TAKE ADVANATGE OF AVIATION SAFETY DATA RESOURCES and IMPLEMENT DATA-DRIVEN SMS

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ARTICLE: Aviation Safety Databases Offer Multiple Perspectives

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The AIN article does a good job of identifying the major sources of aviation safety data. The business of improving aviation safety performance is slowly moving, with the implementation of safety management system (SMS), from a reactive analysis of accidents to a proactive and eventually a predictive data analysis model. The proactive and predictive analytical methods will help highlight trends and uncover latent conditions. All of the safety information resources should be on the favorites list of all aviation professionals.

Adopting a data-driven approach to enhancing aviation safety includes collecting and making safety event data more accessible to enable a more forward-looking assessment of safety solutions. An SMS will provide your organization with the capacity to anticipate and address safety issues before they lead to an incident or accident. SMS also provides management with a tool to deal effectively with accidents and near misses so that valuable lessons are applied to improve safety and efficiency (reduce losses and improve productivity).

Management depends on information to make decisions and lead the organization. Managers and staff should be able to access and use safety information relating to the organization’s own performance. Therefore, organizations should have a system to collect and analyze both their safety data as well as the numbers to compare with industry performance. Organizations should also be looking outward and using outside resources and data to keep up-to-date on the latest developments and also benchmark their performance.

ASAIS, Aviation Safety Network and ASI provide vital information that benefits all aviation organizations. All of the safety information resources should be on the favorites list of all aviation professionals. Creating a safety culture through SMS translates those numbers into a continuously improving safety loop, which in turn results in a higher safety performance and JDA can help implement that program.

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