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Aviation SMS Audit Course (1 day)

SMS Audit furthers the principles and skills acquired by participants from experience or past courses taken. Participants will receive an increased exposure to SMS, going beyond theory and principles to learning how to conduct an SMS audit that evaluates the effectiveness of the organization's SMS. The SMS Audit course is designed to train auditors to perform SMS Auditing tasks.

This one-day course is conducted using lectures on SMS Auditing and a hands-on, classroom-simulated SMS Audit exercise that mirrors an actual SMS Audit. Students will learn through role playing, the roles and responsibilities of both the SMS Audit leader and the SMS Audit team members. Additionally, students will learn the responsibilities of the audited facility in regard to preparing for, and communicating with, the SMS Audit team.

A very important part of the Auditing course will be the discussion surrounding compliance versus effectiveness measurement of the SMS. Once investing resources to implement SMS in your company, the question most often asked is how are we doing? Effectiveness of the SMS answers this question. The world is now searching for the vehicle to measure effectiveness. This SMS Auditing course discusses some of the initial ways to measure SMS effectiveness.

SMS Audit Curriculum:

Module 1: Protocol and Structure of an SMS Audit

The objectives of this module are:

  1. Definitions of Audit
  2. ICAO's Universal Oversight Audit Program (USOAP)
  3. Sate Safety Program's (SSP) Regulatory Safety Audit
  4. Self Audits
  5. Who Audits Who
  6. Four Distinct Phases of the Audit

Module 2: Community Safety Programs

The objectives of this module are:

  1. The European Aviation Safety Agency
  2. The Regulatory Authority for Participating States

Module 3: SMS Auditing Compliance

The objectives of this module are:

  1. The Compliance Audit
  2. ICAO SARPS
  3. A Balance of Compliance and Safety

Module 4: SMS Auditing, Effectiveness of the Service Providers (SP) SMS

The objectives of this module are:

  1. The Effectiveness Audit
  2. Assessment of the Safety Culture
  3. Safety Culture Surveys
  4. The ICAO SMS Framework
  5. Transport Canada's System Based Approach to Effectiveness Auditing

Module 5: SMS Auditing Exercise

The objectives of this module are:

  1. The Development of an Effectiveness Measurement for SMS
  2. Discussion of Indicators of Safety Health

Who Should Attend

Personnel involved in the following areas should attend this course:

  1. Organization executive managers responsible for safety
  2. Safety and risk managers
  3. Airport managers, airport designers, planners, maintenance technicians
  4. Air operators (airlines, cargo carriers, business aviation, military, etc)
  5. Air Navigation Service Providers and airspace managers
  6. Maintenance and repair organizations
  7. Quality Assurance
  8. Safety regulators, investigation, analysis and reporting
  9. Civil Aviation Authority oversight organizations

Upon Completion of the Course, the Participants Will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and tools to use during an SMS Audit.
  2. Identify the roles and responsibilities of both the SMS Audit leader and the SMS Audit team member. Additionally, participants will learn the responsibilities of the audited facility in regard to preparing for, and communicating with, the SMS Audit team.

Location

MITRE Aviation Institute Training, McLean, VA
The MITRE Corporation
7515 Colshire Drive
McLean, VA 22102
U.S.A.

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Since 2005 a total of 3,176 students from 51 countries have participated in SMS offerings conducted by MITRE.

Comments from past students

"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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Comments from past students    

"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

"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

"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 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.

"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

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

"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.

"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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