Does the industry need more safety initiatives?
ou all probably missed this but … whatever that means, while it works on
it will impact the whole business a new safety rule. Why should it work on
of aviation in the very near anything that ICAO requires? As far as I can
future. What is it? Well, it is a proposed determine ICAO merely suggests things to
new safety program called the Safety its members, it has no statutory authority.
Management System (SMS).
By Stephen P.
As if we don’t have enough safety Our FAA
paperwork programs to burden our Suffice it to say that our FAA is busy at
beleaguered industry, it looks like the work proposing to follow ICAO’s so-called
paper-pushers at 800 mandate, (I don’t believe
Independence are now in it’s even mandatory for the
the process of proposing members as ICAO suggests)
a new one. They have FAA: An SMS provides … notwithstanding the fact
published an advance that we (FAA) already have
a set of decision-making
notice of proposed numerous safety management
rulemaking that we all processes and procedures systems already in place
know is the prelude to within our industry. Some
another rule making that a product/service are voluntary and some
requiring something to provider would use to mandatory and some are
be done. private activities.
It all started with plan, organize, direct, Not to be outdone by the
the International Civil and control its business foreign interests, our FAA
Aircraft Organization will be busy following their
(ICAO) ginning up a activities in a manner lead so as not to be left out
broad mandate requiring of this bureaucratic exercise,
all the members of the
that enhances safety and producing more paperwork,
organization to establish ensures compliance with probably with a need for more
a safety management inspectors to supervise this
system. The ICAO regulatory standards. activity. We all know they don’t
people say they require Sound familiar? Do we have the ability to supervise
that member states all the programs they already
establish such a safety need more? have and they admit it! We will
management system by need more front line inspectors
November of 2010. (And to supervise and audit any new
to think the member states pay to belong safety system and we don’t have enough to
to this club!).Where does ICAO, a high do the job now. No hiring is being done in
class international social organization of the inspector area.
sorts, get off demanding that huge sums Now understand, this new safety system
of money be spent unnecessarily