Air Evac Lifeteam’s continued commitment to safety was recently validated by the FAA when its Safety Management System was awarded the designation of “Active Conformance.” This is the highest status a SMS can achieve.
Tom Baldwin, Air Evac Lifeteam’s SMS manager, said the company’s Safety Management System is an organization-wide comprehensive and preventive approach to managing risk and promoting safety.
“A Safety Management System includes employee and leadership safety accountability, formal methods for identifying hazards and mitigating risk, and promotion of a positive safety culture,” Baldwin said. “The SMS also provides assurance of the overall safety performance of our organization. The SMS aids Air Evac leadership, management teams, and employees in making effective and informed safety decisions. Those in the health care setting may recognize some of the fundamental pieces of SMS as those found in modern Quality Management Systems.”
Seth Myers, president of Air Evac Lifeteam, said the development and maintenance of a Safety Management System is a voluntary initiative for Helicopter Air Ambulance providers – not mandated by the FAA.
“The inspection process used by the FAA during plan validation is vigorous and comprehensive,” Myers said. “Achieving this validation is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to the safety of our employees, customers and those entrusted to our care. This makes Air Evac Lifeteam one of a handful of companies in the general aviation community to be validated in the newly revised program.”
In a letter from the FAA’s Washington D.C., SMS Program Office, Division Manager Timothy Miller congratulated Air Evac Lifeteam for achieving Active Conformance Status.
“The FAA SMS Program Office and your Certificate Management Team congratulate you on your company’s significant accomplishment in implementing a fully functional SMS that is ‘accepted by the State’ in accordance with international requirements,” Miller said. “Thank you for your continued commitment to improve aviation safety in our National Airspace System.”
Myers said the validation signals the beginning of a continuous improvement process that is managed through the FAA’s Continuous Operational Safety (COS) program.
- Wiregrass Life Flight closes down in Alabama
- Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Celebrates World Helicopter Day
- German operator Air Lloyd wins pipeline contract
- Royal Bournemouth Hospital upgrades helipad
- Helijet Appoints New Rotary Wing Chief & Assistant Chief Pilots
- Forecast for helicopter seating market released
- Exercise Stealth Guardian enhances rescue capabilities in multiple environments
- The American Helicopter Museum will celebrate World Helicopter Day
- HNZ Group Reports FY2017 Q2 Results
- DART promotes Cable Cutter System
- Belgian operator wins Dutch pipeline contract
- STARS receives $250,000 donation from Access Credit Union
- Babcock MCS to recognise engineers union
- Heli Holland expand offshore fleet with two H155s and an H175
- Waypoint place their first lease into Columbia
- Volocopter agrees 25M Euro funding
- Orbit to expand Orbit Communication Systems
- Lawyers propose settlement for 2014 CHC share buyers
- Brazil approves BLR Aerospace FastFin for H125
- Blue Sky Network will be at LABACE 2017