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Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS)


6-Week Online Course Facilitated by Pat Duggins, Senior Aviation Consultant

This Online Course has simplified the complex SMS Information by combining the regulatory requirements from FAA, ICAO and EASA and provides a path and flow that is easy to follow and comprehend.

This instructor-led online course is developed and facilitated by Pat Duggins, Senior Aviation Consultant. The asynchronous delivery approach will help you attend the course from anywhere, anytime. The course features several learning activities and you will have to complete them in sequential order and progress toward completion. All participants successfully completing this program will get a certificate of completion.

Course Outline

Week 1: Overview of Aviation Safety Management System (SMS)

The aviation industry is experiencing constant change. As technology is developed and applied the safety hazards also change. SMS is only one component of an organization and must exist in every department throughout the organization. Public safety is paramount.

Week 2: Safety Policy

Cultivation of a better understanding and practical application of a Safety Management System Policy. By discussing some different approaches to creating the formal policy and explore key elements. Developing a better understanding of what makes a good formal safety policy and why it demonstrates the commitment of the senior management is import. The key elements of the safety policy form the foundation for the safety management system.

Week 3: Safety Risk Management

Members of the aviation industry are obligated to ensure that the safety risks they face are controlled and achieve their desired safety performance targets. The different processes and sub-process to accomplish the desired safety performance indicators will be offered.  Tools to help expedite the implementation of the processes and lessen the problem presented will be provided.

Week 4: Safety Assurance

Safety assurance processes ensure that safety risk controls achieve their intended objectives and are used to asses operations to identify new hazards. Safety assurance includes continuously monitoring systems of interest and assessing the need for new risk controls, modification of ineffective risk controls, or elimination of those no longer needed due to changes in the operational environment.

Week 5: Safety Promotion

The many different means of promoting the safety is the key to developing a positive safety culture. Safety promotion is accomplished within the organization and extends out to service providers and customers. Influencing the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values of the employees, service providers and customers is a winner for everyone.

Week 6: Human Factors Role in Safety Culture

Human factors play a role in approximately 80% of all accidents and incidents. Removal of the human element in the aviation industry is not possible therefore the science of human factors must be applied to any safety management system.

Facilitated By Pat Duggins, Senior Aviation Consultant

Pat Duggins’ career in the aviation industry spans 37 years and includes work in turbine power plant, aircraft overhaul and component repair and overhaul. He has performed risk assessment for the insurance industry and both corporate and business aircraft owners have utilized his talents. In addition, the US Department of Justice, Department of Transportation and the US Coast Guard have benefited from Pat’s assistance. He has received many awards from the Federal Aviation Administration while maintaining a staff position with the Transportation Safety Institute. He is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics. Additionally, he is a current member in good standing with the NAAA and holds the title of Senior Certified Aircraft Appraiser (NSCA) endorsed by the USPAP. Pat is also a Registered Safety Professional and member in good standing of the International Society of Safety Professionals (ISSP). He has been a keynote speaker for Aviation Safety Conferences throughout the industry. He is certified by the National Aircraft Appraisers Association for aircraft appraisals. The Federal Aviation Administration has certified him to be an Airframe and Power plant mechanic. He is also a proud member of the Cherokee Nation.

Certificate of Completion

All participants successfully completing this program will get a certificate of completion.


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