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3 Tips to Encourage Participation in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Most Aviation SMS Suffer from Employee Apathy

Have you been tasked to implement your aviation safety management program (SMS) at your company?

Or perhaps you have inherited a "paper SMS"  or one that is dysfunctional?

One of the most common challenges safety managers face is to secure buy-in from all employees to support the SMS both during

  • the planning and implementation phases; and
  • mature safety assurance phases.
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

3 Tips to Discover Resistance to Aviation SMS - with Checklists

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 28, 2019 6:09:00 AM

Troubleshooting the Aviation SMS Implementation

Fact: In most countries, aviation service providers must implement formal aviation safety management systems (SMS).

Fact: Most aviation safety managers tasked to implement SMS programs have primary duties outside the safety program. Their day jobs may be as pilots, airfield maintenance engineers, etc.

Fact: Most safety managers are lower in the organizational chart than department heads accustomed to doing business "the way we've always done it."

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

Is Your Aviation SMS Implementation a Farce? - with Self-Assessments

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 20, 2019 1:44:00 PM

The Brutal Truth about Your Aviation SMS Implementation

If you cannot handle emotional pain or controversy today, please don't read this. I certainly don't mean to offend, but I have to say this:

Most aviation service providers are lying regarding their aviation SMS implementations.

What? We just spent tens of thousand dollars on aviation safety management system (SMS) implementation consultants and we don't have an SMS implementation?

Accountable executives and safety managers need to sit down and ask some very blunt and possibly painful questions:

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

5 Habits of Highly Effective Aviation Safety Managers

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 11, 2019 7:11:44 PM

Creating a System of Organization

Even smaller aviation SMSs are still a leviathan of policies, procedures, documents, reports, and so on. A disorganized aviation safety manager will slowly kill an aviation SMS every time.

Symptoms will arise, such as:

  • Issue management will fall through the cracks
  • Corrective preventive actions will not be tracked properly
  • Safety audits will be late, messy and stressful, and fail
  • SMS implementation activities will always be behind schedule
  • Safety meetings will not be documented or scheduled properly
  • It will appear to the employees that the safety manager just doesn’t quite “have it together”
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

Best Tip for Safety Assurance Monitoring in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 10, 2019 12:36:00 PM

Safety Assurance Monitoring Activities - Third ICAO SMS Pillar

Most safety managers immediately recognize ICAO's four pillars:

An interesting aside is that many Americans believe these four pillars were FAA's idea. Does your eyebrow raise at our arrogance or ignorance?

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

How Safety Managers Increase Their Power in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 1, 2019 4:13:29 PM

Effective Use of Power in Aviation SMS

Aviation safety managers around the world are charged with implementing required aviation safety management systems (SMS). SMS implementations affect entire organizations and not simply a single department, such as:

  • Flight ops;
  • Ground ops; or
  • Maintenance.

Everyone at your organization must be on-board the SMS train, otherwise, you will continue to receive findings whenever the SMS auditor visits your organization.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

How to Incorporate Fatigue Risk Management into Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 26, 2018 4:21:00 AM

What is Fatigue Risk Management

Fatigue is one of the most import factors in overall operational safety. It’s so important that most aviation safety management systems adopt additional and specific measures to combat fatigue. Fatigue risk management includes:

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Evaluate Risk Controls and Risk to Aviation SMS Implementations

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 18, 2018 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 is running very smoothly. Now what?

Every aviation SMS implementation has a risk, just as any other project at your company.

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

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

Your Top 4 Risks to Aviation Safety Management System Implementations

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 11, 2018 1:10:00 PM

What Is an Aviation Safety Management System

Aviation safety management systems are formal, structured methodologies for managing aviation safety programs. ICAO mandated that most aviation service providers implement SMS programs in 2006.

There are guidelines as to aviation SMS requirements that most SMS professionals are familiar with, notably Document 9859. Doc 9859 nicely outlines what is an SMS program and breaks out the requirements into pillars, most commonly called the four pillars.

If you are reading this, you probably already have started your SMS implementation or are in the planning and research phase. Here we discuss common risks to aviation SMS implementations that EVERY safety manager should be aware of.

We will also offer a few risk mitigation and recovery measures should these risks manifest themselves at your airline or airport.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

How to Start an Aviation SMS Implementation - With Resources

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The Frustration of Monumental Tasks of SMS Implementation

Many aviation safety managers happen upon the task of "safety manager" by chance. The previous safety manager may have:

  • Quit the company;
  • Been promoted to another position; or
  • Been replaced due to poor performance.

Regardless, new safety managers have a very tough task. Most aviation service providers only have the budget for one safety manager; therefore, when one suddenly leaves the company, a huge vacuum exists.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

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