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AAP Introduction

Safety Management Systems do not produce income – they prevent having to spend it. They are an investment in the long term health of an organisation that produce efficiency and promote safety. When these outcomes are met, the operation excels in every way.

When an SMS is tuned correctly it provides a means to store corporate safety knowledge. Having available a properly documented corporate safety knowledge allows a move away from experiential learning, towards a more robust and reliable method of safety knowledge transfer.

This course aims to explain and demonstrate:

  • How SMS has evolved
  • The link between ICAO and SMS in Australia/NZ
  • The SMS framework – the structure of AAP SMS
  • The integration of Human Factors and safety culture into SMS
  • How Airbus AP integrate SMS into other systems
  • How Airbus AP utilise SMS
  • The practical application of SMS concepts
  • Safety leadership and other SMS considerations.

The Airbus defined objectives over this two day course are to:

  1. Provide all senior managers, department managers and those with SMS responsibilities with training regarding their roles, responsibilities, accountabilities and authorities as they pertain to safety management;
  2. Enable all levels of management to foster, promote and actively develop a positive safety culture;
  3. Apply knowledge of Human Factors to organisational safety;
  4. Understand safety & quality assurance through gemba walks and internal and vendor audits;
  5. Effectively manage reports received from the AIRS;
  6. Understand and apply Safety Risk Management to long-range planning and the management of change;
  7. Develop effective risk controls which include monitoring, follow-up and communication of lessons learned; and to understand managers’ roles and responsibilities during accident investigation.

We’ve come a long way since Louis Bleriot’s first crossing of the English Channel in 1909!

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… Blériot’s manager and great friend, Alfred Leblanc, started the 25-horsepower engine of his frail-looking mechanical dragonfly. The plane, still caked in mud from its last flight and looking very weather-beaten, instantly came to life and now the intrepid pilot, dressed in the blue overalls of the French workman, replete with oil stains, adjusted his goggles and did up his top button. Blériot had just one last question for Leblanc, and he shouted it over the sound of the engine… ‘Au fait, ou est-ce exactement, Douvres?‘ (By the way, where exactly is Dover?) …Leblanc pointed rather vaguely over the misty waters in a more or less north-westerly direction, and with that Blériot gave the order: ‘Laissez aller!’ (Let ‘er rip!)

Exert from Charles Kingsford Smith And Those Magnificent Men by Peter Fitzsimons

 The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) sets the standard for aviation safety management. ICAO member states such as Australia must ensure operators implement an acceptable safety management system.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) sets the standard for aviation safety management. ICAO member states such as Australia/NZ must ensure operators implement an acceptable safety management system.
Australia has committed to following ICAO recommendations with respect to SMS. Under the new Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, Australian and New Zealand aviation will be required to implement SMS and integrate Human Factors into their organisations