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How Optimized Record Keeping Benefits Top Managers in Aviation

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 16, 2018 4:43:00 AM

What are Problems with Traditional Record Keeping

Tracking employees document and records is one of the most important documentation tasks aviation service providers have. This is especially true in the case of pilots, where poor record keeping can result in regulatory fines.

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20 Benefits of Optimized Pilot Records Management for SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 14, 2018 5:33:00 AM

What is Optimized Pilot Records Management

Aviation service providers are well aware importance of tracking pilots’ record and documents.

At any given time, an aviation service provider may have dozens of records that require action. Especially when these records are being documented in something like an Excel spreadsheet.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

Best Practices for Documenting Your SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 5, 2018 5:56:00 AM

What Does Documenting Your SMS Mean

SMS documentation is probably the most critical component of aviation SMS design. Documentation must be clear, accurate, and easy to access. Documentation reflects SMS compliance and SMS performance.

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5 Easy Ways to Combine QMS and SMS in Aviation Operations

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 19, 2018 6:31:00 AM

Why Quality Management Is So Important for Safety

Quality management systems (QMS) are the big brother of safety management systems (SMS).  They are often depicted as having conflicting interests.

Unfortunately, this is true in many organizations because the bottom line (money) is pushed more than safety.

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Life Cycle of Hazard and Risk Occurrence in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 21, 2018 5:34:00 AM

What is Life Cycle of Hazard and Risk Occurrence?

The life cycle of hazard and risk occurrence is entirety of an adverse event that happens in your company.

This life cycle has distinct stages that you can identify in any given event.

To put it in James Reason Swiss Cheese Model terms, hazard/risk occurrence life cycle is the holes, the cheese, the mice, and everything in between.

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7 Charts to Monitor Employee Safety Performance in SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 19, 2018 5:17:00 AM

What is Employee Safety Performance?

Roughly four out of every five aviation safety programs struggle with employee involvement. In many ways, the struggle is linked to the economics of SMS.

“Economics of SMS” is a simply another way of saying that incentives play a crucial role in employee safety performance.

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What is Safety Culture in Aviation Risk Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 13, 2017 6:01:00 AM

Definition of Safety Culture in Aviation Risk Management

Safety culture in aviation SMS is usually defined as being the safety attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and values of employees in an organization. Unfortunately, such a high-level, conceptual understanding of what safety culture is does not help address safety culture in your organization. 

A better way to approach the question, what is safety culture, is to break it into multiple definitions based on how it works in safety management. 

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

5 Components of Safety Culture in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 29, 2017 6:03:00 AM

What Is Safety Culture in Aviation SMS

There are many possible definitions of safety culture in aviation SMS programs. Generic definitions focus on:

  • Attitudes;
  • Behaviors; and
  • Values. 

While these points certainly are a core part of safety culture, they are also unhelpfully vague. What is more helpful is: what does safety culture look like in the operational environment

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5 Ways to Stop Repeat Safety Incidents

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 15, 2017 6:02:00 AM

Why Repeat Safety Incidents Are a Big Concern

Repeat safety incidents are extremely indicative of management’s safety performance in mitigating safety concerns.

Having repeat safety incidents is clear evidence that management is “missing” or “overlooking” something when they are correcting reported safety concerns. This is bad for safety performance, and it’s bad for audit performance.

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How to Improve Safety Culture in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 8, 2017 5:41:00 AM

What is Safety Culture

“Safety culture” is an ambiguous phrase that gets thrown around a lot.

Sometimes we use it when we talk about poor safety awareness.

Sometimes we use it when we talk about corporate culture or lack of upper management support.

Sometimes we use it to refer to resistance to the safety program.

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