Internal evaluation programs and safety training account for a majority of the deficiencies highlighted in the 2013 audit report from Argus International based on its involvement with customers’ implementation of safety management systems (SMS) and their day-to-day operations. All aspects of the flight operation are reviewed during each audit, including the organization’s safety management system. The report is a summary of audit results and how they compare with the Argus Platinum and IS-BAO standards.
Safety Management Systems
Business aviation operators are lacking in safety management system (SMS) internal evaluation programs and safety training, according to the 2013 SMS Audit Result report released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. The report highlights recurring deficiencies found in SMS implementation and execution, it said.
“A view into the industry-wide aperture helps aviation operators focus their efforts on common deficiency areas cited by auditors,” Argus noted. “Operators can then use this information to improve their own SMS implementation and execution efforts.”
Chris Horton, the recipient of the 2014 AgustaWestland Safety Award, is on a mission to “make safety sexy,” primarily to better reach his generation of pilots. “We’re pretty much glued to our iPhones, iPads, Facebook, Twitter,” he told AIN. “We get our news from social media. Safety education can be done that same way.” At 27, Horton is likely the youngest person to ever receive the HAI safety award.
Fresh pressure is being placed on the FAA to revise and finalize its 2010 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would mandate the installation of helicopter terrain avoidance and warning systems (HTAWS) and radar altimeters on all U.S. emergency medical service (EMS) helicopters. The NPRM drew a firestorm of criticism from affected stakeholders for favoring high-cost solutions over less expensive, and some argued, more effective safety technology such as night-vision goggles (NVGs).
AeronomX is sponsoring a series of twice-monthly conference calls as a forum for business aviation safety officers to share notes and ideas about their safety management systems (SMS). The calls begin at 11:30 a.m. EST on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month with a current SMS topic followed by a short discussion. The remainder of the call is open to any topic raised by anyone on the phone.
The FAA talks a lot about the importance of safety management systems. It has several web pages dedicated to SMS. Newsletters dedicated to SMS. And employees certainly talk it up at internal and external meetings. But talk is cheap, as we all know.
New risk management requirements for safety management systems (SMS) and the responses to these encapsulated in the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) have been big drivers of demand for a wide array of training for flight and ground crews. But what corporate pilot and flight department manager Scott Macpherson found when he tried to provide this for his team was that he just could not get all this training conveniently in one place.
MedAire, an International SOS company, has formed a strategic partnership with São Paulo-based AeroSafety, which is looking to “solidify [our] position as the premier aviation supplier of medical kits, emergency equipment and travel risk management services for commercial airlines and private aviation in Brazil.” Together the companies (Stand 3013) offer a “comprehensive medical and travel risk management solution.”
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is here at LABACE once again to continue to inform South American aircraft operators about the voluntary International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) program that it established just over 11 years ago in response to shifting regulatory demands on the sector.
While repair station respondents to a survey by Saint Louis University’s Center for Aviation Safety Research agree that safety management systems (SMS) are a good idea, most have not begun developing their own SMS. The survey tallied responses from nearly 500 accountable executives at Part 145 repair stations.
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