SMS Pro Aviation Safety Software Blog 4 Airlines & Airports

Aviation Risk Management 101

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 22, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Responsibility for Aviation Risk Management

Aviation risk management is the backbone and general goal of modern aviation safety management systems (SMS).

Developing the maturity of an aviation SMS program is tantamount to cultivating more sophisticated, accurate, and proactive risk management strategies.

Responsibility in aviation risk management is kind of a messy word. Historically and structurally, aviation SMS programs are depicted as being top-down.

The clean answer as far as "who has responsibility for risk management" is that management does.

Read More

Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

3 Things Proactive Aviation Safety Managers Do Every Day

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 15, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Proactive Aviation Safety Managers: Diverse Skills

There are many ways to describe what an aviation safety manager does. They are associated with phrases as “plate spinners,” “wear many hats,” and “task jugglers.” For good reason too.

Aviation safety is a complex beast that requires diverse expertise to properly spearhead.

Among other things, safety managers are responsible for everything from:

Read More

Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Design an Aviation Safety Database for ICAO SMS Programs

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jun 1, 2022 12:19:24 PM

You Probably Need a Safety Database, Right?

I'm guessing if your airline or airport has more than 20 employees you will need a database for many of your SMS requirements.

If you don't have the budget for a database, or if you are one of those talented safety managers with excellent IT skills, then you can build your own safety database.

In this article, we demonstrate how you can design your own safety database within an hour or two.

So let's get started.

Read More

Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What Does "Aviation Risk Management" Really Mean?

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 18, 2022 6:00:00 AM

“Aviation Risk Management” Is a Vague Phrase

It occurred to me recently that the phrase “aviation risk management” gets thrown around in many different contexts, both by myself and anyone else writes about aviation safety management systems (SMS). While “aviation risk management” gives the impression of being a single, solid idea – something to attain for – in reality, it is a phrase that means many different things depending on the context.

It can be as much:

  • A “thing”;
  • As an adjective;
Read More

Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

SMS Chart: Where to Focus Hazard Identification Training & Risk Mitigation

Posted by Christopher Howell on May 4, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Charts Monitor SMS Performance

Aviation safety charts provide aviation safety management teams with an invaluable visual presentation of their aviation safety management system (SMS) performance. Yet it should not be only the safety managers that should be reviewing these safety charts. The accountable executive has much more at stake.

For every SMS implementation, the accountable executive is responsible for

  • Ensuring the SMS implementation is performing across the organization;
  • Regularly reviewing organizational safety performance; and
Read More

Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Hard Truths about Hazard and Safety Reporting in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Apr 20, 2022 6:19:00 AM

Safety Reporting Process Will Make or Break an Aviation SMS

You could also say that lack of hazard and safety reporting in an aviation safety management system (SMS) can break a company.

Hazard reporting is critically important to any aviation service provider if it wants to benefit from their investment in the required and voluntary SMS. It’s equally important that aviation safety professionals have an open dialogue about what the important discussion points are and what problems are endemic to the aviation SMS.

Read More

Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Define Severity and Likelihood Criteria on Your Risk Matrix

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 30, 2022 5:32:00 AM

What Is a Risk Matrix Used for in Aviation Risk Management

The risk matrix is the standard risk assessment tool in aviation SMS and other risk management industries. It’s a standard tool because it’s simple and accomplishes all of the needs of a risk assessment, namely:

  • Rank safety concerns;
  • Understand if an issue’s risk is “tolerable”;
  • Ensure assessments are consistent; and
  • Ensure assessments are easy and intuitive to perform.
Read More

Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

3 Main Components of Aviation Risk Management

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Jul 29, 2021 4:45:00 AM

Aviation Risk Management Requires a Safety Mindset

Aviation risk management is a vital part of being a well-rounded pilot. The safety mindset works best every time flying.

Although all components are important, perhaps the most vital of them all is understanding the importance of "aviation risk management."

The textbook definition of risk management is a decision-making process that relies on

  • situational awareness,
  • problem recognition, and
  • good judgment
Read More

Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Is Your Aviation SMS Implementation Performing or Prescriptive?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 22, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Pros and Cons of Prescriptive vs Performance Based SMS

Performance vs prescriptive based approaches to aviation safety management systems (SMS) is and will increasingly be a hot topic in the aviation industry for years to come.

As it should be.

Because let’s face it, “compliant safety" is not a one size fits all approach, and yet prescriptive safety remains an endemic problem in the aviation industry.

Many of you reading this probably know what I’m talking about whenever you feel an SMS inspector is evaluating your organization either unjustly or too harshly in an SMS audit.

Read More

Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

5 Mistakes That Cripple Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 25, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Identifying Mistakes Aviation SMS Implementations

Successful aviation safety programs are self-conscious. That is, safety management teams are extremely sensitive to potential pitfalls and work hard to avoid needless mistakes.

Of course, in the real world practice of safety management, “needless mistakes” are seldom easy to identify ahead of time.

Avoiding needless mistakes in aviation safety management systems (SMS) requires that:

Read More

Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Site content provided by Northwest Data Solutions is meant for informational purposes only. Opinions presented here are not provided by any civil aviation authority or standards body.

 

 

Benefits of SMS Pro Database

Affordable, Basic Compliance for Small Aviation Service Providers

Best Practices for Aviation SMS

 

Watch SMS Pro Demo Videos

These two on-demand videos offer:

  • High-level overview of SMS Pro;
  • Hazard Reporting & Risk Management walk-through.
Watch SMS Pro Demo Videos
 
 
 
 

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts