|SMS developed from an unplanned aviation event which could have been managed.|
When applying each expectation as a goal for SMS operational control an enterprise is completing the first step to establish how regulatory goals are met. Everything else above regulatory requirements are processes for continuous improvements, and how to ensure safety for every flight, every year, month, day, hour, minute and second.
Has aviation become safer in these last two years because of SMS? Yes it has. Initiatives and mandates are proposed and implemented to apply Safety Management System as the preferred operational control tool and moving away from the trial and error method.
However, it has been recognized that safety is a process and does not happen on its own merit, but require planning, implementation, checks and balances, and action for continuous safety improvements. This is only achieved with accountability in a just-culture.