SMS
Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. has selected AviationManuals as its preferred Safety Management System (SMS) provider for its clients.
Spring brings with it a reaffirmation of personal and corporate goals – a chance to reassess processes, implement change and establish a new direction. And given recent events in the aviation industry south of the border, there’s plenty to analyze – at all levels of the corporate spectrum.
Float-plane safety has become a major issue after four fatal crashes and one non-fatal crash on the B.C. coast in two years. Last October, Transport Canada (TC) convened a float plane safety workshop in Vancouver, and the CARAC Technical Committee considered an issue paper on the subject at its Nov. 15-17 meeting in 2010.
On March 16, 2010, the TSB issued its Watchlist of the nine safety issues in transportation that pose the greatest risk to Canadians. The Board identified the oversight and implementation of SMS by the entire transportation industry as one of these risks. This article describes some of the challenges and lessons learned by companies as they implement SMS. While it draws on examples from aviation, similar issues can be found in other safety critical organizations.
Can we have zero accidents? Twelve years ago, Transport Canada declared its intention to pursue a “zero” aircraft accident rate when it published “Challenge 98.” No doubt many people in the aviation industry rolled their eyes at the notion of zero; likely many still do. So was Transport Canada’s planned pursuit delusionary or visionary?
Quality. An inescapable part of the aviation vocabulary but often misunderstood.
Human error or malevolence?  That’s the difference between safety and security. In the realm of safety, statistics show that about 80 per cent of all aviation accidents and incidents result from human factors. Security is a different species.
The term ‘required training’ has become an ambiguous one. Where is the exhaustive list an aviation manager can reference to ensure that everything ‘required’ is being accomplished?
Reservations persist

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