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About Aviation.Org's Flight Line (SMS)


As indicated in the history section of About Aviation.Org, the mission of Flight Line is to examine company flight operations--top down and bottom up--to help ensure that flight objectives are achieved within a safe operating environment. Key concepts in accomplishing this aim include fostering improvement in internal communications and taking effective action on a continual basis to reduce risk and improve safety margins. We endorse SMS as a systematic approach to safety management and attempt to seek out and provide practical guidance with respect to its implementation and upgrading.

International Approach to Aviation Safety Management

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has established the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) with respect to civil aviation. In 1999, ICAO pioneered the development and implementation of safety management systems consistent with these guidelines to further enhance global aviation safety. Details of ICAO's safety management are found in its Safety Management Manual (SMM).

International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has a strong affiliation with ICAO and "represents, promotes and protects the interests of business aviation in international policy and regulatory forums." In 2002 IBAC introduced its International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), a performance based standard that defines safety management system requirements for flight organizations in this aviation sector. Companies seeking IBAC registration are initially audited to IS-BAO with renewal audits every two years.

These international standards are patterned after quality management systems such as ISO 9000 that have evolved over time and in place for all manner of businesses worldwide.

Aviation Safety Connection, Inc. and SMS

As a member of NBAA (a founding member of IBAC), Aviation Safety Connection stays up to date on requirements and activities related to SMS. As noted on the IBAC website, its director, Robert M. Jenney, is certified as a Lead Auditor. Mr. Jenney has considerable experience implementing and auditing management systems for commercial and department of defense customers. (e.g., ISO 9000:2000; AS 9100:2009) and conducted a workshop promoting SMS at the Aviation Safety and Security Africa 2006 conference. A description of his background and qualifications are located in IS-BAO's Accredited Auditor section (Robert M. Jenney).

Aviation Safety Connection can provide personnel who have experience in all SMS elements and who can provide a flight organization with:

(a) assistance in establishing a workable and effective SMS to IS-BAO standards
(b) internal auditing capability to help ensure the management system is functioning as envisioned
(c) an IS-BAO auditor or audit team to perform registration and renewal audits.

IS-BAO Structure

IS-BAO is designed to meet the best practices of applicable ICAO SARPS. Flight operations will find that their existing documentation and activities comply with many of the standard's requirements. Successful registration then requires administrative organization and strengthening of the elements in place plus definition and implementation of those that need to be developed.

The standard's chapters are:
1.0 Purpose; 2.0 Introduction; 3.0 Safety Management Systems; 4.0 Organization and Personnel Requirements; 5.0 Training and Proficiency; 6.0 Flight Operations; 7.0 Operations in International Airspace; 8.0 Aircraft Equipment requirements; 9.0 Aircraft Maintenance Requirements; 10.0 Company Operations Manual; 11.0 Emergency Response Plan; 12.0 Environmental Management; 13.0 Occupational Health and Safety; 14.0 Transportation of Dangerous Goods; 15.0 Security.

With respect to SMS, Chapter 3.0 is expanded as follows:

3.0 Safety Management Systems
3.1 General
3.2 SMS Requirements
3.2.1 Safety Policies and Objectives
3.2.2 Safety Risk Management
3.2.3 Safety Assurance
3.2.4 Safety Promotion
3.3 Compliance Monitoring
3.4 Freedom of Choice

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