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“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda
“If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.”
“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser
“No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.”
“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It is the combination of thought and love which forms the irresistible force of the law of attraction.” – Charles Hammel
“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” – Buddha
“People who ask confidently get more than those who are hesitant and uncertain. When you’ve figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness and confidence.” – Jack Canfield
“Whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve.” – W. Clement Stone
“Gratitude is an attitude that hooks us up to our source of supply. And the more grateful you are, the closer you become to your maker, to the architect of the universe, to the spiritual core of your being. It’s a phenomenal lesson.” – Bob Proctor
“You create your own universe as you go along.” – Winston Churchill
“Think the thought until you believe it, and once you believe it, it is.” – Abraham Hicks
“The law of attraction states that whatever you focus on, think about, read about, and talk about intensely, you’re going to attract more of into your life.” – Jack Canfield
“Our idea of who we are creates who we become.” – Mark Victor Hansen
“You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts.” – Brian Tracy
“The law of attraction doesn’t turn off and on, like a light switch. It’s not a subject to fate or fancy. It is a powerful but neutral force that is constantly operational.” – Joe Vitale
“See yourself living in abundance and you will attract it.” – Rhonda Byrne
“Most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again.” – John Assaraf
“You are a creator; you create with your every thought. You often create by default, for you are getting what you are giving your attention to wanted or unwanted but you know by how it feels if what you are getting (creating) is what you are wanting or if it is not what you are wanting.” Abraham Hicks
“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napolean Hill
“Every single second is an opportunity to change your life, because in any moment you can change the way you feel.” – Rhonda Bryne
“Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors where there were walls.” – Joseph Campbell
“You want to become aware of your thoughts, you want to choose your thoughts carefully and you want to have fun with this, because you are the masterpiece of your own life.” – Joe Vitale
“See the things that you want as already yours. Know that they will come to you at need. Then let them come. Don’t fret and worry about them. Don’t think about your lack of them. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession.” – Robert Collier
“To live your greatest life, you must first become a leader within yourself. Take charge of your life, begin attracting and manifesting all that you desire in life.” – Sonia Ricotti
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.” – Ghandi
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.” – Henry Ford
“I attract to my life whatever I give my attention, energy and focus to, whether positive or negative.” – Michael Losier
“What you radiate outward in your thoughts, feelings, mental pictures and words, you attract into your life.” – Catherine Ponder
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” – Earl Nightingale
“The universe is change, our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius
“A person is only limited by the thoughts that he chooses.” – James Allen
“Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives.” – Robert Collier
“As soon as you start to feel differently about what you already have, you will start to attract more of the good things, more of the things you can be grateful for.” – Joe Vitale
“Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.” – Napoleon Hill
“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” – Maya Angelou
“Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life.” – Tony Robbins
“Your whole life is a manifestation of the thoughts that go on in your head.” – Lisa Nichols
“To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.” – Richard Bach
“When you offer a vibration, the Universal forces are working in concert with each other in order to satisfy you. You really are the center of the Universe.” – Abraham Hicks
“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser
“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde
“The expression of love softens us and the ones we love. It opens a channel between us. It invites an intimate response that closes the distance.
It feels good to express love, whether through a smile, a touch, or a prayer. It heightens our sense of being alive. Acknowledging another’s presence means that we, too, are acknowledged. Each of us is familiar with feeling forgotten, unnoticed, or taken for granted, and recognition assures us all that we haven’t been overlooked.”
–Each Day a New Beginning
Aviation Safety Audits: Here to Stay
At this point, many aviation safety managers’ collars start to feel a little tight around the neck. The first thing is: relax.There will be many more audits to come, and if you don’t perform well, you will at least receive valuable feedback.
Beyond that, in our experience, safety managers who routinely perform extremely well on safety audits spend much time preparing for audits in very specific ways.
The two general themes in preparation are:
- Making aspects of the program as current as possible; and
- Having document reports ready and presentable.
Some of the below points will necessarily require some preparation well ahead of time, but many are things that safety managers can do with little-advanced notice and some hard work.
1- Review and Update Documentation
In an ideal world, you have been meticulously documenting all aspects of your safety program from the beginning. Of course, one of the great thing about audits is that they give aviation SMS programs impetus to do some “house cleaning” and make sure documentation is fully up to date with current practices. Safety managers who routinely perform well on audits make sure to take the time to thoroughly organize documentation into one convenient location and make sure it is fully up to date with current practices.
Considering that aviation SMS is a bureaucratic process of risk management, documentation is of critical importance. It’s also no surprise one of the most common findings during aviation safety audits is that documentation and actual risk management processes are not in sync. Before audits, successful safety managers ensure that documentation and reality reflect each other as closely as possible.
In particular, such safety managers pay careful attention:
- To review the SMS program’s civil aviation authority’s current requirements for various duties and responsibilities of SMS programs;
- That aviation safety policies maintain up to date SMS compliance with the program’s civil aviation authority’s requirements;
- To ensure that procedures are backed up by documented evidence that they reflect actual, real-life practices; and
- To make sure that they have up to date documentation of SMS training that complies with the civil aviation authority.
Having a well-organized system of documentation ahead of time greatly expedites this process. For organizations whose documentation is disorganized, performing reviews and updates can greatly hinder their ability to score well on safety audits.
2 – Prepare Documentation in a Presentable Report(s)
In addition to making sure all documentation is updated and organized, safety managers who perform well on safety audits make sure to follow up by having their documentation in presentable form, such as a report. Should auditors ask for something they do not have, such safety managers are open and frank about what they have or don’t have – they don’t make excuses – as SMS audits have become regular affairs.
A best-in-class aviation safety manager will be able to have many of the following at his/her fingertips for quick, easy, presentable access:
- A hazard register report;
- Documentation of real reports and thoroughly monitored CPAs;
- Visual representations of safety performance and related charts;
- Comprehensive data on key performance indicators (KPIs);
- Records of completed or in-progress safety assessments;
- Internal SMS audit records;
- Documentation of safety promotional efforts, such as safety surveys and safety newsletters;
- Records of SMS safety training; and
- An SMS implementation plan.
The reason successful safety managers go through such pains to prepare this information is that it is impressive to auditors, and it makes their jobs much easier. Moreover, having reports ready and organized is also an indication of how such managers to operate in their safety program, that they “have it together”, and that their SMS program is best-in-class.
3 – Update Hazard Register and Issue Management
Professionally designed, aviation-hazard-tracking SMS databases are robust, organized systems that can handle a vast amount of data. Hazard registers can make or break an aviation SMS program – they are only as useful as the tools that safety managers design around them.
Safety managers who perform well on audits make regular use of such databases to document and visualize reports for:
In addition to making risk management that much more efficient, developing such sophisticated tools around a hazard register is a further demonstration and tangible evidence that gives auditors the impression that the manager’s risk management methods are robust and predictive. And let’s make no mistake, an auditors’ impression of your SMS program is very important.
Moreover, any late or overdue items, such as overdue CPAs or issues, will not reflect well on the program. Safety managers who perform well on audits always make sure hazard safety items are current.
4 – Train Employees Based on Their Duties & Responsibilities
Safety managers who perform well on audits take time to understand current SMS requirements from both ICAO and their respective civil aviation authority in regards safety duties and responsibilities. Ideally, initial SMS training would be designed around these standards in clear, documentable ways.
Regardless, before important safety audits safety managers will make sure to re-apprise employees of their specific duties and responsibilities as covered in their role in the organization’s policies and procedures, and inform them of the upcoming audit.
Of course, sometimes the standards and SMS guidance from civil aviation authorities are abysmal or non-existent. In these cases, you might look at:
- ICAO’s SMS Guidance;
- Transport Canada’s SMS Guidance;
- Australia’s Civil Aviation Authority Guidance; and
- FAA’s SMS Guidance.
Chances are that the auditor may talk with employees, and if they don’t know how to inform the auditor of their specific role in the SMS program, it will not reflect well on the program. Safety managers who perform well on audits know this and make sure employees are ready.
Final Thought: Useful Things to Point Out
There are a couple of things that greatly aid all safety managers in audits:
- Following an audit checklist will be extremely helpful – see below for free audit checklist downloads;
- After auditors have made findings don’t waste any time – put the findings through your risk management process straight away;
- Remember that different auditors will deliver different results, as SMS auditors will each have their own particular “pet peeves.”
Aviation Safety Software Prioritizes Safety
Most of us have experienced the following: sitting on the runway for over an hour wondering why the plane isn’t moving. The pilot has already apologized and given the “reason” for the delay: the daunting and nebulous “technical difficulties.”
For passengers, this type of situation is frustrating at best, and at worst unnerving, even scary.
Yet even when sitting on the tarmac, frustrated and confused, passengers should take comfort in the fact that the aviation industry takes countless precautions to keep passengers safe.
The fact is that above all else, our top priority is safety and safety managers have an excellent opportunity to not only contribute to safety, and SMS requirements, but also to the financial bottom line.
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Managing Risk Will Remain a Never-Ending Task
We all know that aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) are put in place to enhance safety and to assess every possible hazard and risk, such as:
- is the engine performing optimally;
- are the plane doors screwed down tight as a clam;
- does the plane contains leaks or breaches;
- are their birds or FOD on the runway;
- is the tarmac clear of tools/vehicles?
- And so on.
Unfortunately, hazards will always be as a cancerous appendage to the aviation industry. Fortunately, our industry has made remarkable strides in both drafting and optimizing safety standards within the past two decades.
What Role Does Aviation Safety Software Play?
The reason why aviation service providers enjoy higher safety standards today lie within one word: Software. The Computer Age is by far the safest time for passengers in the history of aviation. Aviation SMS software has enabled hazards to be rapidly
- Stored for easy retrieval;
- Responded to;
- Monitored; and
- Analyzed for trends.
Modern Aviation Safety Management Software Shrinks Our World
In effect, safety management software allows the aviation industry to mature and take a more proactive and predictive – as opposed to reactive – approach to safety. Secondly, SMS software allows SMS activities to be performed in global-real-time: in other words, anybody, anywhere, can be aware of – and report – hazards as they happen.
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To see how software has impacted aviation safety, simply browse through the history of the Aviation Safety Network’s Database on Safety Occurrences. The trend is clearly looking good.
To put that data into perspective, take a look at the number of fatal commercial crashes in the graph below:
There are three important takeaways here:
- The steady decline of accidents since the middle 90’s at the advent of computer software;
- 2014 recorded the second lowest number of accidents on record (this report is five years old);
- Most importantly, 2014 also recorded a record number of departures, which means that the percentage of departures to crashes continues to exponentially decrease;
Clearly proactive, preventative risk management strategies are rapidly improving aviation safety. CNN would seem to agree.
Modern Safety Management Assures Confidence in Aviation Industry
It is comforting to know that that as SMS software becomes more robust, more capable, and more integrated into the aviation industry, we can count on flights becoming safer as well. As safety standards change and SMS software grows more sophisticated, user-friendly and capable, we can expect that the aviation industry will continue to invest more capital in the best aviation safety management software.
Hazards, risk and risk controls can be monitored in real time to reduce risk to as low as reasonably possible. Risk is reduced not only by safety risk management (SRM) and safety assurance (SA) processes, but by SMS software that has risk management capabilities.
Have you read…
- Difference between Hazards, Risks & Control Measures in Aviation SMS
- Difference Between Reactive, Predictive and Proactive Risk Management in Aviation SMS
- How to Practice Reactive, Proactive, and Predictive Risk Management in Aviation SMS
Ultimately, the aviation industry’s level of success depends on its ability to keep passengers safe – and ensure that they feel safe as well.
Take Malaysia Airlines for example. Two commercial crashes in 2014 have nearly put the company out of business in only a year. Why? Because passengers have lost faith in Malaysia Air’s safety standards.
In the aviation industry, safety and success are interchangeable words. It’s that simple.
Which brings us back to why aviation safety management software matters:
- This sophisticated and ever-changing SMS software plays a fundamental part in preventative, proactive an d predictive safety in the aviation industry;
- I would be willing to bet that most passengers aren’t even aware that safety management software exists, and it’s our job to educate and remind passengers that countless resources, manpower, and safety software driven by historical precedent and latest technologies reinforce their safety;
- We need to improve proactive hazard reporting and documenting all real hazards. minor incidents and close calls. The evolution of safety management software, and ultimately the safety of the aviation industry as a whole depends on stakeholders diligently reporting new/recurring hazards and anything that looks potentially unsafe.
- As an industry as a whole, we have the capability of accepting incredible amounts of data in the forms of safety reporting systems and auditing systems. What the aviation safety industry workflow has lacked is an efficient methodology or processes that is supported by aviation SMS software. Trend analysis is made incredibly easy now that aviation SMS software provides the ability to easily document, categorize and dispatch minor incidents using safety risk management (SRM) and safety assurance (SA) processes.
- Aviation SMS software should bring two traditionally separate systems, SRM and SA, and integrate them to allow continuous performance monitoring of the SMS. When SRM and SA systems can talk to each other, safety professionals and operational department heads can monitor the effectiveness of risk controls in real time.
Final Thoughts on Evolution of Aviation Safety Management Technologies
Let’s face it, at a fundamental level, an aircraft is a metal tube traveling five miles above the ground at around 500mph – a scary prospect at best. That being said, let’s continue to improve safety management strategies and the respective SMS software.
Aviation safety software influences safety culture and the effectiveness of aviation SMS. Your SMS will never realize maximum return on investment and other intangible benefits without the ability to easily receive safety reports and treat them very quickly. Modern aviation safety software is powered by enterprise grade databases that can securely store and retrieve large amounts of data.
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SMS is a process that works if you have tools to reduce the SMS documentation requirements. The easiest way to deal with the SMS documentation requirements is to “not deal with them,” which is what many failing aviation SMS suffer from.
A failing SMS may either:
- not understand how an SMS is truly designed to reduce operational risk; or
- lack the tools to practice proactive and predictive risk management; or
- lack the training required to take full advantage of the aviation safety software; or
- have short term business requirements to not spend more than necessary on safety.
In short, aviation safety software increases the risk management capabilities of safety professionals. Managers can be assured of better decision-making abilities when they have data to make performance based decisions instead of “gut based decisions.”
If you are wanting to reduce your risk exposure by using aviation safety software to specifically address SMS requirements, we can help. Please watch these short demo videos to see whether we are a good fit for you.