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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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 […]
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 […]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]