Safety is the highest concern in the aviation industry, with every rule, law, and procedure motivated by the desire to increase protections for the passengers and crew of every flight. Given the inherent risks of flight, adherence to these standards must be unrelenting and absolute.
Historically, the process for improving safety has been reactionary. Authorities have had to wait for accidents, investigate them to determine the cause, and then make changes to avoid it from happening again in the future. This can solve one or two problems at a time, but it often fails to address less obvious contributing factors, and it is of little consolation to those that have lost loved ones. Thankfully, new flight safety equipment that take a more preventative approach are becoming more commonplace.
Safety management systems (SMS) are a core concept in the aviation industry, recognized by both the FAA and ICAO. This structured approach to managing and improving safety has been put in place at airports classified as:
Safety management systems are divided into four components:
There are numerous safety tools and equipment used to manage and improve safety in the aviation industry, such as training videos, risk management methodologies, document management software, learning systems, training article libraries, and survey tools. Operators and employees need to be trained in using the right tools for the right jobs.