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SMS Guidelines & Requirements

“As of November 23, 2006 States shall require, as part of their safety programme, that an [operator, maintenance organization, ATS provider, certified aerodrome] implements a safety management system (SMS) accepted by the State that, as a minimum:
  • Identifies safety hazards.
  • Ensures that remedial action necessary to maintain an acceptable level of safety is implemented.
  • Provides for continuous monitoring and regular assessment of the safety level achieved.
  • Aims to make continuous improvement to the overall level of safety.” 

On June 22, 2006, AC 120-92 was published establishing the guidelines for the use of safety management systems (SMS) in the aviation industry. This AC is non-regulatory in nature and intended to provide guidance to aviation industry participants (air carrier certificate holders, program managers, operators, repair stations, etc.) in the development and/or use of an SMS. 

At the core of the IS-BAO is a company Safety Management System (SMS). The IS-BAO requires that flight departments implement an SMS. The goal of the SMS is to manage safety risks effectively.
Guidelines have been developed to assist business aircraft operators to:
  • identify the hazards and categorize the risks related to their operations,
  • develop and document mitigations,
  • track and measure the results of their activities.


 Many of the largest energy and resources companies are requiring that thier contract aviation 

About Aviation Safety Mangement Systems

Safety Benefits of an Aviation SMS. The business aviation SMS is a quality management approach to controlling flight-related risks. It also support a sounds safety culture for healthy aviation organizations. Quality aviation SMS programs should form the core of your company’s safety efforts. Modern Web-based SMS systems can also serve as the most efficient means to interface with FAA certificate oversight offices. Aviation SMS programs provide management with accessible tools for monitoring safety-related processes.

Business Benefits of an SMS. Developing and implementing an aviation SMS can give aviation service management a structured set of tools to meet their legal responsibilities while also providing significant business benefits. Aviation SMS incorporates operational risk profiling with internal evaluation and quality assurance concepts resulting in more structured management and continuous improvement of operational processes. Our aviation SMS system has been designed to allow the integration of safety efforts into aviation departments' business processes and to integrate with other systems such as quality, security, and compliance control systems aviation operators might already have in place.







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