Safety Management Systems: Truth or Dare?
Tuesday, March 5 | | 8:30 am to 9:30 am
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N261
Safety Management Track
Does SMS provide comfort to the operator or the administrator? This course is an interactive gap analysis of the prior year’s adverse events in the context of the concepts of safety management system (SMS) implementation. The workshop will provide the audience with the opportunity to critically assess the merits of SMS as it exists within example organizations and the audience’s experience, and how SMS programs perform in light of continued fleet performance. Are we getting signal or noise?
- Understand the potential benefits of SMS
- Consider the correlation of event causality and reporting system data capture
- Understand the importance of valid and open reporting
- Recognition of the necessity to have user buy-in on the concepts of SMS and the burden placed on the management to attain that outcome
- Mixed messages and the impact they have on safety outcomes.
Shawn Coyle’s range of experience spans operational military flying, experimental and production test flying, air medical missions, and training civil and military experimental test pilots. He has more than 6,500 flight hours on 60 different types of helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes. Coyle was an engineering test pilot for Transport Canada and was involved in the certification of the Bell 407, 427, and 430. He was an instructor at the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School and National Test Pilot School and a graduate of the Empire Test Pilot School. Coyle wrote for Rotor and Wing and Helicopter World and currently is a journalist/writer for Vertical Magazine. He works for Marinvent Corporation in Montreal, teaching short courses and providing expert advice on legal cases involving helicopters. Coyle is the author of Cyclic and Collective and The Little Book of Autorotations.
Captain Peter Ireland is a director at Edge Aerodynamix Inc. He is an experienced pilot with more than 22,000 flight hours, including 1,500 in helicopters. Ireland’s background includes flying for the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, Korean Air, and Quantas. Ireland has served in roles that include air safety officer, survival training officer, air accident investigator, flight operations quality assurance auditor, team leader with JAA NAA ASSD remediation group, and quality manager/safety manager with JAR-OPS 1/EU-OPS 1 and JAR-FCL TRTO. In his current position, Ireland is head of flight testing for wing and rotary wing at Edge Aerodynamix, with a focus on conformal vortex generators, lift enhancing tabs, tabbed rotor, tabbed propellers, and flap cove tabs. He has served as an expert witness and specializes in safety investigation for certified performance failures, flight control anomalies, out-of-envelope operations, controlled flight into terrain, in-flight loss of control, control system failures, gear failures, ground contact events, pilot-induced oscillation, system safety, risk management and SMS reporting system effectiveness.