Heli-Expo returns to Orlando, Fla., March 5 to 8, bringing together more than 17,000 participants, 600 exhibitors and 65 helicopters in the spacious Orange County Convention Center.
Safety Management Systems
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has set March 31 through April 2 as the dates for its annual repair symposium at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, Va. The agenda and registration for the symposium, which also includes a Legislative Day on Capitol Hill, are available on the organization’s Web site.
Jan. 5, 2011:
Safety Systems for
Part 139 Certified Airports
Arinc Direct is trying to help aircraft operators meet the new requirement to implement safety management systems (SMS) by introducing a new process for conducting the necessary risk factors assessment before each flight.
The FAA’s first notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on safety management systems (SMS) was published on October 7 and will require Part 139 airports to adopt an SMS program within six to nine months of publication of the final rule. Comments are due by Jan. 5, 2011.
While the FAA has filed a “difference” explaining that it does not have a formal safety management system (SMS) rule for aircraft operators, despite ICAO's fast-approaching November 18 deadline, it is in the process of SMS rulemaking.
Baldwin Aviation of Hilton Head Island, S.C., a developer of flight department safety management systems (SMS), introduced a Web-based program, SMSlite, at the NBAA Convention. The program is designed for operators that have already met the registration requirements for International Standard for Business Aviation Organizations (IS-BAO).
The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) recently held its first Safety Management Transport Academy. The first four-day course is the initial installment of a two-year program designed to provide “an educational background to people in the air medical and critical-care ground industries about the science and philosophy of safety,” said AAMS executive director Dawn Mancuso.
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.
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).