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Why Aviation Safety Managers Fail without Dept Head Support in SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on May 13, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Problem of Aviation SMS Entirely Left to Safety Managers

For many aviation service providers, implementing and sustaining aviation safety management system (SMS) remains the sole province of the safety managers. This is true whether you are an:

  • Airline
  • Airport;
  • Aviation maintenance organization (AMO or MRO);
  • FBO;
  • ANSP; or
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Things You Must Understand about Leading Indicators in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 13, 2021 6:14:00 AM

What Are Leading Indicators in Aviation Safety Management?

Mark my words: before long leading indicators in aviation safety management will be ubiquitous in nearly every aviation safety management system (SMS). I say this for several compelling reasons:

  • Leading indicators maximize your ability to tap into existing aviation safety performance data;
  • They give unparalleled access to information;
  • The burst of interest in leading indicators is a natural growth of the digital revolution; and
  • They save companies massive amounts of time and exposure from having to perform other, less effective risk management activities.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Do Bowtie Analysis in Aviation SMS – 5 Step Walkthrough

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 1, 2021 5:58:00 AM

Purpose of Bowtie Analysis in Aviation SMS

Bowtie analysis is one of the best aviation risk management tools to communicate risk and demonstrate commitment to safety.

Although not universally shared, I've seen that about 10% of smaller operators in the 100 to 500 employee range believe that bowtie is the best way to communicate operational risk and satisfy aviation safety management system (SMS) auditors.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Review Management of Change Interfaces in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 10, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Aviation SMS Provides Structure to Safety Initiatives

An aviation safety management system (SMS) provides service providers with risk management processes that are:

  • Globally accepted by the aviation industry;
  • Structured and documented to ensure repeatability;
  • Implemented organization-wide; and 
  • Monitored internally and often externally to assure compliance.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Discover Hidden Value in Your Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 27, 2021 6:15:00 AM

What Is Value to Aviation Operations?

Many modern line-level aviation managers maintain an imperfect perception of value relating to cost-effective aviation operations. These immature, untrained value hunters act as if leadership prizes value solely from the bottom-line perspective, no matter where it comes from, or how those dollars magically appear at the bottom of corporate balance sheets.

Your organization's managerial bargain hunters and shrewd negotiators may actually transfer organizational risk to safety as the organization tries to grow and develop their aviation assets. In short, as aviation operations grow, management may attempt to reduce the amount of safety that they enjoyed when they were considerably smaller.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 2-Safety Risk Management

3 Scenarios for Accountable Executives to Minimize Risk to Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 6, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Accountable Executives' SMS Nightmare

In most cases, aviation safety managers are:

  • Dedicated;
  • Hard-working;
  • Resourceful; and
  • Excellent communicators.

Accountable executives rely on aviation safety managers to develop, implement and maintain their organizations' aviation safety management system (SMS). Accountable executives are "accountable."

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What Is Difference between Hazard and Risk in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Oct 28, 2020 6:00:00 AM

I Thought I Knew the Difference between Hazard and Risk

Quickly, look at the picture at the right.

What is the "hazard?"

What is the "risk?"

I consider myself well-educated with a college education.

I understand English, as it is my first language.

Before I was dragged into the aviation safety management system world in early 2007, I really never considered hazards and risks very deeply. Back in my pre-SMS days, electrical hazard and electrical risk were synonymous.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Identify Interfaces in Aviation SMS Scenarios

Posted by Christopher Howell on Sep 29, 2020 4:45:00 AM

ICAO Defines Interfaces in Aviation Operations

Safety risks faced by service providers are affected by interfaces.

Interfaces can be either internal (e.g. between departments) or external (e.g. other service providers or contracted services,).

By identifying and managing these interfaces the service provider will have more control over any safety risks related to the interfaces.

ICAO Safety Management Manual (SMM), Document 9859 4th edition

Interfaces' Importance in Aviation SMS

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Understanding Importance of Interfaces in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Sep 22, 2020 6:00:00 AM

What Are Interfaces in Aviation Operations?

Besides the expected airlines and airport operations, the interacting relationships across modern airports encompass many aviation industry segments, including:

  • Ground handling companies;
  • Fixed based operators (FBOs);
  • AMOs;
  • Security operations;
  • Air traffic control;
  • Charter operators; and
  • Private operators.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What Are the Greatest Challenges for Aviation Safety Managers? - With Resources

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 7, 2020 6:45:00 AM

Why Being a Safety Manager Is Tough

Being an aviation safety officer is an often unrewarding and challenging job. In many ways, an aviation safety manager is like a professional plate spinner balancing delicate interests and priorities, such as:

  • Gaining management support for safety programs
  • Overcoming resistance to change from management and general workforce
  • Upholding transparency and Just Culture
  • Maintaining objectivity
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

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