This post is part of a series on safety management systems for business aviation.
Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) are an ICAO requirement. By not having a verifiable SMS in place, business jet operators may face denial of landing permits and other issues. As this requirement will eventually impact all business jet operators, both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial), now is the time to begin the process of SMS implementation to conform with ICAO standards.
In order to properly implement and maintain your SMS program, you will need to select an SMS solution that best fits your operation. A comprehensive SMS solution will include components such as educational programs, software systems to integrate technological solutions, and access to SMS subject- matter experts, auditors, and quality-assurance personnel.
Because selecting an SMS solution can be complex, we have developed the following worksheet to assist you in determining the best solution for your operation:
After using this worksheet, let us know what you think. Does it meet your needs, or did we miss something? Share your thoughts by commenting below. It will help us improve this tool.
About Christine Vamvakas
An FAA-Licensed Dispatcher, Christine Vamvakas is an expert in all areas of trip support services, including TSA Waivers, international visa requirements, aircraft fuel ranges, operations in Greece, and charter operations throughout Europe. A native of Greece, Christine is fluent in Greek and has more than a decade’s experience working in trip support services with Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Having served as Master Trip Owner and Team Lead for Universal’s Charter Management Team, Christine has facilitated thousands of international trip legs and uses that experience in her role as Universal’s Thought Leadership Manager. Her expert commentary has been included in multiple business aviation publications.
You can reach Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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