If you regard safety management systems as just the latest fad for corporate aviation flight departments, think again, Daedalus Aviation Services president David Bjellos told the nearly 450 attendees at the 53rd Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), which was held early last month in Palm Harbor, Fla. Emphasizing SMS’s importance, almost every presentation at CASS was about SMS or mentioned the topic in some shape or form.
“Targeted guidelines” and “tough enforcement” are two key elements of a comprehensive voluntary plan from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “to dramatically reduce ergonomic injuries,” according to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. “This plan is a major improvement over the rejected old rule because it will prevent ergonomics injuries before they occur and reach a much larger number of at-risk workers.”
The charter industry is shifting to a new way of thinking about safety. “We are going from a compliance-based ‘Do you meet the regulatory standard?’ to ‘What more should we do, how can we be safe, how can we tell the good story of this industry?’ [Charter] is becoming a larger player in the transportation marketplace.
Charter broker Alerion announced February 5 that it is partnering with Aviation Facilities Security Group (AFSG) to provide private aviation travelers with custom security services, including personal security and detailed security preparation for travel in high-risk areas. AFSG also provides physical security surveys, security program development, flight crew training, program training and aviation safety materials.
Like many a “Washington hand” leaving a position, the Air Transport Association’s Carol Hallett was more forthcoming in her comments to the Washington Aero Club than she might have been in the past.
For the second year in a row, Western Aircraft’s facility in Boise, Idaho, has been recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and was awarded the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (Sharp) for its stellar safety and training program.
“If I talk to ten people, I get ten different versions of what they believe an SMS [Safety Management System] is,” FAA associate administrator of aviation safety Nick Sabatini told attendees at the fourth FAA International Aviation Safety Forum.
MedAire has expanded beyond the medical-assistance services and products the company has provided the airline and business aviation industry for 20 years, launching at the NBAA Convention last month a line of security products.
Engineers from British consortium FBH (Bristow Helicopters and FR Group) are maintaining two Bell 212s that have been sent from Brunei to Sumatra, to support the disaster relief program following the December earthquake and subsequent tsunamis.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded General Dynamics Aviation Services’ maintenance center in Westfield, Mass., its “Star” status. It is the highest level of recognition in the administration’s voluntary protection program.