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Breaking Down Aviation Safety Management System Parts

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 12, 2018 5:15:00 AM

What is a Management System

The idea of a safety management system (SMS) is something those of us in the aviation risk management industry use as if an SMS were one solid “thing.” But a safety management system is actually made up of multiple ideas, packages into a single, functioning effort for better aviation safety.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management, 1-Safety Policy

How to Show Effectiveness of Your Aviation Safety Management System

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 5, 2018 6:05:00 AM

Who Are You Showing Effectiveness of SMS To

Proving the effectiveness of your aviation safety management system comes in several flavors. Who are you proving the effectiveness to? You might be showing your SMS effectiveness at managing safety to:

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management, 3-Safety Assurance

What is Change Management in Your Aviation SMS?

Posted by Mario Pierobon on Oct 5, 2018 5:25:00 AM

What Is Change Management?

In the aviation industry, it’s important to manage change effectively. Change can be organizational, procedural, or technological.

Change occurs any time an established practice is altered.

Change can seem small, like changing suppliers. Or it could be a large change, like adding a new type of airplane to your feet.

When you plan for changes before they happen, you can take measures to proactively manage risk as well. Managing risk is a fundamental part of managing change.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

Distinguishing Between Responsibility, Authority, and Accountability in Your Aviation SMS

Posted by Nichole Kruger on Sep 25, 2018 5:12:00 AM

What is Responsibility?

Responsibility n. the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. (Oxford Dictionary)

Most of us learned about responsibility as children. Our parents gave us responsibilities like walking the dog or loading the dishwasher. As adults, we’re responsible for paying our bills, finishing our tasks at work, and doing the laundry.

Within your aviation SMS, everyone has some measure of responsibility. At the very least, every employee has a responsibility to report unsafe conditions and to work safely as possible.

Responsibility is a broad term encompassing anything you’re expected to do.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

Best Practices for Categorizing Your Data in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 27, 2018 5:37:00 AM

What are Classifications in Aviation Risk Management

In SMS, it’s extremely useful to organize reported issues by classifying them with classifications.

A classification is a simply a unit of organization. By “unit of organization,” we are talking about a short phrase that describes the safety issue in one way. This issue can be described in terms of:

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

Good Safety Practices for Maintenance Departments and MROs in Aviation SMS

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Aug 24, 2018 4:29:00 AM

4 Aviation Safety Management Practices to Apply in Aviation Maintenance

In aviation maintenance, as in all other aspects of the aviation sector, safety is paramount. 4 safety management practices which can be applied to make any maintenance operation safer are:

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

How Safety Management and Quality Assurance Work in Management Systems

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 18, 2018 5:28:00 AM

What is a Management System

This article is originally inspired by a rather insightful video discussing the interplay between safety management and quality assurance.

A management system is a set of processes used to manage “findings” during operations.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

How to Practice Due Diligence in Aviation Safety

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 2, 2018 4:15:00 AM

What Does it Mean to Practice Due Diligence

There are two general aspects of safety management systems that encompass due diligence of the entire SMS: SMS design and actual safety operations.

Practicing due diligence means ensuring that the design closely matches reality.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

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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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

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

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