This program was designed by chief pilots and directors of aviation who were faced with staffing constraints, but still wanted to fully benefit from a robust SMS.
The SAFE program provides turn-key SMS management that includes training, data collection and analysis, trend monitoring, weekly safety training bulletins, FRAT and FOQA review, full documentation, reports, investigations, corrective action plans, and provides quarterly IEP protocols.
In addition to those deliverables, we will perform an annual safety performance assessment (SPA) virtually, using industry SMS standards found in AC120-92B, Part 5.
One of the most important components of your SMS is Safety Promotion, which keeps the focus where it belongs, on hazard awareness and mitigation.
Using our weekly bulletin service takes the burden of creating interesting, timely and concise safety training material off your plate and is the most cost effective way we know of to chip away at complacency.
One subscription covers your entire operation, no matter how many employees you have. And, if you need initial or recurrent SMS training, we can send you the training as part of your subscription.
The single most important thing you need to do before you start the process is get some basic training.
We provide initial and recurrent SMS training onsite for all of our programs and provide additional training for your designated SMS Coordinator on request.
Our practical training programs are based on nearly 20 years of hands-on SMS experience, and simplifies the entire process, which increases the probability it will be used by your staff.
We can provide any level of training you need onsite or virtually.
There currently is no pathway to have your SMS "approved" by the FAA or anybody else. The solution is to utilize a provision found in ISO 9001/9100 Quality Management Standards that allows operators to seek self-declaration by a party external to the organization, often referred to as, confirmation of conformity declaration.
We've done hundreds of these audits and while the process is rigorous, it is a team building opportunity that raises your level of safety performance substantially.
The process starts well in advance of our arrival onsite and we will review your manuals and policies prior to the audit. We recommend you assign one to two of your team to work beside us as we go through the process.
Our audit protocols follow AC120-92B and Part 5 for flight departments and AC120/150-37A subpart E for airports.
Some operators will have the staff and experience to self-implement the SMS, which can take up to 1380 labor hours according to FAA estimates.
SMS project management has a steep learning curve, one that can largely be avoided with the right guidance.
The good news is, the guidance material is free and available online. The bad news is, it is easily mis-interpreted leading to errors, omissions and ultimately to disappointing results.
That's why we provide operators our project management methodology that takes you step by step through the complex process of SMS implementation, with the added benefit of being available by phone whenever you need us or have a question. That partnership ensures a successful implementation in a fraction of the time you'll spend going it alone.
Larger aviation service providers such as Part 21 and 145 companies will soon be required to adopt and implement SMS per FAA CFR's as Part 121 and 139 were.
Many of those companies already have QMS, QA and inspection departments in place, which will make the addition of SMS a simple formality.
The key for this group will be to establish the SMS as a stand-alone safety program rather than attempting to integrate into existing management systems.
Our team can assist these organizations by providing various levels of support and implementation programs, from planning to full turn-key, train the trainer programs, initial and recurrent training, manual development, hazard registries, IEP programs as well as confirmation of conformity audits.
Our planning process includes an onsite visit (virtually) followed by 40 hours to develop manuals, registries, IEP, and training program, followed by 3 to 5 days onsite to fully implement the program to completion and provide initial training.
Contact us for a detailed proposal.