The hardest part of SMS, says Gray, has been safety risk assessment. “It’s the most time consuming and requires the most input from employees,” he explains.
“We have designed our system as an effort to reduce every risk to a level as low as reasonably practical. We decided that rather than senior management making the determination of what is considered reasonably practical, we tried to put the onus on the pilots and mechanics. We set up a safety review board which is comprised of at least one pilot from every aircraft group in the company, the chief pilot, the safety manager, and representatives from the maintenance side.”
That group then determines the risk level of a particular operation, listing the operational factors, technical factors, and human factors. Once the list is complete, the board does a probability and severity analysis. Then the review is passed back to senior management to determine the best mitigating factors, and back again to the safety review board.
Successes born out of the SMS include improvement in the quality of services provided, the means to anticipate safety issues and prevent their occurrence, and the means to track and correct safety issues and quality failures, says Gray.
ACS topics to include the Large Aircraft Security Program NPRM and "Operation Playbook" security screening protocol.
Image, the economy, SMS, and Part 135 dominate discussion at annual meeting
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