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How to Best Monitor Fatigue in Your Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 24, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Why Fatigue Monitoring Matters

Fatigue is the sixth of the Dirty Dozen Human Factors.

Fatigue has traditionally received a lot of attention for flight crew due to the dramatic effects of the different types of fatigue have on pilot and cabin crew performance.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What is Management of Change in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 23, 2018 5:48:00 AM

What is Management of Change in Aviation SMS

Management of change in aviation SMS is a formal process for facilitating changes in safety programs. In general, the change management process is evoked when larger, system level changes are needed in the SMS.

Small changes are handled with corrective actions.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, 3-Safety Assurance

4 Ways to Mitigate Risk in Aviation Safety Management Systems

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 18, 2018 5:52:00 AM

What Does It Mean to Mitigate Risk?

The term “mitigate risk” and “risk mitigation” is slightly misleading. This is because the meaning of the term “risk” changes depending on the context in which it is used.

Confusion also exists because different safety experts have different understandings of what “risk” means.

Risk can mean:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Distinguish Hazard vs Risk Occurrence

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 12, 2018 5:57:00 AM

Why Identifying Difference Between Hazards and Risks Matters

One of biggest problems in aviation risk management is the misuse or misunderstanding of aviation risk management definitions and concepts. The most common mistakes happen when it comes to the idea of a hazard vs risk.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Identify Hazards in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 11, 2018 6:30:00 AM

What is a Hazard

Hazards are central to the entire process of developing safe operational environments.

A hazard fulfills the following:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What is Risk vs Risk Occurrence in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 2, 2018 6:02:00 AM

Definition of Risk

Risk vs Risk Occurrence in Aviation SMSRisk, in its general form, is what is most often cited when discussing the definition of risk, and the idea of risk.

Risk in general is:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How Your Aviation Safety Program Preserves Freedom to Fly

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Mar 16, 2018 5:31:00 AM

How Aviation Safety Program Becomes Global Standard

The human spirit is a restless one, always seeking to push the boundaries of possibility.

Since the Wright brothers first successful flight occurred only in 1903, aviation is relatively new to humankind. The nature of flight challenges people to come up with better ways to deal with risk.

The global standard, SMS, supports the aviation industry through

  • good organization,
  • safety assurance and
  • collaboration.

Essentially, SMS seeks to preserve and promote the freedom to fly.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What is Risk Mitigation in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 14, 2018 6:08:00 AM

Definition of Risk and Risk Occurrence

The concept of risk changes depending on which context you use it. This is not comfortable for many safety managers who insist that risk is simply one thing.

It’s important that safety professionals keep an open mind to variations in how different safety terms are used.

Awareness of variation improves communication and understanding of the risk management process.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

6 Charts to Monitor Safety Manager Performance in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 12, 2018 6:12:00 AM

What is Safety Manager Performance?

Safety manager performance is the ability of safety managers to drive performance in aviation SMS. “Drive performance” can mean either:

  • Active improvement in different areas of the SMS;
  • Active sustaining of quality performance; and
  • Active mitigation of safety issues.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

10 Most Important Hazard Reporting Forms Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 28, 2018 5:59:00 AM

How to Use Hazard Reporting Forms

It’s hard to underestimate the value that high-quality hazard reporting forms provide your aviation SMS.

Hazard reporting quite literally provides the underpinning for your risk management activities. No hazard reports...nothing for you to manage.

Hazard reporting forms provide incentive, organization, and guidance for employees when they detect irregularities in the operational environment. Having specific questions for specific types of issues makes reporting easier and faster than having vague or general questions.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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