NBAA Safety Management System Workshops

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The use of Safety Management Systems (SMS) by business aircraft operators to proactively identify and manage risks is an important part of the safety strategy for business aviation. Under a formalized SMS, operators identify potential hazards and ensure that a process is put in place to effectively manage them.

The International Civil Aviation Organization Standards found in Annex 6, Part 2 specify that a SMS requirement be incorporated into national safety regulations for operators of non-commercial aircraft over 12,500 pounds maximum takeoff weight or turbojet powered aircraft. The compliance date for these standards is November 2010. Annex 6 Part 1 of the ICAO Standards required compliance beginning on January 1, 2009 for commercial operators.

The first workshop, Introduction to SMS, offered March 2-3 is a two-day event that covers the basics of aviation safety and SMS concepts. The workshop includes presentations, discussions, and group exercises. The target audience is aviation management personnel in operations, maintenance, safety and other areas that may be involved in SMS development.

The second workshop is the SMS Toolkit Workshop offered on March 4. It is designed to address the SMS implementation and development process. This workshop is intended to be a one day event for operators that are planning to utilize the IBAC SMS Toolkit.

Participants in the SMS Toolkit Workshop must have an understanding of the basic principles of safety management systems. This can be obtained through attending the Introduction to SMS Workshop or other formal SMS training.

For More Information

For more information, contact NBAA’s Scott O’Brien at (202) 783-9451 or

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