Safety Management System (SMS)

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Through the use of Safety Management Systems (SMS), business aircraft operators can proactively identify and manage risks. Under a formalized SMS, operators identify potential hazards and ensure that a process is put in place to effectively manage them.

SMS News

NTSB Lauds Business Aviation at Hearing on GA Safety
June 26, 2012
At a recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing on general aviation (GA) safety, NTSB Chair Deborah A. P. Hersman pointed to business aviation’s stellar safety record as an example for other segments of the industry. The NTSB did not include business flying safety in its two-day hearings because of that industry segment’s already-enviable safety record. The latest available figures from long-time industry analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates, Inc. show the 2010 corporate flying accident rate at just .007 per 100,000 flight hours. For airlines that year, the accident rate was 0.016. “Business aviation's safety record reflects the community’s voluntary adoption of very high standards,” said Doug Carr, NBAA vice president, safety, security, operations and regulation. “One accident is too many, and the only way to extend this safety record is by advancing our safety knowledge, culture and commitment.” Read more on the industry’s safety record.
A First for Australian Business Aviation
June 25, 2012
Australia's Revesco Aviation received its International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 2 certification by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) in May, just two months after receiving its IS-BAO Stage 1 accreditation. It is the first Australian business aviation operator to record that achievement. The Australian Business Aircraft Association (ABAA) hailed this achievement as a boost for both IS-BAO and ABAA members. "This was a trail blazing achievement, in the true spirit of Western Australian entrepreneurship at the time, and paved the way for several other Australian companies who have since gained IS-BAO registration. Accreditation with Stage 2 IS-BAO is most significant and marks another milestone for Revesco," ABAA Executive Director David Bell said. Read more about business aviation in Australia.
New Online Tool Helps Identify Flight Risks
November 7, 2011
A free online Flight Risk Awareness Tool (FRAT) has been developed to help flightcrews quickly assess threats to safety for a particular flight. Developed as part of a study, the FRAT presents operators with an easy-to-understand summary of the risks associated with each mission. No identifying data is collected in order to produce a risk analysis and operators can try the tool before putting it to use before a live flight. For additional information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at [email protected]. Access the Flight Risk Analysis Tool.
FAA Recognizes IS-BAO as Meeting ICAO SMS Standards
April 18, 2011
The FAA issued InFO 11010 on April 11, 2011, encouraging general aviation (GA) operators to implement a safety management system (SMS) and providing information on SMS resources. The FAA does not currently require GA operators to establish an SMS, but aviation authorities in several other countries are imposing such requirements, as directed by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. In the InFO, the FAA recognizes the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) as an SMS validation program that meets ICAO standards. Jointly developed by the International Business Aviation Council and NBAA, IS-BAO is a worldwide standard with over 500 registered operators. View the InFO.
Is SMS Worthwhile? Study Explores the Question
April 8, 2011
A five-year, data-driven study of 58 flight departments – conducted by the Van Allen Group and presented at NBAA’s 19th Annual Leadership Conference in San Diego last February – shows a correlation between management buy-in for a Safety Management System (SMS) plan and a flight department’s accident or safety event history. Learn more.
FAA Withdraws ANPRM for SMS Proposal Citing Focus on Part 121 SMS Proposed Rulemaking
March 21, 2011
While it may have brought sighs of relief from many Par impact of the FAA’s decision last week to withdraw an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on safety management systems (SMS) remains unclear. And it doesn’t mean that the issue goes away, since the FAA may decide to revisit the issue later on. In the interim, NBAA Members may find it worthwhile to implement a voluntary SMS as a best practice, even if they operate solely in the U.S. Learn more.