SMS Pro Aviation Safety Software Blog 4 Airlines & Airports

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?

Read More

Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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.

Read More

Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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.
Read More

Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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?

Read More

Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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.

Read More

Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Restructure Aviation SMS Implementations: 4 Steps to Prepare

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 12, 2019 5:58:00 AM

What Does It Mean To Restructure Aviation SMS Implementations

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

When safety managers decide to restructure an aviation SMS implementation, it means changing and updating the bureaucratic structure of the SMS and possibly some of the SMS' documented risk management processes.

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

  • Improve aviation safety culture;
  • Improve safety performance by streamlining processes;
  • Align SMS documentation to "real-life" risk management processes; and/or
  • Take the safety program to the “next level.”
Read More

Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

4 Unlikely Indicators of Unhealthy Aviation Safety Culture - with Downloads

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The Obvious Reasons

We are generally aware of the more straightforward indicators of unhealthy aviation safety management systems (SMS).

Things like:

  • Low safety reporting numbers
  • Poor safety audit results
  • High accident rates
Read More

Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

4 Best Aviation SMS Gap Analysis Strategies for SMS Implementations

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The Real Purpose of Gap Analysis

A true aviation SMS implementation takes years and a lot of hard work to effect lasting change. SMS implementations can take considerably longer due to:

  • Poor gap analyses;
  • Ineffective procedures;
  • Unstable safety management teams;
  • Resistance from upper management;
  • Poor oversight (internal & external audits); and
  • Mistaken assumptions.
Read More

Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

3 Traits Good Aviation Safety Auditors Share

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Safety Auditors Are a Rare Breed of Personality Traits

Good aviation safety auditors play a vital role in the ability of an aviation safety management system (SMS) to identify

  • substandard safety performance; and
  • ways in which the SMS can improve.
Read More

Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Despite Corruption, IATA Operational Safety Audits Enhance Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jun 4, 2019 5:21:00 AM

Aviation Safety Audits Are Not for Just Airlines

Aviation safety managers must be prepared for a never-ending chain of audits. This is a fact of life, whether you are working at:

  • Airlines;
  • Airports;
  • Ground handling companies;
  • Flight schools; or
  • Aviation maintenance organizations.
Read More

Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Site content provided by Northwest Data Solutions is meant for informational purposes only. Opinions presented here are not provided by any civil aviation authority or standards body.



Benefits of SMS Pro Database

Request live demo to learn about aviation safety management system database software

Best Practices for Aviation SMS


Watch SMS Pro Demo Videos

These two on-demand videos offer:

  • High-level overview of SMS Pro;
  • Hazard Reporting & Risk Management walk-through.
Watch SMS Pro Demo Videos

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts