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3 Reasons Why Aviation Safety Culture Leads Directly To Safety Performance

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 17, 2017 6:06:00 AM

What is Aviation Safety Culture

By definition, aviation safety culture is an organization’s commitment to safety. I tend to find this definition limiting. A better way to understand safety culture is the means of realizing safety success, in which commitment is just one part.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

4 Pillars | What Safety Assurance Really Means in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 13, 2017 5:59:00 AM

Definition of Aviation SMS Safety Assurance

Safety assurance is the 3rd component in the aviation SMS 4 pillars. Long story short, safety assurance is defined by monitoring the safety management system. Such monitoring comes in many important forms, some of which are rather obvious and some of which are often overlooked.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, Quality-Safety Management

How to Improve Confidence in Aviation Safety Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 9, 2017 5:55:00 AM

What is Confidence in Aviation Safety Programs?

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

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Do You Trust Your Aviation Safety Manager?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 26, 2017 5:17:00 AM

Why You Maybe Shouldn't Trust Your Aviation Safety Manager

You depend on your safety manager to monitor and improve safety in your aviation SMS program. You trust them to act in your best interest – to do the right thing for you.  

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What are Leading Indicators in Aviation SMS Programs?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 24, 2017 6:03:00 AM

What Are Leading Indicators in Safety Programs?

Leading indicators in aviation SMS programs are:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

5 Most Important Ways to Integrate Aviation SMS and QMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 19, 2017 5:58:00 AM

Why Integrate Aviation SMS and QMS

Historically, quality management systems and safety management systems have been managed separately.

Indeed, many organizations still manage their organizations with separate concerns for quality operations and safety operations. This is an important mistake.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What is a Gap Analysis in Aviation SMS Programs?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 17, 2017 6:05:00 AM

What is a Gap Analysis Used For

Both new and experienced aviation safety professionals sometimes have to ask themselves, what is a gap analysis and why am I using it?

The first thing anyone needs to understand about a gap analysis is that it is a process. This process is used by aviation service providers to determine:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Restructure an Aviation SMS Program: 4 Steps to Prepare

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 9, 2017 5:58:00 AM

What Does It Mean To Restructure an Aviation SMS Program

Occasionally aviation safety mangers will want to do a turn and pivot with the direction of their aviation SMS program. What this looks like is restructuring.

When safety managers decide to restructure an aviation SMS program it means changing and updating the bureaucratic structure of the SMS.

Usually the decision to restructure is made in an effort to:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What Is Most Important Question For Safety Performance Monitoring?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 15, 2016 6:01:00 AM

Regulations for Monitoring SMS Effectiveness Are Vague

Effective monitoring of aviation safety management systems (SMS) by regulators and service providers is critical to the protection of:

  • Passengers;
  • Equipment;
  • Environment; and 
  • Reputation of the aviation industry.

Civil aviation authorities (CAA) are required to provide oversight to ensure implementation of aviation SMS programs is performed properly and not merely an exercise to "check the box." Your CAA requires that you monitor the progress and continuous improvement of your aviation SMS program.

Regulations are never specific as to how you are supposed to conduct such monitoring. This has both advantages and disadvantages.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Use Trending Charts in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 14, 2016 6:02:00 AM

Using Trending Charts in Aviation SMS Programs

There are several times each year when managers are interested in trending charts coming from their aviation safety management systems (SMS). These times include during:

Trending is perhaps among the most difficult tasks for safety managers when they don't have automated tools and databases to capture hazard reports and to classify these reported issues.

Let's assume you have data. Which questions should you be asking to generate your trending charts?

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

 

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