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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 a 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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Is Your Aviation SMS Implementation a Farce?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 3, 2016 11:45:59 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 airlines and airports are lying regarding their aviation SMS implementations.

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

Airline and airport safety managers need to sit down and ask some very blunt and possibly painful questions:

  • Is our aviation SMS program sustainable?
  • Are we merely checking the boxes? (pencil whipping)
  • If our safety manager leaves, will our SMS program survive?
  • Do we really have top management support?

Most aviation SMS implementations fail at airlines and airports because of

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Best Tip for Aviation Safety Assurance Monitoring

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 3, 2016 3:22:07 AM

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?

The FAA seldom has an original idea, so I doubt the four pillars came from them. If someone knows where the four pillars originated, please advise. Maybe it was a MITRE SMS concept, as they produce very nice aviation SMS training materials.

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3 Tips to Discover Resistance to Aviation Safety Program - With Checklists

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 1, 2016 6:00:00 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."

Fact: Most safety managers have difficulties learning who is subverting the boss' SMS program, that is, the mandated aviation safety management system.

How do you discover who is subverting your boss' SMS program?

Here are a few tactics that every airline or airport safety manager should be aware of.

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