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SMS for Executives

What is a Safety Management System?

A Safety Management System (SMS) is a business-like approach to safety. It is an explicit, comprehensive and proactive process for managing risks that integrates operations and technical systems with financial and human resource management. An aviation SMS contains key elements that enhance the management of the business, manage associated risks and reduce costly accidents. The key to effective accident prevention in aviation is a systematic approach. In keeping with all management systems, an SMS also allows organisations to set goals, plan, and measure performance for continuous improvement. Continuous improvement can be achieved by monitoring system effectiveness and taking action to improve the system where required. This active monitoring means that organisations can address system failures even before an accident occurs. As a result, they are proactive instead of merely reacting after an event has already occurred, as with the reactive prescriptive program.

Senior management commitment to actively promote and support safety management activities is critical. Any program will fail without support from the top. Hence, senior management, Post Holders, and the Accountable Executive must have a sound understanding and awareness of their roles and responsibilities in supporting the SMS and building a culture of safety.

Course Outline

This course provides a high-level overview of Safety Management Systems; the key role management play; and typical SMS requirements and activities.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Safety Management Systems
  • Incident reporting requirements of the SMS
  • The roles of personnel in Safety Management
  • Importance of Management of Change & Safety Assurance activities
  • Safety review requirements 
  • Typical reports provided to the Safety Review Board
  • Overview of Emergency Response Programs

Who should attend?

This training session is aimed at providing the Accountable Executive with a high-level understanding of the SMS and its relationship to the organisation‘s overall business strategy.

Personnel from air operators, airports, ANS providers, maintenance organisations, insurance or other operational professionals. 

- Accountable Executive
- Nominated Personnel (i.e., Postholders)

- Chief Operating Officer (COO)

- Accountable Manager



Workshop Duration, Location and Tuition

Workshop Duration: 1 day.

Location: Various locations – In-house available.

Fee: $275.00 USD


10% Discount when 6 or more participants from the same company (on the same invoice) are registered.


Our instructors are experts in implementing and auditing SMS within various sectors of the aviation industry, including airlines, airports, corporate aviation, air traffic services. 

Instructors include:

John Dutcher | Mike Doiron | David Walsh

All courses taught in English language.

Customised in-house training also available.

Our courses can be delivered to your offices and tailored to your organisation's needs. If you have a group of 5 or more individuals for this course, please contact us and we will provide you with information about bringing this course to your offices at a time convenient for you and your staff.

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