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4 Aviation Business Challenges for Sustaining Your SMS Programs

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 24, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Expectations Drive Aviation SMS Data Management Strategies

Since 2006, aviation safety management systems (SMS) have become a high priority for most aviation service providers as they attempt to find opportunities for:

  • revenue growth;
  • increased service offerings; and
  • operational efficiency.

Due to regulatory requirements, SMS program implementations have become one of the most popular discussion points among aviation safety professionals. With exponential growth of safety data, safety managers struggle not to make significant progress in their SMS implementation, but to sustain progress and demonstrate continuous improvement!

In the early years of SMS implementations, regulatory and SMS auditors have relatively low expectations from service providers. As years pass, these SMS auditors become more sophisticated. Subsequently, their expectations of demonstrable and sustained continuous improvement increase.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

The Truth About What Predictive Risk Management Is

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 23, 2017 6:06:00 AM

What is Predictive Risk Management?

It’s important for aviation SMS programs to be clear about the different types of risk management activities, and use them accordingly.

Predictive risk management is the process of performing risk management activities on potential/hypothetical hazards, risk events, and/or consequences.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Hazard Identification Compliance Requirement in FAA’s SRM Process– What You Need to Know

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 22, 2017 5:46:00 AM

FAA’s Safety Risk Management (SRM) Process and Hazard Identification Element

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) SRM compliance requirement for hazard identification controls every U.S. operator's aviation SMS program’s safety culture and risk management program.

The FAA’s SRM process gets a lot of attention – and for good reason.

Despite the fact that the FAA was a little late in adopting and enforcing ICAO's SMS regulatory requirements, oversight agencies from many countries around the world look to the FAA for guidance.

In your risk management program, your Safety Risk Management process will revolve around your operational risk profile.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, FAA Compliance

Is Root Cause Analysis Proactive or Reactive?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 16, 2017 5:45:00 AM

What is Root Cause Analysis

If you put 10 safety managers in a room and asked them what root cause analysis was, they would have a different answers.

Safety professionals all say that they perform root cause analysis. In their own minds, that’s probably true.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Picking Apart FAA’s SRM System Description Requirement – Are You Compliant?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 15, 2017 5:48:00 AM

FAA’s Safety Risk Management (SRM) Process and System Description Element

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) safety risk management (SRM) compliance requirement for System Description has one clear goal: establish the components of your operating environment’s systems, processes, procedures, and important safety elements.

Despite the fact that the goal is clear, system description is too often skimmed over in aviation SMS programs. This is a mistake.

Why is this element of SRM often skimmed over?

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, FAA Compliance

How to Prepare Data for Trend Analysis in Risk Management Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 14, 2017 6:08:00 AM

What is Trend Analysis in Risk Management?

It is a common misnomer that trend analysis in risk management is used to forecast future performance. This understanding of trend analysis is both reductive and distorts the purpose of trend analysis in aviation SMS programs.

In aviation safety management systems, the one, thematic question that we need to ask over and over is:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Pillars | What is Safety Risk Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 10, 2017 6:05:00 AM

Safety Risk Management Process

If there’s one takeaway for new professionals in aviation safety management, it’s that aviation risk management is a process. It is not a single, solid “thing.”

This process cyclical, and can be identified by several stages that form a systematic approach to safety risk management:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Pillars | Most Important Elements of Change Management in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 8, 2017 6:01:00 AM

What is Change Management in Aviation SMS

Airlines and airports are required to develop and maintain a formal process for identifying and performing needed changes in their operational environments. These changes usually effect existing services and operations.

Change management should describe these effects and the exposure that results from the change.

Some basic tenants of management of change (MOC) are:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Pillars | What is Hazard Identification in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 3, 2017 6:05:00 AM

Definition of Hazard Identification

Hazard identification in aviation SMS programs is the baseline performance needed for a successful safety program. It is part of the Safety Risk Management element of the 4 Pillars of aviation safety.

At face value, hazard identification is fairly simple: awareness and recognition of potential danger in the operational environment. In aviation SMS programs, hazard identification is complicated by the fact that:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Perform Risk Assessments without Aviation Risk Management Software

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 23, 2017 6:08:00 AM

What is Risk Assessment?

Airport SMS programs and Airline SMS programs 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.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

 

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