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Safety Chart: Monitoring Hazard Identification and Safety Reporting Culture per Division

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 9, 2022 5:57:00 AM

Why the All Issues by Division Chart Is Important

Aviation safety dashboard charts automatically monitor and present aviation safety management systems (SMS) data to stakeholders, who can then use the information to make fact-based decisions.

Due to increased Internet reliability across the world, dashboard charts have become the most popular for aviation service providers to securely monitor SMS data in real time. The dashboard presents managers and users with visual representations of the aviation SMS' historical performance and alerts users of "noteworthy exceptions" that may require corrective action.

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The Secret Bias That Hurts Proactive Risk Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 2, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Risk Management Is the Backbone of Aviation SMS

One of the primary foundations of aviation safety management systems (SMS) is the organizational-wide, focused approach towards proactive risk management.

Risk management is a complex process that requires certain tools, behaviors, and conditions to be done effectively.

For example, effective aviation risk management requires:

  • Upper management commitment;
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Learn How New Cabin LOSA Works for Airlines

Posted by Dr. Bob Baron on Oct 19, 2022 6:09:00 AM

Cabin LOSA Finally Becomes Reality for Airlines

After a year of intensive, collaborative research with an airline, we finally have the first Line Operations Safety Audit for the Cabin (LOSA-C) program available to airlines on a global basis!

The Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) program began in the 1990s as a proactive safety tool focusing primarily on airline flight deck operations.

Recently, the LOSA concept has been adapted to other aviation sectors including

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What Are Important Factors of Aviation Risk Management Process

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Oct 12, 2022 6:01:00 AM

Aviation Risk Management Process Based on Reality

The aviation industry is one where the stakes are always high because human life is involved and the "aviation system" is an open system that is impossible to totally control.

Many have sacrificed their lives for the thrill of flight. Over the years, aviation risk management has emerged to prevent unnecessary loss of life and property.

Risk management processes are only effective when

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Learn 4 Aviation Risk Management Attitudes. Which Is Best? What Is Yours?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 21, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Intro Failing to Agree

Many of the most important misconceptions about aviation safety management systems (SMS) revolve around the relationships and resistance that hurts SMS implementation.

Generally, the misconceptions about aviation SMS revolve around differences in attitudes about safety risk management. In such a case, differences in attitudes between two employees generally leave each person feeling that:

  • The other person doesn’t value the SMS;
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Aviation SMS Implementation: What’s in It for the Employee?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 3, 2022 6:00:00 AM

The Bane of Aviation SMS Implementations

Apathy kills aviation safety management systems (SMS).

Apathy in SMS is the most insidious kind of resistance because it incites behavior that is extremely hard in which to influence change.

Apathy may take many forms in your aviation SMS, such as:

  • Non-participation in the SMS;
  • Low safety reporting numbers;
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Independent Aviation SMS Consulting - Pros and Cons

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 27, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Weigh Aviation SMS Consulting Pros and Cons

Aviation SMS consulting is for professionals who choose to independently contract custom SMS solutions for clients.

SMS consultants have differing roles in their clients’ SMS, depending on the needs of each organization they partner with.

Consultants generally have many years of aviation SMS experience and are equipped with the network and knowledge to provide solutions to diverse needs.

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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.

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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 such 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:

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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.

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