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10 Tasks for Starting Aviation SMS Implementation (& in This Order)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 31, 2021 5:44:00 AM

Most Important Items for Starting SMS Implementation

If you are reading this article, chances are that you either already have started implementing an aviation safety management system (SMS), or you are considering an SMS implementation.

Starting an aviation SMS implementation from ground zero may be confusing and difficult for any safety professional, much less a layperson who may be tasked to implement an aviation SMS. There so much to do, such as

  • gap analysis;
  • implementation plan;
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

3 Benefits of Aviation Safety Management System (SMS) Databases

Posted by Christopher Howell on Aug 10, 2021 7:00:00 AM

What Are the Safety Management System Databases?

In early 2007, when we started designing and developing SMS Pro, I was mildly surprised that many aviation safety managers called a Web application to manage aviation safety events a "safety management system" (SMS) database.

I'm an IT guy, and when I think of a database, I"m thinking about Oracle, SQL Server, MS Access, etc.

I believe the confusion comes from pilots who are used to dealing with MS Access databases.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, Aviation SMS Database

3 Best Practices for Your Aviation SMS Manual

Posted by Nichole Kruger on Aug 5, 2021 4:26:00 AM

The Importance of an Aviation SMS Manual

ICAO requires an SMS manual for many aviation organizations required to abide by their SMS mandate. It is very tempting to gloss over your manual...to get it out of the way and never look at it again.

Manuals aren't sexy, and most of the time, they're boring at best. I've read a lot of manuals that were downright painful.

So, how do you make your SMS manual a tool that supports your SMS? Here are three best practices to put your manual to work today.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 1-Safety Policy

History of Aviation SMS and Four Pillars - with Free Tools

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 15, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Overview of SMS History

It’s easy to forget just how young aviation safety management systems (SMS) are as their own defined entity. Aviation SMS has truly changed the aviation landscape, but there will certainly be more change as organizations reduce resistance to the change and continue to internalize and practice the mandated SMS regulations.

Many of the central tenets of modern aviation SMS go back much further in history, but as a cohesive whole, 2016 will mark only the end of the first decade for formally solidified SMS in the United States and worldwide.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

4 Tools to Find Resistance to Your Aviation SMS - with Free Resources

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 10, 2021 6:00:00 AM

A Dependable Problem

We end up writing about resistance to change rather often because we see it often.

Resistance to change is a rather significant problem every aviation safety management system (SMS) implementation deals with. Judging by the large volume of users who read blog articles about this – perhaps such as yourself – our feelings and observations are spots on.

Resistance to aviation SMS is usually more common in newer, immature SMS, and the level of resistance is a strong indicator of how healthy an SMS is.

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Advanced Aviation SMS: Explicit Duties Impact Financial Business Success

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 22, 2021 6:30:00 AM

Duties & Responsibilities Shape Behaviors

This is an exciting article. We share concrete tips and tricks to modify your aviation safety management system (SMS) in this Advanced Aviation SMS series. To date, this advanced series has been focused on financial business theory supported by science and technology.

In this article, we discuss modifying employees' expected safety duties and responsibilities. Shifting from a pure safety focus has benefits. For example, this "safety-through-quality" change will provide both sufficient quantity and quality-of-inputs for your aviation SMS to prosper as designed.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 1-Safety Policy

Advanced Aviation SMS: Avoid Leaving Money Behind - Implementation Styles

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 17, 2021 6:15:00 AM

Powerful Aviation SMS When Implemented Properly

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) are not simply a regulatory requirements, but a "new way of doing business."

"Yeah, we've all heard these ambiguous praises before," I hear you saying.

  • What else is new?
  • Where is the proof?
  • Why aren't we seeing the benefits? or
  • Only large companies with high volumes benefit.
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 1-Safety Policy

Advanced Aviation SMS: Financial Opportunities Found in Safety Policy

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

Passing Audits but Failing Financial Performance

Smaller aviation service providers have adopted a not-so-secret weapon that can provide financial benefits, but they are not using it effectively.

Aviation SMS possess extremely powerful risk management workflows that can level the playing field for smaller operators with business acumen. Before the SMS mandate, smaller operators lacked both size and sophistication required to benefit financially from implementing quality management systems that facilitate continuous improvement. This has changed!

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 1-Safety Policy

Advanced Aviation SMS:  95% Continue Losses from Inapt Safety Policy

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 10, 2021 6:15:00 AM

Benefits Not Realized from Aviation SMS Implementations

When the drafting founders of modern aviation safety management systems (SMS) planned improving systemic aviation safety, these managers understood their industry's predominant attitudes relating to safety vs production. They recognized uncontrolled, ill-disciplined operators unnecessarily introduce intolerable risk into our transportation system.

Astute leaders understand that voluntary aviation SMS implementation will never be seriously considered by owners and senior managers unless operators enjoy a chance to financially benefit.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 1-Safety Policy

Advanced Aviation SMS: Science and Technology Required for Profits

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 8, 2021 5:45:00 AM

Science and Technology in Aviation Business Drive Revenues

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) needlessly continue to remain unprofitable after almost fifteen years.

Your aviation SMS also fails to produce profits. Why?

Science and technology are not applied with equal zeal as other high-tech-aviation-systems. SMS economic disappointments are very easily seen in smaller operators with fewer than 500 employees. This inequality of high-technology adoption creates financial hardships on smaller operators without the education or capital to implement expert systems that minimize financial costs and human efforts required to demonstrate regulatory SMS compliance.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, Quality-Safety Management

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