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FAA Part 5 Compliance: Safety Promotion (The "Overlooked Pillar")

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 16, 2017 5:48:00 AM

Disconnect in FAA Importance Stressed on Safety Promotion

A few elements of the Safety Promotion requirements need to be discussed before we jump in.

The Safety Risk Management and Safety Assurance pillars of SMS receive by far the most attention by aviation service providers and aviation oversight agencies. Lagging far behind them is Safety Policy.

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Topics: FAA Compliance

Overview of FAA Part 5 Requirements

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 9, 2017 5:41:00 AM

FAA Part 5 Built Around 4 Pillars of SMS

Federal Aviation Administration Part 5 requirements are modeled after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). They set the standard upon which many oversight agencies around the globe model their own standards. In general, Part 5 requirements are specific enough to provide direction, but flexible enough to allow aviation SMS programs and airline SMS programs the ability to adapt to those requirements.  

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Topics: FAA Compliance

FAA Part 5 Compliance | Safety Assurance Analysis of Data Component

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 19, 2017 5:55:00 AM

Safety Assurance Analysis of Data Overview

Analysis of Data is the third component in the FAA’s Part 5 Safety Assurance requirements. It is a natural response to the Data Acquisition process. Data analysis is a process. This means two things for you:

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Topics: FAA Compliance

FAA Part 5 Compliance | Safety Assurance Safety Performance Assessment

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 12, 2017 5:47:00 AM

Purpose of Safety Performance Assessment in Safety Assurance Pillar

Safety performance assessment in FAA Part 5 compliance requirements plays a critical role in bridging the game between higher-level risk management process activities and day to day aviation SMS activities. More practically speaking, this component of safety assurance helps bridge the gap between the everyday hazard mitigation efforts, and large scale decision making and accountability for the overall direction of the safety management system.

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Topics: FAA Compliance

FAA Part 5 Compliance | Safety Assurance Performance Monitoring and Data Acquisition Components

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 5, 2017 6:04:00 AM

What is Safety Assurance for FAA

Safety Assurance is designed to ensure that airport SMS programs, airline SMS programs, and aviation service providers practice their safety program effectively. It is one of the Four Pillars of SMS. Safety assurance practices have strong overlaps with quality management. As aviation SMS programs are implemented, the Safety Assurance pillar will continually become more important.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, FAA Compliance

FAA Part 5 Compliance | Safety Assurance Continuous Improvement

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 22, 2017 10:15:11 AM

Purpose of Continuous Improvement in Safety Assurance Pillar

Continuous Improvement in FAA Part 5 compliance (Part 5.75) is simply a requirement for correcting “deficiencies identified in the assessments conducted under [the Safety Performance Assessment] process.” (Part 5.75 documentation)

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Topics: FAA Compliance

FAA Part 5 Compliance | Safety Risk Management Risk Control Component

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 12, 2017 5:47:00 AM

FAA’s SRM Risk Control Component – Defining Risk


The FAA’s SRM Risk Control component is the 5th and final element in the Safety Risk Management process.

The Risk Control component is the phase in which you will bring hazards and hazards’ risks into an acceptable level of safety.

Creating effective risk controls is essential – messing up here means you wasted the analysis and assessment efforts done in previous phases.

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Topics: FAA Compliance

FAA Part 5 Compliance | Safety Risk Management Risk Assessment Element

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

FAA’s SRM Risk Assessment Element

The FAA’s SRM Risk Assessment element is the 4th component in the Safety Risk Management Process. This process is outlined in the Advisory Circular and is based on the 4 Pillars of SMS.

The FAA's SRM Risk Assessment will naturally result from the SRM Risk Analysis component. Once a thorough risk analysis has been performed, responsible managers should have a good idea of the chances of a risk occurring, as well as potential damages/injuries.

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Topics: Risk Management Software, FAA Compliance

FAA Part 5 Compliance | Safety Risk Management Risk Analysis Requirement

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 29, 2017 5:48:00 AM

FAA’s Safety Risk Management (SRM) Process for Risk Analysis

Thankfully, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) SRM compliance requirement for Risk Analysis is fairly clear.

The "Risk Analysis" component description in the Advisory Circular provides most of the information you need to fulfill the requirement.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, FAA Compliance

What are Stages of Safety Events as Defined by FAA

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 27, 2017 5:51:00 AM

Stages of Safety Events with FAA vs. Others

Different oversight agencies in different countries/regions define hazards, risk, and the stages of safety events differently. Make no mistake, it’s extremely important how these things are defined and conceptualized. It will determine how you practice risk management and safety assurance activities.

If your definitions don’t quite align with your oversight agency’s definitions, a keen auditor will notice. The implications are:

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Topics: FAA Compliance

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