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What Is Change Management in Your Aviation SMS?

Posted by Mario Pierobon on Oct 5, 2018 5:25:00 AM

What Is Change Management?

In the aviation industry, it’s important to manage change effectively. Change can be organizational, procedural, or technological.

Change occurs any time an established practice is altered.

Change can seem small, like changing suppliers. Or it could be a large change, like adding a new type of airplane to your feet.

When you plan for changes before they happen, you can take measures to proactively manage risk as well. Managing risk is a fundamental part of managing change.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

Distinguishing between Responsibility, Authority, and Accountability in Your Aviation SMS

Posted by Nichole Kruger on Sep 25, 2018 5:12:00 AM

What Is Responsibility?

Responsibility n. the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. (Oxford Dictionary)

Most of us learned about responsibility as children. Our parents gave us responsibilities like walking the dog or loading the dishwasher. As adults, we’re responsible for paying our bills, finishing our tasks at work, and doing the laundry.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

Best Practices for Categorizing Your Data in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 27, 2018 5:37:00 AM

What Are Classifications in Aviation Risk Management

In SMS, it’s extremely useful to organize reported issues by classifying them with classifications.

A classification is a simply a unit of organization. By “unit of organization,” we are talking about a short phrase that describes the safety issue in one way. This issue can be described in terms of:

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

Good Safety Practices for Maintenance Departments and MROs in Aviation SMS

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Aug 24, 2018 4:29:00 AM

4 Aviation Safety Management Practices to Apply in Aviation Maintenance

In aviation maintenance, as in all other aspects of the aviation sector, safety is paramount. 4 safety management practices which can be applied to make any maintenance operation safer are:

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How Safety Management and Quality Assurance Work in Management Systems

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 18, 2018 5:28:00 AM

What Is a Management System

This article is originally inspired by a rather insightful video discussing the interplay between safety management and quality assurance.

A management system is a set of processes used to manage “findings” during operations.

“Findings” are simply things you discover in your operations that are less than ideal. We can also call findings “issues.” There can be many types of issues, such as:

  • Safety;
  • Security;
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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

How to Practice Due Diligence in Aviation Safety

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 2, 2018 4:15:00 AM

What Does It Mean to Practice Due Diligence

There are two general aspects of safety management systems that encompass due diligence of the entire SMS: SMS design and actual safety operations.

Practicing due diligence means ensuring that the design closely matches reality.

To use aviation safety lingo:

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

How Optimized Record Keeping Benefits Top Managers in Aviation

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 16, 2018 4:43:00 AM

What Are Problems with Traditional Record Keeping

Tracking employees document and records is one of the most important documentation tasks aviation service providers have. This is especially true in the case of pilots, where poor record keeping can result in regulatory fines.

Most aviation service providers manage their record keeping manually, such as in:

  • Excel spreadsheets;
  • Word documents;
  • PDFs; or
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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

20 Benefits of Optimized Pilot Records Management for SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 14, 2018 5:33:00 AM

What Is Optimized Pilot Records Management

Aviation service providers are well aware importance of tracking pilots’ record and documents.

At any given time, an aviation service provider may have dozens of records that require action. Especially when these records are being documented in something like an Excel spreadsheet.

Sound familiar?

Managing all of these records can:

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

Best Practices for Documenting Your Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 5, 2018 5:56:00 AM

What Does Documenting Aviation SMS Mean

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) documentation is probably the most critical component of aviation SMS design.

Documentation must be clear, accurate, current and easy to access. Documentation reflects SMS compliance and SMS performance.

Though "documentation" is a simple idea, making sure your documentation is well managed is quite difficult in actual practice. This is because:

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

5 Easy Ways to Combine QMS and SMS in Aviation Operations

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 19, 2018 6:31:00 AM

Why Quality Management Is So Important for Safety

Quality management systems (QMS) are the big brother of safety management systems (SMS). They are often depicted as having conflicting interests.

Unfortunately, this is true in many organizations because the bottom line (money) is pushed more than safety.

QMS and SMS don’t have to be in conflict. In fact, if given the time and resources, they can integrate together and significantly strengthen your organization’s:

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