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Aviation Safety Management Systems Courses

Now FAA-accepted for IA Renewal Credit

Since 2005 a total of 3,629 students from 51 countries have participated in SMS offerings conducted by MITRE.

Comments from past students

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"Very dynamic, very well organized, best facilities, excellent support, knowledgeable instructors."
-Mr. Robert Vandel, Vice President, Flight Safety Foundation

"Very clear explanations. Content was very complete and exercises give me a real view of how to deal with the system."
- Capt. Sebastian Rodriguez Barrueco, Flight Safety Officer, Spanair

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Aviation Safety Management Systems Courses

Course Dates Course Title
February 15 -- 18, 2022 SMS Overview -- (virtual)
Number of Days
4 days (16 hours). Registration is available through RTCA.
March 7 -- 18, 2022 SMS Principles -- (virtual)
Number of Days
The class will run 4 hours/day for the two-week period,
from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST (GMT-5).

A Safety Management System (SMS) is a proactive management system that has the capability to expand levels of operational safety well beyond regulatory minimums by treating safety as a core business enterprise. SMS is now required by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for all safety service providers.

This course will provide participants with both a solid foundation in basic SMS concepts and will support further implementation of SMS within your organization. Attendees will be able to explain the theory, principles and application of SMS and will understand the ICAO requirements for implementation.

These courses consist of lectures and, as appropriate, case studies, exercises, and in the eight-day option, we have an SMS Development Guidebook that students use to create their own customized SMS Manual.

Limited space available. Please register early.

SMS Course Brochure
Course Brochure
(PDF file, 7.6 MB)

Course registration form (general registration for all SMS courses)

Course registration form for FAA members

Course registration form for MITRE employees

You may also request more information about this course by sending us email.

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7515 Colshire Drive
McLean, VA 22102


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Each student will receive a copy of MITRE's SMS Book!
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Comments from past students    

"I loved this course. The course was so comprehensive and the instructor delivered it in a manner easy to understand and apply."
-Ms. Mlinda Sagum,
Cabin Safety Specialist, Hawaiian Airlines

"The instructors had a lot of knowledge about the subject and presented the material in a pleasant way."
- Ms. Barbara Vlaanderen,
Chief Security and Safety, Windward Islands Airways N.V.

"The class was very informative and the instructors were quite knowledgeable. The exercises were effective, relevant and useful. Use of the Organizational Failure Model was a very interesting way to explain the TAM 3054 accident's contributing factors and alignments."
- Ms. Midori Tanino,
International NextGen Lead, Federal Aviation Administration, United States

"The course was excellent for all users of SMS. From the experienced airline operator who already has an SMS program to the new user that is getting ready to develop an SMS, this course covers all the topics. The depth of knowledge of the instructors is excellent and they are all well versed in the innerworkings of SMS. All of the instructors took a real interest in the students and their SMS knowledge."
- Mr. Warren Abrams,
Air Safety Inspector, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

"One of the best classes that can be easily grasped and truly implemented into a company of any size!"
- Mr. Daniel Leskusky,
Manager Cargo Safety, Delta Air Lines

"Very dynamic, very well organized, best facilities, excellent support, knowledgeable instructors."
- Mr. Robert Vandel,
Vice President, Flight Safety Foundation

"The course includes everything needed to create and implement SMS and it has been prepared very systematically and easy to understand. It is very interactive and we all enjoyed it."
- Mr. Mehmet Korkmaz,
Line Maintenance, Turkish Airlines

"The course has organized and deep information that helped me to understand the tasks that I should do."
- Mr. Mohamed A. Al Owaify,
Surveillance System Safety Specialist, GACA Air Navigation Services, Saudi Arabia

"This is a course whose information is readily applicable once I get home. One of the best courses I have attended"
- Mr. Jorge Leite,
Director of Quality, TAP Maintenance and Engineering, Portugal

"It answered all of my questions. I also have a great basis upon which to build awareness and training for my dept./division."
- Mr. David Allen,
Manager of Airport Operations Systems, Continental Airlines

"It was all very nice, especially the way it fills the gaps existing in the ICAO SMS course."
- Ms. Doris Costa,
Chief Security, Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil

"The best course I have ever attended. Totally applicable and useful information to be a safe, just and forward looking manager."
- Mr. Atac Tunc,
System Engineer, Sky Airlines, Turkey

"Very powerful and very practical knowledge, all you need to kick start or enhance SMS operations in your company."
- Mr. Janis Lapins,
Head of Safety, Security, Quality, Environment and Audit Management, State Joint-Stock Company "Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme"

"Very clear explanations. Content was very complete and exercises give me a real view of how to deal with the system."
- Capt. Sebastian Rodriguez Barrueco,
Flight Safety Officer, Spanair

"Excellent delivery of a complex topic in an entertaining and informative manner."
- Mr. Pat Fitzpatrick,
Alaska Airlines MEC Safety Committee Chairman, ALPA

"The final exercise left a profound impression on me."
- Mr. John Ramsell,
Quality Manager, Marshall Aerospace Ltd., United Kingdom

"I am impressed by the level of professional competence of the instructors, their hands-on experience and knowledge, and the up-to-date information made available."
- Mr. Ganapathy Apparanda Mudapa,
Director, Commercial and Business Aviation Services PVT LTD (CBAS), Bangalore, India

"Content was incredible. Exercises were enjoyable and enlightening"
- Mr. Bill Hafner,
Director Quality, ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering

"This course is practical, relevant, and provides real-world applications that the aviation/safety professional can readily implement. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you."
- Ms. Yolanda Carr,
Senior ASO, Aviation and Product Safety
Sikorsky Aircraft - A Lockheed Martin Company

"Excellent course with very informed and professional instructors! The exercises were relevant and applicable to the chapter."
- Mr. Chip Henderson,
Helicopter Business Manager, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

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