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Aviation Safety Management Systems (ASMS 18-3)

February 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am - March 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm


Course Description

A Safety Management System (SMS) is now a requirement for international commercial aircraft operators, international airports, and air traffic services. The standards and implementing procedures for SMS have been established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). All 191 countries that are members of ICAO have established or are establishing regulatory requirements for the implementation of SMS. This course teaches how organizations can establish a SMS within the context of their current safety system that meets the basic international standards of ICAO. The SMS Framework serves as a central foundation for this course.

SMS is a safety system by which an organization takes a more active role in the identification, analysis and mitigation of safety issues that occur in the normal operation of their organization. SMS requires that organizational management take responsibility for the company’s safety program. The SMS approach requires the safety/quality team be educated in their duties and responsibilities. This course will provide you with the essential skills needed to manage an organizational Safety Management System (SMS). Emphasis is placed on management skills. The attendee will be able to manage a Safety Management System that includes risk management, audits, data collection, analysis, and incident investigations.

This course is designed for the individual responsible for planning or directing an aviation Safety Management System program. Fundamentals in systems organization and structure provide the individual with the essential skills and methodology needed to plan and manage an effective program. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles of risk management, identifying program development strategies, audits and applying the knowledge toward effective management systems and interoperability with Quality Assurance.


To provide the individual with the skills and practical methods to plan, manage and maintain an effective Aviation Safety Management System (SMS).

Who Should Attend

This course has been carefully designed to appeal to a wide-spectrum of professionals actively involved in aircraft operations. There is a special emphasis for safety managers, training, flight department and maintenance managers and supervisors, pilots, air traffic controllers, dispatchers, and schedulers.

Course Outline

  1. Safety Management Systems (SMS)
    • Accident Prevention Concepts/Methods
    • Safety Systems
    • Safety Risk Management
    • The Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Process
    • Human Factors
    • Root Cause Analysis
    • International Procedures
    • Interaction with Quality Assurance
    • Education and Training
    • Corporate Safety Culture
    • Motivating Safe Behavior
    • Role of Management
    • Safety Climates/Management Styles
    • Cost of Accidents
    • Risk Identification
    • Incident Investigation
    • Change Management Process
    • Risk Management and Risk Assessment
    • Report Writing
    • Airfield Safety
    • Accident Response Planning
    • Audits
    • Safety Analysis
    • Aviation Safety Advisor Duties
  2. Safety Management Systems (SMS)
    • Perception
    • Meaning/Language/Jargon
    • Information Overload
    • Managing Conflict
    • Listening
  3. Medical Issues
    • Fatigue Risk Management Systems
    • Sleep and Fatigue
    • Stress
  4. Ramp/Maintenance Safety
  5. Legal Aspects
    • Official Investigations & Civil Litigation
    • FAA Enforcement
    • International Aviation Safety and Legal Issues
    • Legal Rights of Pilots and Other Aviation Professionals
    • ICAO Annexes 6 and 14
    • ICAO Doc. 9859
    • FAA Advisory Circulars, NPRM’s
  6. Practical Applications/Case Study

Course Duration

9.5 Days

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Published on July 27th, 2017

Last updated on August 1st, 2017


February 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am
March 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm


USC Aviation Safety and Security Program
6033 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045 United States
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