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StandardAero introduces implementation of SMS

May 11, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland – At StandardAero, safety is an absolute and the company is continually seeking new ways to identify and prevent hazards from occurring.


May 11, 2009
By Carey Fredericks

May 11, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland – At StandardAero, safety is an absolute and the company is continually seeking new ways to identify and prevent hazards from occurring. It has developed a safety initiative called the StandardAero Immune-SMS (Safety Management System) System, which provides a clear direction to strengthen their practices, systems and culture with one common goal: enhancing and improving flight safety.
 
“StandardAero will never compromise flight safety, going above and beyond the regulatory, legal, or acceptable minimum requirements,” said StandardAero President and CEO, Rob Mionis. “By implementing this system, StandardAero has become vigilant in identifying risks and threats to product quality and proactive in eliminating them. This allows the company to minimize the risk of future occurrences and provides peace of mind to our customers.”
 
StandardAero named the system Immune-SMS because it believes flight safety management should function much like the human immune system, continually and proactively seeking ways to identify and defend customers and the organization against hazards and unwanted flight-safety consequences. It recognizes that all employees, from senior leadership to front-line staff, are responsible for product safety. The main objective of the Immune-SMS is to expose safety hazards or vulnerabilities that can contribute to poor product quality or degrade safety. Once exposed, the company then prioritizes and implements actions to eliminate or minimize these key vulnerabilities.
 
The Immune-SMS program is not a computer system, database, slogan or poster. It is a strong commitment to equip employees with the knowledge, skills and enabling processes that allows StandardAero to anticipate possible threats to product quality and flight safety and empower them to act in the best interest of the operator. As a result, StandardAero’s Immune-SMS exceeds regulatory requirements for SMS coming into force in Canada and Singapore in 2009 as well as other jurisdictions in the future.