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How to Switch Your SMS Program

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 27, 2017 5:59:00 AM

What Does It Mean to “Switch” SMS Program

If you’re reading this, it means you are considering or curious about what it takes to switch your safety management system. But, what are we talking about when we say “switch” your SMS program. There are a couple of possible scenarios that you should consider:

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How to Create Aviation SMS Implementation Plan

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 25, 2017 5:16:00 AM

What you Need to Know about Aviation SMS Implementation Plans

If you are reading this, chances are you have just begun implementing your aviation SMS program. Or, you would like to see how your implementation plan stacks up against the suggested process for creating an implementation plan.

Either way, the important things you need to know about aviation implementation plans are that they:

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Overview of 4 Phases of Aviation SMS Implementation

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 21, 2017 5:47:00 AM

How Long Does Aviation SMS Implementation Take?

Creating the 4 Phases of aviation SMS implementation is one of the great contributions that ICAO has made to the quality development of safety management systems. The 4 Phases of implementation provide a framework and road map service providers can follow to build a high-functioning safety program.

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10 Tasks for Getting SMS Program Started (And In This Order)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 14, 2017 5:44:00 AM

Most Important Items for Getting SMS Program Started

Getting an SMS program started from ground zero may be confusing and difficult. There so much to do.

There SO much guidance (too much guidance perhaps). It’s no wonder new safety managers feel like they are drowning when a safety program gets dropped in their lap.

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How to Implement a Sustainable SMS Program (With Free Resources)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 19, 2017 6:10:00 AM

Characteristics of a Sustainable SMS Program

Sustainability is a modern buzz word, and aviation safety management systems are no exception. Sustainable SMS programs are those that survive upper management changes, safety manager changes, and high volume of employee turnover.

The question every safety manager and/or upper manager needs to ask is, does my SMS program achieve these sustainable goals?

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43 Benefits of Aviation Safety Management Systems (Proven)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 28, 2017 6:11:00 AM

Safety Benefits of Aviation Safety Management Systems

The most obvious benefits of implementing an aviation safety management system are the marked improvements in safety. Just to give you an idea of exactly how successful aviation SMS programs have been, the only statistic you need to know is that 20 years ago there were four times as many workplace accidents as last year.

It’s difficult to get data on total workplace incidents, but I am sure that the statistic for workplace incidents last year vs. 20 years ago is even more dramatic.

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Approaches to Aviation SMS Implementation – Free Implementation Plan Checklist

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Successful Aviation SMS Implementation Through Self-Reflection

The process of aviation SMS implementation in airports, airlines, and other aviation service providers is largely a process of understanding where many parts of your aviation safety program are, and what is needed to successfully reach the next step in your plan.

That sounds nice and easy on paper, but actual realities are quite a bit more complex.

The fact is that self-reflection in aviation safety programs is a difficult activity. This is mainly due to the reasons below, all of which highlight the fact that implementation in aviation SMS is always a study in relativity.

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The 13th Aviation SMS Human Factor -- Adopting Risk Attitude

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Risk Attitude is the Informal 13th Human Factor

When analyzing the types of actions and behavior to address during implementation, you have to consider the risk management attitudes of individuals, groups (e.g., departments), managers, and the organization as a whole.

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How to Evaluate Risk to Aviation Safety Management Programs

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

Aviation SMS Implementations Have Risk!

Imagine you are the pilot recently assigned the "extra" task of being the safety manager of an existing aviation safety management system (SMS).

Or perhaps you are the safety manager who has worked hard for years and your SMS program is running very smoothly. Now what?

Every aviation SMS project has risk, just as any other project at your airline or airport.

When safety managers identify risk early, there is a higher chance that the aviation SMS implementation will succeed.

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Why Flight Schools Should Have Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Benefits of Aviation SMS for Flight Schools

Flight schools operate in considerable risk every day.

Students are inexperienced, usually younger, and are new to technology and hazards of flying.

Moreover, the pressure that students undergoing flight training feel to perform well naturally makes them less prepared to identify hazards early on.

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