Safety Management Systems In The Aviation Industry

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Aviation Safety Systems


SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Safety Management Systems in the Aviation Industry


This topic area covers the second and third sessions. Now that some of the basic terms and concepts associated with safety management systems and risk management have been discussed, it is important to outline what a safety management system encompasses, and the benefits it can bring when implemented and maintained within an organisation such as an airline. Not only must organisations be aware of operational issues such as scheduling, crewing, and administration, but all staff members must be made aware of the importance of implementing measures to identify, analyse, and monitor safety
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Flight Safety Foundation, 2002, Flight Safety Foundation organizational chart, [accessed January 2002] GAIN Programme, 2000, Operators Flight Safety Handbook, ASFA Safety Management Program Resource Pack. Maurino, D., Reason, J., Johnston, N. and Lee, R. 1995, Beyond Aviation Human Factors, Avebury Aviation, England

Aviation Safety Systems


Mein, D.T.E. 2001, Employing safety management systems as part of a performance-based regulatory regime, Air Traffic Management, July/August, pp. 22-26 Nav Canada, 2001, Corporate Safety Plan 2001-2002, [accessed January 2002] O’Connor Airlines, 1999, OASIS Fieldbook; Airmanship Resource Management, Operations Manual OFB-005, Australia Reason, J. 1998, Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents, Ashgate, England Royal Aeronautical Society, 2002, About the RAeS, [accessed January 2002] Shell Group of Companies, 1999, Aviation Safety Management Policy, Shell International Limited, London Wood, R.H. 1997, Aviation Safety Program; A Management Handbook, Snohomish, Washington


ADDITIONAL READINGS – all Australian legislation, as well as court case results are available on this site in full.

Assessment Progress

The information presented within this session, as well as the handouts, are the foundation for the first assessment. The
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