Applied Aviation Safety Case Study

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Applied Aviation Safety The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the mission of “providing the safest and most efficient aerospace system in the world” (FAA, n.d.). In order to accomplish this mission, they analyze information from many sources and determine where safety needs improvement in the aviation industry and then look for solutions to the issues. In 2006, the FAA wrote AC 120-92, Introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Air Operators, to establish a voluntary system were air carriers could deliberately incorporate safety programs into their daily operations. The SMS program is based on four pillars of safety; 1) Safety policy and objectives, 2) Safety risk management, 3) Safety assurance, and 4) Safety promotion (FAA, …show more content…
It defines the methods, processes and internal organizational structure that is needed to meet the company’s safety goals (Rodriguez, 2012). The top management a company is already familiar with strategic planning, analyzing data, and setting goals for the organization to reach. This makes them the logical choice for developing the organization’s safety program. However, this choice also has some drawbacks if the CEO and Board of Directors are not aviators, as they may not have a firsthand knowledge of the specific issues that are dealt with on a daily basis in their company. Good managers will overcome this weakness by gathering knowledgeable employees, from various levels and fields in the business, around them and forming a committee to brainstorm issues and solutions. Then they will take the committees information and use, along with FAA guidance, it to develop safety programs, procedures, and policies in their company (Wheelen, …show more content…
A program is only as good as the people that are using it, and contributing to it. A good SMS program should be reviewed periodically and allow for new hazards and controls to be added to it; it is like a child, growing and developing over many years of careful nurturing. Programs that are interactive encourage both employees and managers to contribute to the overall safety of the organization. When people feel that their voice matters, and they are making a difference, they are more apt to use the SMS

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