The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has mandated that all of its member states implement Safety Management System (SMS) programs in their aviation industries. While some countries (Australia, Canada, members of the European Union, New Zealand) have been engaged in SMS for a few years, it’s just now emerging in the United States, and has been non-existent in many other countries.
Safety Management Systems in Aviation (Alan J. Stolzer, Carl D. Halford and John J. Goglia) covers the essential points of SMS. It has been well received in hardback and is now available in paperback. The authors go beyond merely defining SMS; they discuss the quality management underpinnings of SMS, the four pillars, risk management, reliability engineering, SMS implementation, and the scientific rigor that must be designed into proactive safety.
‘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