NBAA Introduction to SMS Workshop

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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 (ICAO) 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 ICAO Member states to begin implementation of these standards is November 2010. Annex 6 Part 1 of the ICAO Standards, applicable to commercial operators, required Member states to indicate their plans for compliance beginning on January 1, 2009.

The workshop, offered January 25–27, is a two and one half 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.

During the workshop, attendees will be provided with guidance on how to utilize the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) SMS Toolkit. The Toolkit is designed to take operators through the complete SMS implementation process and provides many valuable tools and reference materials.

Participants are expected to bring their own copy of the SMS Toolkit. The Toolkit is included with purchase of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and may also be ordered as a stand alone product. Attendees that have not purchased IS-BAO or the SMS Toolkit may do so during the online registration process.

For More Information

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

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