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JDA Service


One of JDA’s core competencies is helping its clients keep safety a top priority. We work with airports, air carriers, civil aviation authorities, manufacturers, repair stations, unmanned aircraft system operators and other industry partners to raise safety standards and implement best practices. ​

Aviation Safety Solutions

Safety Management System (SMS) Implementation, Manual and Training

JDA provides a full suite of SMS services per FAA Part 5 or ICAO requirements for every aviation entity including implementation, training, safety reporting software applications and SMS Manual.  SMS supports performance-based regulations which describe objectives and allow each organization to develop its own system for achieving objectives. While SMS is an important advance in safety management, it can only be effective through its implementation. SMS allows organizations to ensure that all risks are all covered as a single system. It is a business management approach to controlling risk providing a means to support a strong and just safety culture. SMS is the center of the company’s safety efforts and serves as the means of linking up with other systems. It provides a systematic roadmap for examining safety-related processes. SMS will help ensure compliance with regulations and requirements that minimize the adverse impact of an event. It allows employees to identify potential hazards that may jeopardize their health and safety and it has positive impact on staff by creating trust, increased morale which leads to better performance and efficiency. SMS will help an organization to prevent catastrophic accidents making it safer, attracting more clients which in turn benefits it financially. JDA is a MITRE licensed SMS training and implementation organization. 

Safety Assurance System (SAS) Reviews

In 2016 the FAA implemented a new risk based oversight system for Part 121, 135 and 145 certificate holders. The Safety Assurance System or SAS, defines criteria or safety attributes that each certificate holder must address in their manual system. The certificate holder must document and describe responsibility, authority, procedures, interfaces, process measures, controls and safety ownership in their manual system. JDA can provide a thorough SAS review of your programs, procedures and manuals sing the same SAS data collections used by the FAA and provide you a report of findings and recommendations for conforming to the FAA SAS.

Safety Culture Assessment

When you think about corporate culture, what comes to mind? From the ways in which the company treats employees to the interactions between teams and beyond, all the moving parts within a given organization shape corporate culture. Safety culture finds its foundation in the broader context of corporate culture. If a business does not properly and actively care for its employees, or if colleagues do not get along well, the workplace might become a hostile and toxic environment.  On the other hand, if the business takes corporate culture seriously and manages this facet in a progressive fashion, with the company showing its employees that their comfort, safety and success are valuable, the workplace will be a far more profitable and enjoyable. It has been shown in the past that choosing profits over safety can be a false and unwise choice. Pursuing profits over advancing key practices that drive profitability – such as worker and customer safety – is a profit-losing strategy. Your employees have discretionary energy which they can give or not give. When respected and valued, employees are proud to give their best. And this grows profits. Bring JDA in to assess your culture and we will help pinpoint what needs to be done to create a strong and positive safety culture.

Safety Risk Management (SRM)

SRM is the identification, analysis and elimination and/or mitigation to an acceptable level of hazards, and the associated risk that threaten the viability of an organization. It is a systematic, explicit, and analytical approach for managing safety risk at all levels and throughout the entire operation or the lifecycle of a system.  SRM is a fundamental component of SMS.  SRM serves to focus safety efforts on those hazards posing the greatest risks. It weighs the probability and severity implied by the risk against the expected gain of taking the risk and facilitates the balance between assessed risks and viable risk mitigation. 

JDA has supported airports, new air carrier applicants, manufacturers, unmanned aircraft system operators, and government organizations with SRM and risk assessments. JDA helps it clients:

  • Examine why something works.
  • Anticipate what happens when it doesn’t
  • Identify what they don’t want to occur.
  • Foster communication between departments.
  • Define formal, standardized, and documented tools and processes that manage safety risk
  • Define, document, and describe all existing procedures and proposed changes.
  • Collect, analyze, and categorize data on safety issues, concerns, incidents, and accidents.
  • Conduct analysis using hazard-based risk assessment tools to identify and assess the risks of the hazards.
  • Determine acceptability of the risk, for each hazard identified, using risk matrix.
  • Select appropriate controls to mitigate the risk of identified hazards.
Risk Probability Risk Severity
Catastrophic A Hazardous B Major C Minor D Negligible E
5 - Frequent 5A 5B 5C 5D 5E
4 - Occasional 4A 4B 4C 4D 4E
3 - Remote 3A 3B 3C 3D 3E
2 - Improbable 2A 2B 2C 2D 2E
1 - Extremely Improbable 1A 1B 1C 1D 1E
Assessment of Risk Index Management Criteria
5A, 5B, 5C, 4A, 4B, 3A Unacceptable under the existing circumstances. Requires risk control mitigation and re-asaeasment
5D, 5E, 4C, 3B, 3C, 2A, 2B Risk control mitigation and re-asaeasment requires risk acceptance by the accountable executive.
4D, 4E, 3D, 2C, 1A, 1B Requires process manager with specific Risk Acceptance Authority assessment and installation of risk control mitigation of ( continued ) approval of the operation.
3D, 2D, 2E, 1C, 1D, 1E Acceptable

SRM should be used for all proposed changes, like new or modified:

  • Systems
  • Procedures
  • Equipment
  • Environment
  • Organization

Virtual Safety Office (VSO)

For small Part 135 operators, repair stations, airports or other aviation providers that have or want to implement an SMS JDA can:

  • Serve as contract staff to help manage the SMS and safety event data submitted by employees.
  • Perform Hazard Identification and Analysis.
  • Develop proposed recommended corrective actions
  • Assign and track corrective action tasks
  • Perform trend analysis
  • Track Training qualifications and
  • Post revisions to safety manuals and documentation

With a VSO everything is managed through the cloud based SMS Application selected by the client. Employees/staff submit safety events and hazards via the VSO portal and JDA staff will manage and track the safety events for the company using the SMS application.  All SMS components are maintained in the VSO by the JDA staff.  VSO enable small companies to have a fully functional SMS without having to hire a staff to manage and track safety events at a substantial savings for covering payroll and benefits.