Monday, June 9, 2008
RACCA Adopts SMS
“Our main objectives with SMS Lite were a workable safety management system, and simplicity – so RACCA members could reap the benefits of SMS without the complexity and large infrastructure associated with SMS programs intended for use by the large air carriers,” said Safety Committee ChairTom Jordan of WestAir. RACCA indicated that it used various sources to create a program that strips the FAA SMS down to the absolute bare minimum elements – while retaining a practicable, functional program.
The RACCA boilerplate SMS Manual is designed for easy tailoring for individual operators by filling in the blanks, add or subtract features to tailor the program to the needs of their own organization, and then introduce the system as a stand-alone safety manual, or chapter in their company’s Operations, Personnel, or other manual.
The SMS was praised by FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Nick Sabatini, who was RACCA’s keynote conference speaker this year and was present during SMS Lite’s introduction. Sabatini noted that the agency is strongly encouraging the adoption of SMS by all operators, and that it would likely eventually become a requirement. The program was a joint effort of Jordan and RACCA Safety Committee members Richard Mills (Empire Airlines) and John Hazlet (Ameriflight).