In November 2010, operators of non-commercial aircraft over 12,500 pounds maximum takeoff weight or turbojet powered aircraft will be required to have an approved functional Safety Management System (SMS) in order to fly internationally. Specifically, there are 189 member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and U.S. operators will need to comply with SMS specific regulations in order to fly to those countries. All flight operations within the United States will be required to have an SMS in the near future as well but a date has not yet been announced.
In addition to the regulatory issues, a formal SMS allows a flight department to proactively identify, assess, mitigate, and document risks inherent in an individual operation. In short, a proactive and purposeful SMS will enhance the safety and efficiency of your flight operation.
Safety Management System Implementation
At Strategy Aero Group, a dedicated Safety Officer will assist your flight department in the process of development of your own SMS. At the end of the process, the manuals and SMS are owned by your flight department and follow on support is only necessary if desired. Features of our program include:
- SMS GAP Analysis.
- SMS overview for all employees.
- SMS implementation.
- IS-BAO compliant SMS manual customized to your operation.
- Emergency Response Plan.
- Operational Safety Review prior to audit.
- Post Audit SMS support if requested.
Safety Management System Audit
Strategy Aero Group has auditors located in Northern and Southern California as well as in its NE regional office in Connecticut. The principle objectives of the audit are:
- To determine that the flight department is in conformity with the IS-BAO standards.
- To observe and assess the flight department adherence to the recommended practices contained in the IS-BAO.
- To assist the flight department in identifying any safety deficiencies.
- To observe upon and make recommendations to the Standards Board regarding potential changes to the IS-BAO standards.