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What Is an Aviation Risk Management System?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 1, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Hazard Reporting Is Only the Beginning of Risk Management

Reporting hazards, incidents or accidents grabs considerable attention in every aviation safety and risk management system. Without reported data, safety managers would be unable to continuously improve systems' processes, which is a requirement in modern aviation safety management systems (SMS).

Before an "issue of concern" moves through the safety risk management process, the safety issue must be brought to the attention of a responsible manager, commonly called the safety manager or safety officer. Employees or other stakeholders identify potential hazards that may adversely affect operations. In response, these users report the safety concern proactively using the SMS' safety reporting system.

Alternatively, employees may submit an "issue of concern" reactively into the SMS' safety reporting system in response to:

  • accidents;
  • incidents;
  • irregularities and close calls.
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Understanding "Root Cause Analysis" Charts in Aviation SMS Dashboards

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 23, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Importance Monitoring Root Causes in Aviation SMS

Monitoring the performance of aviation safety management systems (SMS) is a common activity for safety managers and upper management alike. Furthermore, in every SMS, the accountable executive is responsible for directing actions to correct substandard safety performance whenever it is detected.

How is substandard safety performance detected in your organization?

How does management know which operational areas required additional risk mitigation measures?

Safety performance monitoring dashboards have become the most efficient manner for the accountable executive to regularly review organizational safety performance. Dashboard charts allow management to quickly review SMS performance and make operational adjustments as necessary by using real time data from the SMS database.

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SMS Chart: Monitor Aviation SMS Safety Performance by Department

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 22, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Importance of SMS Performance Monitoring Dashboards

Aviation safety charts gather and present aviation safety management systems (SMS) information to stakeholders. Stakeholders can then use this information to make decisions and possibly change behaviors.

One of the most popular, time-efficient ways to monitor SMS performance is by using a safety performance dashboard that is tied directly into an SMS database. The SMS database allows management to participate in fact-based decision making processes in real time.

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How Does Aviation Safety Software Improve Safety? - Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 5, 2019 2:37:58 PM

Aviation Safety Software Prioritizes Safety

Most of us have experienced the following: sitting on the runway for over an hour wondering why the plane isn’t moving. The pilot has already apologized and given the “reason” for the delay: the daunting and nebulous “technical difficulties.”

For passengers, this type of situation is frustrating at best, and at worst unnerving, even scary.

Yet even when sitting on the tarmac, frustrated and confused, passengers should take comfort in the fact that the aviation industry takes countless precautions to keep passengers safe.

The fact is that above all else, our top priority is safety and safety managers have an excellent opportunity to not only contribute to safety, and SMS requirements, but also to the financial bottom line.

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What Is Missing Most in Aviation Safety Reporting Systems?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 25, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Safety Reporting Essential to Aviation Risk Management

Timely reporting of hazards, incidents or accidents is seen as an essential activity of aviation safety and risk management. I can safely say that without reported hazards or safety issues, there will be:

  • little operational improvement and a
  • needless waste of resources.

Without an effective hazard/safety reporting culture, there is no way that any aviation service provider can demonstrate continuous improvement to their aviation safety management system (SMS).

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How to Monitor Safety Concerns in Real Time in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 21, 2018 6:05:00 AM

Why This Aviation Safety Chart Is Important

Having "real time" safety charts saves aviation safety managers, executives, and employees a lot of work and keeps them informed of the latest hazard and risks affecting aviation-centric operations.

Having access to real-time safety charts allows management to monitor your SMS program at a glance, rather than having to navigate through your software or aviation safety database to find desired information. Over longer periods of time, this saved time and energy adds up to substantial sums, especially when you consider:

  • Potential losses avoided;
  • Time generating reports;
  • Time validating report information; and 
  • Time spent communicating information to stakeholders.
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Safety Chart: Learning Who Is (or Isn't) Involved in Your Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 4, 2018 5:55:00 AM

Knowing Who Is Involved in Your Aviation SMS

For every aviation safety management system (SMS), the accountable executive must ensure the SMS is properly implemented and performing in all areas of the organization. To achieve this end, safety management teams work to ensure that all personnel participate in the aviation SMS.

Wishes and reality are two different ideas. The reality is that most employees care about the SMS about as much as the company's traditional safety program.

You may remember the traditional safety program where

  • management had no accountability; 
  • employees were not afforded management protections against self-reporting; and
  • little information passed between management regarding hazards and the efficacy of risk controls.

Yet unlike traditional safety programs, modern aviation SMS requires involvement from both management and employees. Did you catch this? All employees are expected to participate in the SMS, including management. This means:

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How to Manage Aviation SMS without Complex Databases

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 24, 2018 5:50:00 AM

Are Aviation SMS Software Programs Necessary?

Most aviation companies are profit driven. Aviation service providers attempt to provide safe services while providing a return on investment.

Many upper-level managers at smaller companies believe that safety managers don't need modern aviation safety management databases to manage aviation safety management systems (SMS) documentation requirements.

They may be right. Not every company should buy these SMS tools.

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How to Find Free Aviation Safety Management Tools

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Managers Need SMS Management Tools

Safety managers are resourceful professionals. Their respective companies demand that they provide results on extremely limited budgets. Many times a safety manager is appointed without adequate training. In these cases, safety managers are kicked into the deep end of the swimming pool.

Sink or swim, safety manager.

Most often, the accountable executive doesn't understand all the documentation requirements in an aviation safety management system (SMS). Top management seldom gets into the weeds. It is up to safety managers to educate accountable executives what is required in the SMS unless they have been fortunate enough to have taken SMS training for executives.

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How Spreadsheets Not EASA Compliant Aviation Safety Reporting Database

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Reporting Database Required - Spreadsheets Equal Noncompliance

Empirical evidence and results from historical aviation accident investigations have shown that accidents are often preceded by safety-related incidents that reveal the presence of untreated hazards.

These "leading indicators" are commonly known to employees and are usually not formally reported in an aviation safety management system (SMS) database.

Leading indicators can take one of several forms:

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