs, as well as symptoms of underlying problems.

A lot of money and lives depend on a safety manager’s ability to recognize such signs and symptoms. Is your SMS experiencing any of these warning signs?

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Review Your Aviation Safety Risk Management Procedures

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 30, 2018 1:19:25 AM

Why Review Safety Risk Management Procedures?

Safety managers at airlines come and go. At the most volatile organizations, we see safety managers change every six months to a year.

The reasons safety managers leave their positions include:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Identify Hazards and Assess Risks in Aviation SMS Programs - with Free Resources

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 29, 2018 10:47:52 PM

Reactive and Proactive Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

Aviation safety managers are tasked to ensure that the safety risks encountered at their airline or airport are controlled to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).

Modern aviation safety risk management includes:

  • Hazard identification;
  • Safety risk assessment; and
  • Implementing appropriate control and recovery measures.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

3 Main Components of Aviation Risk Management

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Dec 28, 2018 1:29:00 AM

Aviation Risk Management Requires a Safety Mindset

Aviation risk management is a vital part of being a well rounded pilot. The safety mindset works best every time flying.

Although all components are important, perhaps the most vital of them all is understanding the importance of "aviation risk management."

The textbook definition of risk management is a decision making process that relies on

  • situational awareness,
  • problem recognition, and
  • good judgment

to reduce the risks associated with each flight.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

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