SMS is not just for airlines and corporate aviation, as John David, Nav Canada v-p for safety and quality, explained. The private agency put safety oversight in place soon after privatization. David is chair of the joint Nav Canada-Transport Canada safety committee. “We believe safety planning is key, so we have a manual for SMS policy-making and planning, with a safety charter that all Nav Canada employees must buy into,” he said.
Safety Management Systems
Several of the most influential corporate aviation organizations offer specific tools to assist in implementation of SMS programs, according to John Sheehan, audit manager for the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). In addition to the IBAC’s Risk Analysis Guidelines, he listed the organization’s booklet “SMS Tools” for achievement of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
sMS (safety management systems) and FOQA (flight operations quality assurance) are no longer just buzzwords, said Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) president and CEO Bill Voss in remarks opening last month’s FSF/ NBAA Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar.
Argus International has hired William Yantiss to lead a new division called Prism Solutions (professional resources in system management). Yantiss previously was vice president of safety, quality, security and environment for United Airlines. The new Prism Solutions division is designed to help clients with safety management systems, safety and security training, system design and implementation, manuals and consulting.
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Europe’s business aviation community may think it has a good safety record; however, it needs to demonstrate a more structured and statistical approach to maintaining that reputation rather than expecting regulators and the rest of the world just to acknowledge it.
Despite the industry’s troubled times, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) now has more members than in its entire history–425 companies–and proportionally more of them are aircraft operators than ever before.
Argus’s latest annual SMS audit report shows that safety management systems (SMS) and emergency response planning have the highest number of deficiencies at corporate flight departments. The report, available online at no charge, is based on 61 audits completed by Argus subsidiary Partners and Resources for Operational Safety last year.
Although only a handful of countries have regulations in place for approving safety management systems (SMS), most nations are working to comply with an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulation that will require an SMS for international operators of large aircraft and business jets weighing more than 12,500 pounds.
Argus released its annual SMS audit results report this week, with safety management systems (SMS) and emergency response planning having the highest number of deficiencies at corporate flight departments.