Flight schools in most parts of the world are required to have formal aviation safety management systems (SMS). Flight schools are commonly considered non-complex operations; therefore, their SMS programs are not required to be sophisticated.
By their very nature, flight schools operate in considerably risky environments when one considers the machine and the inexperienced "man." Damaged aircraft and occasional "close calls" occur due to negligence or lack of understanding potential risks.
Flight school owners must mitigate these risks to enhance safety and ensure profitable operations. If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it.
Fortunately, flight schools have motivated personnel and students to timely report hazards. This becomes the first opportunity to measure and manage risk.
Inexperienced students are unable to properly identify all hazards. This presents an excellent opportunity to educate the "students."
The flight school hazard reporting and risk management system allows flight schools to:
To understand what is a Flight School SMS system, it is better to break down the individual components of this system, which are based on the Hazard Reporting Solution. These components include:
These components benefit flight schools. For example,
Finally, graphical reports allow cadre and flight school management to make informed decisions to minimize risk and reduce recurrence of accidents and incidents.
For our discussion, an accident, incident or hazard will be called an issue. This flight school hazard reporting and risk management system is designed to allow students and flight instructors to enter "reported issues." In most cases today, Web-based forms offer the best solution for users to report issues into the safety database. This system will then notify a responsible person of the issue either by email or text.
The most common approaches for students and flight instructors to report issues include:
Hazard definition: Hazards are anything that can potentially harm any of the following elements:
Accident definition: An accident is an unintended event that causes damage to persons or property.
Incident definition: An incident is an unintended event posing potential to cause damage to persons or property
SMS Pro comes with a complete online video training library. This video training library is visible to all students and flight instructors.
On request, NWDS can provide quality aviation SMS training on our aviation safety management products. Our qualified partners are also qualified to teach the fundamentals of SMS while also instructing on our Web-based aviation safety management software.
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