The NTSB determined that an Execuflight flight crew mismanaged the approach and multiple deviations from standard operating procedures and due to those failures, caused the November, 2015 crash in Akron, Ohio. Small Part 135 operators can use Safety Management Systems (SMS) to minimize the risk evidenced by this sad NTSB determination.
The FAA recently accepted the SMS program developed for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. A remarkable achievement reflecting a 5 year cooperative project by the carrier and the FAA. Explaining the impact of SMS points would reveal the positive upside.
The Allegiant/Unions battle will continue until a safety approach is agreed upon. SMS can be a good mechanism to bring these divergent views to a consensus.
A positive and dynamic safety culture is a prerequisite for implementing a Safety Management System (SMS). Before any organization (airport, air traffic organization, air carrier, helicopter operators, manufacturer or repair station) can implement an effective SMS, the company needs to have the appropriate safety culture and promotion component (communications) in place.