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Safety Management Systems in Aviation


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Contents: Preface to the First Edition; Preface to the Second Edition; Prologue: Quest Airlines; Introduction to SMS; History and evolution of safety; Principles of quality management; Hazards; Risks; Controls; Taxonomies; Process-based safety risk management/safety assurance; Managing the SMS; Tools and analysis methods; SMS implementation in a Part 141 flight school, Bob Thomas and Chris Lee; SMS effectiveness; Epilogue: Quest Airlines story; Index.

About the Author

Alan J. Stolzer, Ph.D., FRAeS is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and Professor and Chair of Doctoral Studies in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Quality Systems from Indiana State University, and several professional certifications: Quality Engineer, Quality Manager, and Quality Auditor from the American Society for Quality; Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute; Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Instructor with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings, and Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic from the Federal Aviation Administration. Dr. Stolzer has several thousand hours in more than 40 makes and models of fixed-wing aircraft. His research interests include safety, quality, flight operations quality assurance, safety management systems, and emergency preparedness. He is a prolific author and has been awarded and managed numerous grants and contracted training programs. Dr. Stolzer is involved in academic accreditation activities and has served as an expert witness and legal consultant on aviation accidents. John J. Goglia is an active consultant, author, and educator in the field of transportation safety. Mr. Goglia served as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board from August 1995 to June 2004 and was the first Board Member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic's certificate. As a Board Member, Mr. Goglia distinguished himself in numerous areas of transportation safety. In particular, he was instrumental in raising awareness of airport safety issues, including the importance of airport crash fire and rescue operations and the dangers of wildlife at airports, and played a key role in focusing international attention on the increasing significance of aircraft maintenance in aviation accidents. Mr. Goglia has been recognized many times for his contribution to aviation safety; awarding bodies include the National Air Disaster Alliance, Aviation Week and Space Technology, The Society of Automotive Engineers and the Air Transport Association (ATA). He currently serves on a number of Boards, including the Aviation Technical Training College in Singapore, and advises a number of organizations, including the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association. He is also a Senior Vice President with JDA Aviation Technology Solutions, consulting on transportation and safety issues.


'The first edition of Safety Management Systems in Aviation was widely recognized as the definitive guide to SMS, providing a comprehensive analysis of the history, the concepts and the implementation of these sometimes complex safety systems. This second edition builds on the first, expanding on certain data driven protocols, updating important statistical information, and including additional emphasis on general aviation and international (ICAO) concepts. Without a doubt, this edition of Safety Management Systems in Aviation should be required reading for every serious student of aviation safety, and in the library of every safety manager and aviation accident investigator.' Capt. Jim Walters, former Director of Safety, TWA LLC; former Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association Accident Investigation Board; and former Lead Auditor, IOSA Safety Audit Team Reviews of previous edition: 'Managing safety in aviation has been elevated to the next level with the current emphasis on Safety Management Systems. Safety Management Systems in Aviation describes SMS as a proactive, preventive risk management process that includes hazard identification and mitigation, tools for gathering data, and methods of analysis. This book contributes significantly to the literature in the field of aviation safety and will be an invaluable source for all aviation safety professionals.' Gary J. Northam, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA 'Finally, the aviation industry has recognized that effective safety management systems are necessary in today's complex operating environments. Fortunately, a fascinating, yet comprehensive guide to the organization, management, and successful implementation of these processes is now available. In Safety Management Systems in Aviation, Stolzer, Halford and Goglia have produced the definitive SMS manual; richly detailed and loaded with relevant, real-world examples. This book should be required reading for every aviation safety student and professional!' Capt. Jim Walters, M.A.S., Former Director of Safety, TWA, FOQA and ASAP program manager 'This book explains the core elements of safety management in aviation in a unique and comprehensive manner and shows how safety can become tangible through best practice. It is a must-have and an essential read for aviation safety professionals, regulators and academics.' Stephan Weber, First Officer A380, SMS Developer, Lufthansa

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