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The Bedrock of Aviation—Standard Operating Procedures… Consider the Variables!

Aviation is all about standard operating procedures and their more-beloved acronym “SOP.” With the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on staffing levels, operators have had to make some hard decisions, whose impact may not be readily apparent. This article illuminates the risk in assuming SOPs are, in fact, standards.

Posted on October 30, 2020
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The Journey to the New Normal: is Your Organization Prepared to Resume Operations?

In hindsight, it is fair to say that the world was ill‐prepared to cope with the COVID‐19 pandemic. Although not commeasurable to the Black Death of the 14th century or…

Posted on April 29, 2020
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Aviation Operations in the Year of the Coronavirus

During these uncertain times, employers are relying on their internal programs to assure employees and customers alike that operations can and will be conducted in a safe manner but with…

Posted on March 23, 2020
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The Bedrock of Aviation–Integrity

The key to improving aviation safety isn’t simply having a well-designed and implemented SMS. That program must be supported by engaged leadership and adhered to with integrity. Learn what that means.

Posted on March 2, 2020
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Raising Awareness to Assure System Safety

Marshalling Signals and the Need to Look Beyond the Aircraft As the next installment in the series on Assuring System Safety, we will examine the age-old topic of aircraft marshalling….

Posted on July 5, 2019
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Working to Assure System Safety

Managing a flight department today requires teamwork to assure compliance with the multitude of regulations impacting the conduct of operations and to assure conformance to corporate policies, voluntary standards, and…

Posted on March 4, 2019
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Are you Ready for Thermal-Runaway?

Thermal runaway has been on our radar for a while, as you will surely remember the Japan Airlines B-787 that caught fire while sitting on the ramp in 2013. Thus…

Posted on October 5, 2018
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Do You Think You’re Ready? An Inside Look at Gaining the Most Benefit From an Audit

After a recent independent operational safety audit conducted on a high-profile flight department, the director of aviation commented that he and his team learned more about their “books” and contents…

Posted on May 9, 2018
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Eliminating Confusion within your SMS – SPIs, SPTs vs KPIs

For those operators within IBAC’s IS-BAO and IS-BAH programs who are voluntarily developing and implementing a Safety Management System (SMS) to move above mere regulatory requirements, IBAC standard enhancements over…

Posted on December 8, 2017