Evolution of Safety Management
The aviation industry is an organization that contains too many moving parts to control. The industry has developed a stigma of blood priority, meaning that corrective action is not taken until the loss of life has occurred. “No human endeavor or human made system can be free from risk and error.” (FAA, 2007) Therefore the elimination of accidents is virtually impossible; the evolution of safety management is an ongoing effort of safeguarding the industry and remaining proactively in control of safety opportunities. Early aviation pioneers had little to no safety regulation, practical experience, or engineering knowledge to guide them. As the industry matured regulation, and improvements in technology served …show more content…
• Night inspection. Evaluate runway/taxiway and apron lighting and signage, pavement marking, airport beacon, wind cone, lighting, and obstruction lighting for compliance with Part 139 and the ACM/ACS. A night inspection is conducted if air carrier operations are conducted or expected to be conducted at an airport at night or the airport has an instrument approach.
• Post inspection briefing with airport management. Discuss findings; issue Letter of Correction noting violations and/or discrepancies if any are found; agree on a reasonable date for correcting any violations, and give safety recommendations.
(FAA, 2010) The above mentioned certification inspections sound quite intensive, but not enough to maintain a paramount and proactive safe environment, the mere fact that an inspection like this only happens once a year is unsatisfactory in my point of view. Although SMS currently has nothing to do with the above mentioned regulation, its relevancy is important due to its future merge with SMS. During a “Gap Analysis” review conducted by the FAA, a systematic effort to identify existing safety components, compared to SMS requirements was initiated. The study methodology included a total of 22 airports participating in