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Moving from Quality Management to Integrated SMS and QMS Systems

Posted by Christopher Howell on Sep 9, 2019 6:04:00 AM

Auditing Compels Operators to Adopt Better Aviation SMS

Aviation quality and compliance auditors use auditing software to measure compliance and to track corrective actions. IATA's IOSA program is a very good program to steer airlines toward an ICAO compliant safety management systems (SMS).

Quality, safety, and environmental management systems share many common elements and requirements. In fact, requirements for safety management systems have evolved from the quality management systems (QMS).

Looking at the two systems, one cannot but agree that SMS didn't evolve independently, but the framework was modeled after quality management systems.

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How to Practice Proactive Data Management for Your Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 28, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Cyber Security in Aviation SMS Data Management

Technology has made aviation safety management systems (SMS) much easier to manage as a whole. Furthermore, this formal, structured approach to manage safety has undeniably contributed to system safety.

Technology is wonderful. It has been changing our lives at an unprecedented rate, and we can easily see how it has positively affected the aviation industry.

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What Are Main Components of Every Aviation SMS Implementation?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Aug 12, 2019 6:00:00 AM

"SMS" Is Common Term in Aviation Industry

Unless you have been living under a rock since November 2006, it is highly likely that you have heard about the required safety management systems (SMS) that were mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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How to Tell Whether Your Aviation SMS Processes Are Efficient?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 7, 2019 6:10:00 AM

Management Incentives to Know If Aviation SMS Management Is Efficient

Every person in a company should be concerned if their aviation safety management system (SMS) management is efficient and working as designed.

Management efficiency in aviation SMS implementations has significant stakes for everyone in the organization, as well as customers who use the company’s services.

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How to Improve Confidence in Aviation SMS Implementations

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 5, 2019 5:55:00 AM

What Is Confidence in Aviation Safety Programs?

Confidence in aviation safety management systems (SMS) is trust that the SMS implementation fulfills its obligations. The obligations of SMS include, of course, safety. But they don’t just include safety. The fact is that aviation SMS implementations that set out to only satisfy good-looking safety data or regulatory compliance will plateau or even implode before long.

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Safety Chart: Monitor Root Causes' Contributing Factors in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 18, 2019 5:54:00 AM

The Importance of This Risk Management Chart

If your company is like other aviation service providers, you will have a particular safety issue keep coming back time and again. Corrective actions may be implemented or the safety issue isn't severe enough to warrant too much attention. Your recurring safety issue may be:

  • Employee fall protection not used;
  • Crew-member fatigue;
  • Crew not qualified for mission; or
  • Ineffective substance abuse monitoring.

Is your recurring safety issue in the above list? Many of you will relate to crew-member fatigue as your top recurring safety issue. This may be due to:

  • Improper crew scheduling;
  • Unplanned layovers;
  • Time-zone changes; or
  • Long duty days.

How do you identify and document all the contributing factors that are related to your top recurring safety issues? What was the root causes? Do you know? Since this is a recurring safety issue, the root causes are obviously not being dealt with properly. How are you dealing with root causes in your risk management processes? Are they documented? Can management make fact-based decisions based on this documented information?

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4 Safety Management Tips to Assess Aviation SMS Implementations

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 1, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Assessing Your Aviation SMS Implementation

The things that often hurt aviation safety management systems (SMS) are less symptomatic of the bureaucratic side of formal SMS implementations than they are the type of working environment that management teams cultivate.

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What are Leading Indicators in Aviation SMS?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 27, 2019 6:03:00 AM

What Are Leading Indicators in Safety Programs?

Leading indicators in aviation safety management systems (SMS) are:

  • The “input” of the program;
  • Identify precursors that directly correlate to future performance;
  • Identify technical or organizational weaknesses;
  • Are underlying causes for safety success and failure; and
  • Identify warning signs.

Usually, leading indicators are safety metrics of what is put into the safety program, such as

  • safety training,
  • safety meetings,
  • created policies/procedures, or
  • issue management.
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How to Monitor Aviation SMS' Safety Culture Performance

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 18, 2019 5:57:00 AM

Why Monitor Aviation Safety Culture Performance

Healthy aviation safety culture results in safety performance.

Other than the bureaucratic elements of SMS, you could even make an argument that safety culture is safety performance. In aviation safety management systems (SMS), there is a requirement for safety performance monitoring and measurement.

How do you measure safety culture performance?

How do you determine safety culture performance is improving?

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5 Simple Ways to Motivate Employees in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 14, 2019 6:05:00 AM

Employee Resistance in Aviation SMS Implementations

The majority of aviation service providers are required to implement formal aviation safety management systems (SMS) per the November 2006 ICAO mandate. This is a requirement. SMS implementation is not optional for most operators.

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