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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.

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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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How to Optimize Risk Management Processes for Aviation SMS

Posted by Doug Walker on Dec 1, 2018 5:51:00 AM

What Is an SMS Risk Control Process?

A risk control process for an aviation safety management system (SMS) entails a series of risk management tasks that are executed whenever:

  • Hazards are identified;
  • An event has occurred (accident, incident, irregularity); or
  • An audit finding is uncovered (internal as well as external audits).
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How to Earn Top Management Support for Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 27, 2018 6:31:00 AM

Safety Manager Communicates with Upper Management

Aviation safety managers are faced with particular challenges stemming from:

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6 Questions & Downloads for Starting an Aviation SMS Implementation

Posted by Doug Walker on Nov 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Time Passes Quickly in the Aviation Safety Industry

Over a dozen years have passed since the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) required aviation safety management system (SMS) implementation by the following aviation service providers:

  • Aircraft operators;
  • Aircraft maintenance organizations (AMOs or MROs);
  • Air navigation services providers;
  • Helicopter operators;
  • Approved training organizations; and
  • Airport operators (certified aerodromes).

I'm surprised at how many operators still have not started their SMS. If you have just started your SMS, or are contemplating implementing an aviation SMS, there stands a good chance that your company already has some of the required SMS elements.

An SMS implementation consists of the four pillars and a dozen elements. There are considerable SMS documentation requirements. Are you ready?

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What Are Differences of Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) and QMS Programs

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM

What Is an Aviation Safety Management System (SMS)?

An aviation safety management system (SMS) has been repeatedly defined as a formal, systematic approach to managing safety, including necessary

  • organizational structures,
  • accountabilities,
  • policies, and
  • procedures.

Implementing an SMS offers aviation service providers a simple, organized approach to preventing accidents, incidents, and irregularities. But there are more benefits from implementing an SMS. Furthermore, there are other opportunities available as you address SMS regulatory requirements.

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How Aviation Safety Managers Can Deal with Silo Mentality

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Managers Battling Organizational Silos

Effective aviation safety management systems (SMS) are implemented throughout an entire organization, and not merely for flight ops and airside operations.

Unfortunately, there is a major problem with many safety cultures in the aviation industry. Safety is managed at the department level or at the division level of many inefficient aviation companies.

Safety managers today are challenged with implementing an effective SMS, yet have to overcome the "silo mentality."

This article discusses why the silo mentality exists and how safety managers can work to break down silos to enhance the safety culture at their airline or airport.

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Student Perspective: The Most Important Elements of Aviation SMS

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Nov 2, 2018 4:35:00 AM

Good Aviation Safety Management Practices

A Safety Management System (SMS) is a system that is composed of various policies, processes, procedures, and practices adopted and implemented to improve the overall safety of an organization.

Management is responsible for implementing, maintaining and making sure that SMS processes are carried out. I believe a good aviation safety management practice works hand-in-hand with the ethical standards of an organization.

Having good ethical standards helps promote unity among workers, helping them to focus on a common goal, improving communication and reducing ignorance at work place.

It has been statistically proven that most accidents or incident that occurred in an aviation industry was as a result of workers ignorance to rules, cutting corners, and goofing off.

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What Are the 4 Pillars of SMS?

Posted by Doug Walker on Nov 1, 2018 9:56:00 AM

Four Pillars or Components Make a Tough Topic More Digestible

When the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) required a formal safety management system (SMS) implementation by aviation service providers in 2006, they didn't simply pass a ruling. ICAO offered guidance material for SMS implementation in Document 9859, now in the third edition.

All aviation safety management professionals should read Document 9859 at least once. It is surprisingly easy to read.

The best part about this "Safety Management Manual" is that the authors took a very broad and complex topic and broke it down into four components or pillars of an SMS. These four pillars were then broken up into twelve elements.

In this blog article, we'll review the four pillars and most of their elements. We'll also sprinkle in some free downloads, such as templates and checklists to help new safety managers.

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What Is ICAO's Role in Aviation Safety Management Systems?

Posted by Nichole Kruger on Oct 30, 2018 4:39:00 AM

What Is ICAO?

The International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, was founded in 1944. It's a United Nations specialized agency that establishes international standards for civil aviation.

Of the 195 recognized countries in the world today, 192 are ICAO member states. These 192 'contracting states' abide by the Chicago Convention regulations.

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