IBAC and FlightSafety Offer Web-based SMS Course

Montreal, Canada (October 05, 2008) – The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and FlightSafety International have co-developed a four-hour web-based Safety Management Systems (SMS) course designed specifically for flight department personnel. The course will be delivered by Flight Safety International through their web based Learning Management System.

“An effective SMS enhances the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of flight operations, and requires the full participation of all team members to be successful,” said Don Spruston, Director General of IBAC. “This course provides the framework to help flight department personnel understand their responsibilities in the implementation and maintenance of their organization's Safety Management System.”

The new Safety Management Systems course covers all aspects of hazard identification, risk management and accident/incident prevention and reporting. “It will provide flight department personnel flexibility in obtaining state-of-the-art training on safety management systems,” said Ariel Landau, acting eLearning Operations Manager, FlightSafety International. “With a self-paced online system, flight department staff can log on and off as often as they need until the course is completed.”

“The course will benefit International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) registered operators, those preparing for their first audit by the organization, and other flight departments who have implemented an SMS, or are in the process of doing so,” said Ray Rohr, IBAC Director of Regulatory Affairs. “SMS is the cornerstone of IS-BAO and a successful the audit by the organization is dependent on an effectively implemented SMS.”

The FlightSafety web-based Learning Management System tracks course progress and returns participants to the last previously-viewed screen. When they have successfully passed the assessment at the end of the course, learners will be provided with a record of completion. Flight department managers can get weekly reports of their staff’s progress to ensure everyone is progressing properly.

For further information, please contact IBAC Director General, Don Spruston at dspruston@ibac.org or 604-614-5459, or IBAC Director Regulatory Affairs, Ray Rohr at rayrohr@telusplanet.net or 780-915-6972.