SMS for Small-Fleet or Private Operators

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)
Safety: Operations
Instructor: Christopher Young

A safety management system (SMS) is not only for large, complex organizations. Its elements can be applied to any type of operation to include small fleets and private operators. Understanding and effectively using risk management principles is integral to the success of any vertical flight operation. This session will explore how to effectively implement a real-world SMS in the everyday work environment.

Instructor Bio

Christopher Young brings with him 29 years of aviation and leadership experience from the US Navy, air medical segment, aircraft manufacturing industry, aviation safety, and technical publication segments, with more than 2,900 flight hours as a pilot. He understands the unique complexities that aircraft operators face when implementing a safety management system (SMS). He offers practical guidance on conducting safety and quality analyses, hazard assessments, incident investigations, and compliance evaluations, as well as continuous improvement and brokering insurance.

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