Jason Starke

A former corporate pilot and United States Air Force veteran, Captain Jason Starke is an expert on aviation safety and operations. He served as Safety Management and Integration (SM&I) Operations Manager for Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. until 2014.

At the time of his leaving, Jason had more than 21 total years of aviation experience. Prior to joining Universal®, he had led his previous employer's SMS and emergency response plan implementation. While at Universal, he became a member of the NBAA Safety Committee and presented on safety management at various industry events. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in meteorology and a master's degree in aviation, with specializations in safety and operations.

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Helicopter Safety: Part 2 – Compliance Considerations

Helicopter Safety: Part 2 – Compliance Considerations

While these new helicopter safety rules go into effect April 22, 2014, there will be something of a grace period in terms of record-keeping and rule implementation. Best practice, at this point, is to carefully review all aspects of the new rules and develop a compliance plan [...]

April 30, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Helicopter Safety: Part 1 – New Regulations to Mitigate Risk

Helicopter Safety: Part 1 – New Regulations to Mitigate Risk

New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) helicopter safety rules go into effect April 22, 2014. There will likely be a certain amount of confusion within the rotor wing marketplace when these new rules become active. Many of these new regulations [...]

April 23, 2014 | 3 Comments More
Aviation SMS Manuals – What Should be Included, Part 2: Beginning the Process

Aviation SMS Manuals – What Should be Included, Part 2: Beginning the Process

Your aviation Safety Management System (SMS) Manual needs to be a “living, breathing” document. It should not only reflect the reality of your corporate culture today but accommodate ongoing “tweaks” to the safety consciousness of your organization in future […]

November 26, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Aviation SMS Manuals – What Should be Included, Part 1: Essential Elements

Aviation SMS Manuals – What Should be Included, Part 1: Essential Elements

For business aircraft operators, probably one of the least appealing and least “flashy” elements of the Safety Management System (SMS) model is the documentation of processes and procedures, otherwise known as “the manual.” Even writing about the SMS Manual conjures up remedies for insomnia. Regardless […]

November 19, 2013 | 1 Comment More
IS-BAO is Voluntary – an Added Value

IS-BAO is Voluntary – an Added Value

In previous articles on aviation safety management, we have alluded to the relationship between Safety Management Systems (SMSs) and 3rd-party audit standards, such as the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard (IAS). However, based on feedback we are hearing from the industry [...]

May 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Safety Management: Practical Drift and Your Flight Operation

Safety Management: Practical Drift and Your Flight Operation

The other day I was reading a gripping autobiographical speech delivered by a rather understated aviation icon. This individual experienced a stunning career in aviation, ranging from aerobatics to airline flying, and rubbed elbows with some of the most famous aviation icons in his time. Despite the many pointed stories [...]

February 27, 2013 | 1 Comment More
SMS/IS-BAO Considerations for Schedulers & Dispatchers — Part 2: Implementing SMS

SMS/IS-BAO Considerations for Schedulers & Dispatchers — Part 2: Implementing SMS

It’s important to take your time and do due diligence in implementing and managing an aviation safety management system (SMS). SMS needs to become integral to your overall corporate culture in order to achieve optimal performance and avoid potential pitfalls that could undermine and degrade the SMS system [...]

January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments More
SMS/IS-BAO Considerations for Schedulers and Dispatchers - Part 1: Understanding SMS

SMS/IS-BAO Considerations for Schedulers and Dispatchers – Part 1: Understanding SMS

Safety Management System (SMS) regulations have been implemented in various States around the world, and the expectation is that in the next five years, many more States will follow suit. Initially, these regulations will impact those States’ registered scheduled and non-scheduled (charter) commercial operations [...]

January 23, 2013 | 1 Comment More
SMS – Idealistic Benefits for 3rd-Party Industry Standards

Aviation SMS – Idealistic Benefits for 3rd-Party Industry Standards

In our last business aviation blog post on aviation safety management systems (SMS), we discussed the pragmatic benefits of implementing a 3rd-party industry standard, which ranges from receiving a “stylish certificate appropriate for framing” to gaining a spot on a registry that serves as a demonstration [...]

November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments More
SMS: Pragmatic Needs for 3rd-Party Industry Standards

SMS: Pragmatic Needs for 3rd-Party Industry Standards

In a previous post, we discussed the perceived need to implement a 3rd-party industry standard (e.g., International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations [IS-BAO], Air Charter Safety Foundation [ACSF], etc.) in order to implement a Safety Management System (SMS) effectively. [...]

October 23, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Aviation SMS – It’s not a "thing" you purchase

Aviation SMS – It’s not a “thing” you purchase

There are misconceptions in the business aviation industry regarding SMS requirements, how they can be met, and 3rd-party industry audit standards. SMS requirements have been set forth for aircraft operators in ICAO Annex VI, and guidance to meet these performance requirements have been provided in ICAO Document 9859, 2nd Ed. [...]

August 30, 2012 | 2 Comments More
SMS Implementation and Practical Considerations for Business Aviation Operators

SMS Implementation and Practical Considerations for Business Aviation Operators

There’s no easy way to implement an effective Safety Management System (SMS) that will serve your organization well. However, an effective SMS can result in tangible and worthwhile benefits, such as enhanced operational safety and regulatory compliance. In any case, all operators will eventually have to meet [...]

June 6, 2012 | 4 Comments More
Safety Management System Programs for Business Aviation

Understanding SMS Programs for Business Aviation

A Safety Management System (SMS) can be a tricky area and hot topic for many business aviation operators who want to implement a program like it. These operators may have misconceptions about what an SMS actually is, what it means and what it’s supposed to do. While enforcement of this International Civil [...]

April 30, 2012 | 3 Comments More