Advancing Civil Aviation Authority Safety Performance may be Best Achieved by SMS

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ARTICLE: Brazil air safety: not keeping pace


For a country whose economy is growing and which incorporates a large land mass, aviation is essential for further development. Aviation safety and the necessary regulatory infrastructure are ESSENTIAL to both support expansion and assure the highest levels of operational and maintenance excellence.

The attached blog points to numbers which suggest that Brazil is not achieving that goal. ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) holds the authority in Brazil for issuing and enforcing regulations for civil aviation, though it is part of the country’s Air Force.

ANAC has received the highest level of recognition from the FAA by virtue of its holding of a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement. That status suggests that this sovereign body has met the essentials required of a civil aviation authority.

There may be more needed. The demands of a burgeoning aviation business, the requirements of the world’s 5th largest territory and other unique elements of ANAC’s mission may mandate different approaches. Rarely are the answers intuitive nor are they often discoverable by self-introspection. Regulators have very demanding schedules and believe that they have designed the best systems for their mission. The search for a better way to regulate is not easily attainable by an ANAC managed process.

Safety Management Systems is an ICAO commended methodology for systematically identifying unknown risks, for prioritizing their merits and for designing implementation programs. Having a team of independent experts, particularly professionals with experience as regulators, would be an optimal proposition for applying SMS to ANAC and other civil aviation authorities. JDA, whose consultants literally have collectively thousands of years’ experience as regulators, is prepared to help such organizations through the compelling search for better ways of advancing safety known as SMS.

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