Danger Overhead Part 1: Transport Canada cuts may endanger small air operators
Safety of commercial flights called into question
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There were three separate Canadian Publication that posted articles related to Safety Management Systems, SMS, Today!. It almost looks like a frontal assault on SMS! The main theme of each article is pretty much the same. SMS can not work for small carriers and that Transport Canada is not doing it's job to properly regualate them. All these articles trot out tradgic accidents from the past to set the public mood. These accidents were tragic and cost lives, but, we must truly investigate what the root causes are for each one.
These accidents are tragic and something needs to be done to prevent and/or mitigate them. The article goes on to suggest that the Transport Canada’s move to Safety Management Systems, SMS, may have contributed to the small operator’s safety issues. It is important to note that ALL the small operation accidents happened NOT under SMS. SMS is not required for small operators at this time. It will be in the future. SMS is tailored to the size of a company.
So the idea that small operators can’t implement SMS because their are not Air Canada or Westjet is irrelevant. SMS can be easily implemented by small operators, with the right training, and is not as hard to implement and maintain as most claim. In fact, the article provides more of an incentive for Transport Canada to mandate SMS to small operators. Statistics show that it does increase Safety to the Public and allow these operators to gain better control of their operations. Yes, Transport Canada is facing resource issues but, their surveillance program, under the Staff Instruction SUR001, does an excellent job of revealing Safety issues in any operator with powerful sampling techniques.
Yes, Transport Canada made some mistakes in it's implementation of SMS for the 705 Carriers. We must remember that no other country in the World has mandated SMS for thier carriers, so Transport Canada was plowing the new ground here. I believe that have first hand experience in what works and what doesn't work better than any other regulator.
|Illustration of the "Swiss Cheese" model that shows an alignment of the holes that cause and accident. If a company that has SMS will have controls on all their Processes. This will seal each hole in the processes that lead to an accident.|
As the article suggests; “Gord Marshall thinks Transport Canada will have to abandon altogether its hopes for eventually having SMS at air taxis and smaller commuter operators and restore — even boost — traditional front-line inspections.” Is a mistake and going backwards!