Safety and Quality Management Systems

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The majority of part 91 and 135 operators have made the transition to SMS and are starting to see documented benefit from the program.  The main difference between operators is their program's effectiveness and level of participation. Many departments have been successful in achieving a proactive level of safety mitigation (level 3), but very few are fully benefiting from the predictive aspect of the program (level 4), due primarily to a lack of knowing what data to collect and how to analyze it.


And that is where I can help. Developing your manuals, training your team, setting up your reporting platform and establishing your IEP is frankly the easy part. Getting your team to report errors, SOP deviations and to fully participate in the program is where the real challenge is. Without full participation, your program will fail to provide much benefit and you will miss continuous improvement opportunities like raising morale, increasing hazard awareness, enhancing performance, lowering cost and ensuring accountability. It becomes a team building exercise that has the potential of delivering significant value to your organization, well beyond just meeting the mandate and regulation. That's the stuff that really matters, that justifies the time and money you invest in using the safety management system.


My value is in getting you to level 4 of the FAA's maturity ladder (see above) by performing the following tasks:


  • I start by ensuring your SMS meets the standard (if you don't have one, we provide one)
  • I provide initial SMS training for all personnel and set up an efficient reporting system
  • I establish your FOQA, ASAP, LOSA and Internal Evaluation Programs
  • I design your Safety Performance Indicators and establish data collection protocols
  • I ensure your four pillars (Policy, SRM, Safety Assurance and Safety Promotion) are effective
  • Finally, I will ensure your SMS is effective and fully integrated into your existing culture of safety


Having assisted hundreds of aviation service providers integrate and adopt the SMS into their operations, I have learned that the most important predictors of success are team cohesion and the desire to be the best they can be. In the right hands, the SMS is a highly effective tool that improves hazard awareness, raises morale and builds ownership. In the wrong hands, the SMS may provide a false sense of security and overconfidence that can lead to lost opportunities and poor results.


If you are interested in being the best and getting the most from your SMS, I would love to work with you.


"SMS is all about decision-making. Thus it has to be a decision-maker's tool, not a traditional safety program separate and distinct from business and operational decision making. Safety beings from both the top down and the bottom up. Everyone from the receptionist, ramp worker, pilot, manager, and FAA inspector has a role to perform", (FAA). 

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(714) 334-4441 JOHN@SMS4AVIATION.COM