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Safety Management Systems for Managers
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FlightSafety International and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) have co-developed this Safety Management Systems (SMS) course designed for flight department managers and those tasked with developing an SMS. Updated to reflect the current ICAO framework, this online course gives an in-depth introduction to the concepts and processes within Safety Management Systems and covers all aspects of hazard identification, risk management, accident/incident prevention and reporting.

For training for all other flight department personnel, please visit SMS for Aviation Professionals

Course Objectives

Learners will become familiar with and understand the importance of the following topics:

  • Introduction to SMS
    • Defining Safety and SMS
    • ICAO SMS Framework
    • Basics of SMS
  • Making the Case for SMS
    • Evolving perspectives on Safety
    • James Reason's accident causation model
    • The need for SMS from an operational, business and regulatory perspective.
  • Introduction to Safety-Risk Management
    • Classification of risks to determine severity and likelihood
    • Risk management terminology and processes
    • How risk management forms the cornerstone of an SMS
    • Customizing an SMS to manage the key hazards faced by an operation
  • The Components of an SMS
    • Safety Policy and Objectives
    • Safety Risk Management
    • Safety Assurance
    • SMS Training and Education
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Mitigation
    • Conducting a hazard analysis
    • The SHEL model
  • Ongoing Safety-Risk Management Activities
    • Safety Assurance Tools and Considerations
    • Emergency response planning
  • Designing and Implementing an SMS
    • Performing an SMS gap analysis
    • Creating a safety-risk profile
    • SMS Implementation Planning
  • Using an SMS
    • Relationship between culture and safety
    • Continuous improvement of safety performance
    • Making risk assessment a way of life
Features &
  • The course has been updated to reflect the current ICAO framework
  • Provides a thorough understanding of Safety Management Systems and what is needed to develop and maintain one
  • Suitable for managers and those tasked with developing an SMS
  • Developed by internationally recognized SMS experts with extensive aviation and instructional backgrounds
  • Benefits flight departments and on-demand charter operators that have an SMS or are in the process of SMS implementation
  • Available anytime and anywhere via the internet
  • Interactive, engaging, self-paced course that uses "Think About It" questions with diagnostic feedback to introduce learning objectives
  • Valuable to IS-BAO-registered operators or those working toward IS-BAO implementation
  • Resource documents available for download, including an extensive SMS Guidance Manual
  • Many user friendly enhancements including a search engine, glossary, bookmarks, notepad and more
  • Obtain a FlightSafety/IBAC Certificate of Completion
Additional Information
  • Price: $380 USD/person
  • Target Audience: Flight department managers and those tasked with developing an SMS
  • Regulatory Requirements: The SMS course will provide a means for operators to meet their SMS training requirements, as specified in the ICAO and IS-BAO SMS standards, for all personnel involved in the operation
  • Duration: 5.0 hours
  • Delivery: 100% web-delivered and self-paced
  • Credit: Once you have completed the course, you are awarded a FlightSafety International/IBAC certificate of completion. If you are an existing FlightSafety customer, you can also pick up your record of training in myFlightSafety.