SMS Development

Safety Management Systems (SMS) have advanced significantly in the past decade, and have become a more common addition to aviation operators. They capture the formal policies and procedures that an operator uses to keep their aircraft and crew safe. While there is an element of overlap with the other OHSA elements of the company, these processes are focused purely on the operation of the aircraft and the people working with them.

While it is possible to buy an “off the shelf” SMS product, even if they have been designed for specific types of operations they will never fit exactly. Other operators and flight departments prefer to build their own SMS from scratch using the free tools that have been made available by the FAA and other aviation bodies. But, what is the true value of either of these solutions?

The Squadron believes that the best SMS is developed internally, as it is then shape to fit exactly what the operator is doing, and the people within the organization (which are the people that the SMS is for) have more “buy in” to the whole system. An SMS “toolkit” can only take you so far, no matter how good it is or you are.

Our consultants provide you with the knowledge and experience to develop your SMS into a relevant, streamlined and effective approach to managing safety in your organization. We will help design the plan for your SMS, assist in the drafting of the documents, guide you through the risk analysis processes, and be there when it comes time to start deploying the SMS throughout your organization.

You are the experts in your specific operation, and The Squadron has the experts in managing safety in aviation, together you have the perfect team to develop an SMS that will give real value and make a difference.

Who would this be suitable for?

  • All types of air operators and flight departments
  • Particularly suited to specialist helicopter operators

What is normally involved?

  • An appropriately qualified and experienced Squadron Mentor is assigned
  • On site visit to operator to get to know the organization
  • Assess current safety processes in place (formally and informally)
  • Establish immediate needs and long term SMS goals
  • Construct SMS development plan
  • Provide mentoring through the risk analysis process
  • Work with operator to draft SMS or amend current SMS
  • Additional safety training provided as required