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What Are Main Components of Aviation SMS Program For All Service Providers?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM

"SMS" Is Common Term in Aviation Industry

Unless you have been living under a rock since 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).

Since 2006, the Canadians and Australians have been truly embracing aviation SMS programs. These two countries' civil aviation authorities have consistently delivered the best guidance and oversight to assist a major transformation in how aviation service providers do business.

Since aviation safety management systems apply to small operators as well as larger operators, what are the main components of SMS programs?

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How Your Aviation Safety Products May Offer False Sense of Security

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 22, 2016 6:29:00 AM

Aviation Safety Products and Processes Don't Guarantee Success

Regardless of the size or complexity or your organization, every aviation service provider recognizes that risk exists in the operation due to the nature of the industry and ever-changing environment. There are no aviation safety products or processes that will totally insulate you from risk.

Every intelligent person recognizes that an aviation safety management system (SMS) will not ensure that you will be more successful. You may still experience loss. This loss may be:

  • Lost revenue from damaged equipment;
  • Loss of life;
  • Loss of employee productivity from employee injury; or
  • Loss of business due to damaged reputation.

Are you the type of operator that counts your losses as part of doing business?

Do you have time-tested processes that assure successful operations? Or perhaps you are counting on a combination of factors, such as your "time-tested processes" and an SMS manual or safety database to insulate yourself from regulatory scrutiny?

Over the past nine years, I have seen a problem regarding the adoption of aviation safety products that were designed to increase success.

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How to Know If Your Aviation Safety Management Program Is Efficient

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 8, 2016 6:10:00 AM

Look at Data to Know if Aviation SMS Management is Efficient

Every person in a company should be concerned if their aviation SMS management is efficient.

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

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Safety Chart: Monitor Aviation SMS Contributing Factors

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 2, 2016 5:54:00 AM

The Importance of This Risk Management Chart

This week we will take a look at the Top 5 Contributing Factors chart, which shows us the top 5 aviation SMS contributing factors that are associated with submitted safety issues.

Unless you have an easy way to identify causal factors during investigations, charts such as these are beyond your reach.

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8 Aviation Leading Indicators That Successful SMS Programs Measure

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 27, 2016 6:23:00 AM

Why Successful SMS Programs Live By Aviation Leading Indicators

Aviation leading indicators are aviation safety data put to best use. They are designed to identify precursors to good/bad safety performance and uncover what goes into the program that dictates success or failure.

Successful aviation SMS programs are primarily concerned with stopping risks before they happen, which is why they depend so much on leading indicators.

Leading indicators in aviation become useful to safety programs when:

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What is an Aviation Safety Database

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 25, 2016 5:55:00 AM

Aviation Safety Database Saves Considerable Resources

An aviation safety database is not simply an improvement over spreadsheets. It completely overhauls the way you interact with safety information.

While safety databases have a price tag associated with them, the fact is that they save companies many valuable resources in both the short term and long term. These resources include:

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6 Types of Safety Culture in Aviation Safety Management System

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 24, 2016 6:06:00 AM

Relationship Between Aviation Safety Management Systems and Safety Culture

I have recently seen a great rise in the interest and emphasis placed on safety culture in aviation safety management systems (SMS).

Until the last number of years, safety culture has been treated like an appendage or “bonus” to having a solid aviation SMS program. Now however, I see safety culture starting to pop up all over the place.

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How Policies and Procedures Affect Safety Assurance

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Oct 21, 2016 6:07:00 AM

Aviation SMS Programs Positively Influence Safety Assurance

Our global economy relies heavily on aviation safety assurance.

Aviation is responsible for transporting goods and people all over the world. It is also responsible for employing millions of people in all corners of our globe. Without it, our global economy would come to a halt.

Aviation has an important duty to help keep people safe. Over the years, the aviation industry has developed aviation safety management systems (SMS) to ensure that aviation remains a safe mode of transportation. Aviation safety assurance has gained the loyalty and trust of billions of people from all over the world.

To ensure safety, aviation has implemented safety management practices to keep the public safe.

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How to Find Underlying Causes in Your Aviation Safety Management System

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 20, 2016 5:19:00 AM

What Aviation Safety Management System Underlying Causes Are

Aviation safety management system (SMS) underlying causes are the bridge between reactive and proactive risk management.

Underlying causes are the “input” for safety issues because they reinforce the actions and behaviors that cause incidents to happen.

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Safety Chart: Who’s Reporting Issues in Your Aviation Safety Management System?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 12, 2016 5:02:00 AM

Why Knowing Who is Reporting Is Important

Knowing who is reporting issues ensure that you keep tabs on who is involved in your aviation safety management system.

When we say “who” we are not looking so much at individual employees.

We are looking more generally at whether or not user roles are performing their function in your safety program.

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