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Aviation Mastery or Minimums… What’s Your Safety Standard?

In the realm of professional aviation, each of us carries a mantle of tremendous responsibility for the other souls with whom we share the airspace, our families and colleagues, our companies and employers and, of course, ourselves. The consequences of a serious misstep in our profession can have a finality that renders the statement, “I will do better next time” meaningless.

Posted on November 2, 2021
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SMS for the Small Operator

“I know that there are those who complain that they’re too small for a Safety Management System (SMS). Or that it’s too costly. Or that they don’t have time. One by one: No one and no company is too small for a SMS. The cost of a SMS is far less than the cost of an accident.”

Posted on April 30, 2021
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Enhancing Aviation’s Value & Relevance in Today’s Pandemic Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic has violently disrupted nearly everything we previously considered “normal.” Who could have imagined that during the middle of March 2020, the business world would be so dramatically and radically changed?

Posted on January 12, 2021
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The “New Normal” in Aviation Safety

Much is being written these days about the shifting of “normalcy,”’ given the global COVID-19 pandemic. What we have come to understand as “normal” in business aviation today has changed dramatically in just a few short months.

Posted on August 3, 2020
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Culture: The Foundation of a Safety Management System (SMS)

Detection vs. Prevention Much has been written about the key elements of a Safety Management System (SMS). According to the FAA, the key components are: Safety Policy – Establishes management’s…

Posted on March 26, 2020
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Enhancing the Value of Safety Management Systems Metrics

When it comes to aviation metrics, “What gets measured gets improved.” While this is a seemingly simple statement, the big question is: Are your aviation organization’s safety management system metrics…

Posted on September 10, 2019
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Process in the Post-IS-BAO World

Recently, I asked a successful aviation director what the most significant driver of operational performance is in his flight department. He said that the most significant advances in performance were…

Posted on July 18, 2019
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Is Your Flight Department Stuck? Create an Operating Plan in 12 Steps

Your flight department is likely very successful, having advanced through the stages of the IS-BAO registration process to Stage 2 or 3. Your safety record is outstanding and you seem…

Posted on March 4, 2019
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Why You Need a “Business Aircraft Use Policy”

In today’s era of IS-BAO, most flight departments have a well-defined and documented Flight Operations Manual, which clearly outlines the safe and efficient operation of the aircraft. But many companies…

Posted on September 10, 2018