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Implementing SMS with Small Helicopter Operators

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International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) workshop presentation from HeliExpo 2013

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Implementing SMS with Small Helicopter Operators

  1. 1. Implementing SMS for the Smaller OperatorIHST Accident Intervention Workshop 2013 Presented by Sunshine McCarthy
  2. 2. Today’s Objective… “Examine how it can be done”
  3. 3. You know it’s the right thing to do, but…• It requires resources you don’t have• It’s too much red tape• It’s hard to understand and can be overwhelming• It’s an interruption to your operation/mission• It could result in changes to how you currently operate• It could be hard to get buy in from the team
  4. 4. Surprise! You’re probably already doing it and don’t know it
  5. 5. Build a structure around whatyou’re already doing… Tighten the process Close the gaps
  6. 6. Where to start…1. What are you committed to?2. How will you fulfill the commitment?3. Who’s responsible?
  7. 7. Risk Assessment…• Mission• Personnel experience• Human Factors• Aircraft status• Environment• Landing Zone• Other
  8. 8. Risk Assessment Checklist Alpine Air RA Checklist Date: Location:Mission  Guidance  Urgency  NOTAMS  TFRsPersonnel  Experience levelHuman Factors  Fatigue assessment  Hours on dutyAircraft  Open items  Scheduled/unscheduled mxEnvironment  Weather  Time of day  Terrain  Inflight hazardsLanding Zone  HazardsOther
  9. 9. “Carelessness and overconfidence are more dangerous than deliberately accepted risk” ~ Wilbur Wright, 1901
  10. 10. Final thought…why IS-BAO?• Regulatory pressures• Insurance advantages• HAI accreditation• Betterment of the company• Other

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