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Advanced Aviation SMS: Top Management Support Drives SMS Profits

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 3, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Management's Absence Creates SMS Adoption Challenges

Many newly-appointed safety managers try to single-handedly push their organization's aviation safety management systems (SMS) to success. Safety managers are hired to perform an ambitious undertaking that is not heartily welcomed by the entire organization.

SMS implementations require consistent change management activities. These activities naturally induce frustration and resistance to change.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 1-Safety Policy, Quality-Safety Management

What is Advanced Aviation SMS? -> Safety Management Systems

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 1, 2021 6:00:00 AM

What is Advanced Aviation SMS Series?

Aviation SMS Must Be Business First--Safety Second

Does your aviation SMS make money? Probably not.

Why not? Most aviation SMS failures result from operators consistently neglecting to follow the prescribed aviation SMS recipe as originally designed. Other operators treat SMS as a "check-the-box" obligation to satisfy as expeditiously as possible, thereby consciously neglecting the "presumable benefits."

Aviation service providers with more than ten employees should benefit financially from the SMS prescription whenever they have sufficient business activity to comfortably sustain operational expenses. Unfortunately, this is not reality.

Marginally profitable businesses maintain higher risk of SMS failure because they lack resources to correctly implement the prescribed SMS formula. These operators cannot afford to leave money on the table and must look at SMS as a  business opportunity and not a regulatory burden.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 3-Safety Assurance

Advanced Aviation SMS: Seek Permission before Focusing on SMS Profits

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 24, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Financial Opportunities Abound from Aviation SMS Processes

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) are designed to be implemented in a top down managerial style for some "not-so-obvious reasons." For one reason, the "accountable executive" cannot accurately be considered "accountable" when safety initiatives and budgets exist beyond their direct control.

Accountable executives control organizational resources, including finances. Organizational safety financial decisions must be controlled and optimally championed by accountable executives.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, Safety Culture

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

Is Your Aviation SMS Implementation a Farce? - with Self-Assessments

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 18, 2021 1:44:00 PM

The Brutal Truth about Your Aviation SMS Implementation

If you cannot handle emotional pain or controversy today, please don't read this. I certainly don't mean to offend, but I have to say this:

Most aviation service providers are lying regarding their aviation SMS implementations.

What? We just spent tens of thousand dollars on aviation safety management system (SMS) implementation consultants and we don't have an SMS implementation?

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

How to Create Aviation SMS Implementation Plan - with Templates

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 19, 2020 5:16:00 AM

What You Need to Know about Aviation SMS Implementation Plans

If you are reading this, chances are you have just begun implementing your aviation safety management systems (SMS). Or, you would like to see how your implementation plan stacks up against the suggested process for creating an implementation plan.

Either way, the important things you need to know about aviation SMS implementation plans are that they:

  • Organize all elements of SMS;
  • Provide you with a road map of implementation-order;
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

9 Success Tips for Aviation SMS Consultants

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 2, 2019 6:00:00 AM

The Glamour of Aviation SMS Consulting

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) are viewed as complex systems comprised of multiple, interdependent subsystems. These subsystems include, but are not limited to:

  • Safety reporting system;
  • Risk management system;
  • SMS training management system;
  • Safety communication system(s); and
  • Safety performance monitoring systems.
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

Why Flight Schools Should Implement Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 25, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Benefits of Aviation SMS for Flight Schools

Flight schools operate with many risky hazards every day.

Students are inexperienced, usually younger, and are new to technology and hazards of flying.

Moreover, the pressure that students undergoing flight training feel to perform well naturally makes them less prepared to identify hazards early on.

Of course, while flight schools need to prepare highly successful pilots, maintenance workers, air traffic controllers, etc., the FAA’s new compliance policy that airlines have a safety management system in place is a testament to the fact that safety performance is an integral part of overall performance.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

How to Sustain an SMS Implementation (with Free Resources)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 23, 2019 6:10:00 AM

Characteristics of a Sustainable SMS Implementation

Sustainability is a modern buzz word, and aviation safety management systems (SMS) are no exception. Sustainable SMS implementations are those that survive

  • upper management personnel changes,
  • safety manager changes, and
  • high volume of employee turnover.

The question every safety manager and/or upper manager needs to ask is, does my SMS implementation achieve these sustainable goals?

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

Adaptable and Creative Aviation SMS Implementations

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 31, 2019 6:18:00 AM

Bringing Life to a System

It’s easy to get lost in the bureaucracy side of aviation safety management systems' (SMS):

  • Policies and procedures;
  • Safety accountabilities;
  • SMS training;
  • Risk management processes;
  • Management of change;
  • SMS documentation requirements;
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

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