More and more customers and international authorities are asking for safety management systems from Aircraft Electronics Association members. To satisfy their needs, the AEA has developed a proprietary SMS program designed for maintenance organizations, sized for small businesses and leveraged by the 900-strong repair station membership. This program has been coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Canada Civil Aviation, as well as discussions with the Australian government’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency for future acceptance.
Presented by: Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government & industry affairs.
The training will provide a solid overview of modern safety principles, the International Civil Aviation Organization guidance on SMS implementation and the use and operation of the proprietary AEA SMS program.
This training program is mandatory for a repair station’s accountable manager or SMS coordinator (if designated) in order to enroll a repair station in the AEA SMS program.
Many AEA member companies have been introduced to the FAA’s new “buzzword” of SAS, or Safety Assurance System. The concepts of SAS are not new or novel, nor are they especially burdensome. They do, however, require a new vocabulary and, in particular, require a new view of your business.
According to the FAA, “The SAS policy and procedure provide aviation safety inspectors with standardized protocols to evaluate certificate holder programs required by regulations to be approved or accepted.” The FAA continues that “SAS is a system safety approach to oversight based on our policy. The FAA follows a regulatory policy, which recognizes the obligation of the certificate holder to maintain the highest possible degree of safety.”
System safety is not new to the AEA, and the AEA Safety Management System is based on the same principles of system safety as demonstrated in the FAA’s Safety Assurance System.
Safety is defined as “the state in which the risk of harm to people or property damage is reduced to and maintained at or below an acceptable level through a continuing process of hazard identification and risk management.” You cannot separate the oversight of safety in one program from safety oversight in another program. The AEA SMS training will not only review the principles of system safety and the application of SMS, but also the parallels and similarities with the FAA’s new SAS oversight of repair stations.
So whether you are interested in implementing your Safety Management System or simply getting a better understanding of the principles of the Safety Assurance System, this training has been designed for you.