Because safety is a never-ending quest, a safety management system (SMS) often calls for a cultural change. And changes take time. But just hearing the SMS acronym is enough to make many industry folks roll their eyes and sigh, thinking surely safety management systems must be working by now.
Just a few years ago, no one in the aviation safety business anywhere on earth would have seriously asked if the FAA is losing its safety edge. For more than half a century, the FAA was the unquestioned leader in airline safety around the globe, the one all other nations looked to for leadership in setting the safety bar.
Deficiencies in the general operating manual (GOM) and a lack of safety management system (SMS) training were cited as the top two problems at Part 91 and 135 operators, according to an SMS audit report released this week by Argus’s Professional Resources In System Management (Prism) division. The Prism team reviewed audits conducted at 74 operators last year by sister company Argus Pros and then compiled the results in the report.
NetJets has attained Level III of the FAA’s safety management system (SMS) pilot program. As such, NetJets is the first fractional operator, as well as the first fixed-wing Part 135 operator and the first combined Part 135/91K operator, to achieve Level III. The FAA SMS pilot program, which has a four-level system of acknowledgement, is intended to help operators develop and implement a comprehensive SMS for their entire organization through safety-centric policies and risk mitigation.
The FAA is expected to mandate a safety management system (SMS) for all Part 139 airports by late summer or early fall of 2012 affecting approximately 540 U.S. commercial-service airports.
Dassault’s still-under-wraps Falcon super-midsize (SMS) will be in a category above today’s Falcon 2000 series, a company spokesman told AIN, thus clarifying where the future aircraft will be positioned in the French maker’s gamut.
The market for in-flight connectivity is about to step up a gear as passenger power pushes demand to be able to use personal smart phones, laptops and tablet devices, according to leading provider OnAir.
In its latest annual safety management system (SMS) audit results report, Argus says its Prism subsidiary has generally found a lack of SMS training at several business aviation flight departments. This latest report is based on 65 audits Argus performed last year, from which the Prism team reviews and compiles the results.
In its newly released annual safety management system (SMS) audit results report, Argus says its Prism subsidiary has generally found a lack of SMS training at several business aviation flight departments. This latest report is based on 65 audits Argus performed last year, from which the Prism team reviews and compiles the results.