March 1, 2019
The AOPA Air Safety Institute has released a Scalable Safety Framework (SSF), a PowerPoint presentation with a supporting PDF, that can be downloaded by aviation organizations like public benefit groups, flying clubs, and more to help them formulate, implement, and sustain a safety culture that is geared and scaled to their specific organization.
The institute's Scalable Safety Framework is based on the FAA mandated Safety Management Systems in use by air carriers and other large operations. The Air Safety Institute focused the framework on five main components and steps to success.
- Leadership: Communication from senior leadership stressing their commitment to a safety culture is imperative. This commitment sets the tone for the whole organization, and emphasis should be placed on a non-punitive culture that encourages pilots to report safety concerns.
- Accountability: Examine and assess the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder in a group. The roles include how these individuals interact with others in the organization. The responsibilities include requirements to successfully fulfill the roles as well as the limits of an individual’s authority (i.e., can they cancel a flight, ground a flight, authorize a flight?).
- Risk: Identify and assess the risks and unique issues associated with the operation. Then, create meaningful mitigation strategies that realistically can be implemented.
- Reporting: Create a reporting system or promote the use of a system that already exists. A reporting system can be paper based, or web based—either way, it must be usable for the organization. A usable reporting system needs a standard form to report safety issues, a means to submit the report, a place to collect the reports, and a means of distribution of findings across the organization.
- Culture: The goal of the SSF is ultimately to create an organization-wide safety culture that encourages reporting, rewards safe actions and behaviors, and keeps the entire organization (not just the leaders) engaged and involved in correcting issues.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility—help your aviation group by developing your own Scalable Safety Framework. Download the presentation from our Safety to Go portal.
AOPA Air Safety Institute staff
AOPA Air Safety Institute Staff members share a deep passion for aviation safety. As compassionate pilots, we bring together safety research, analysis, and knowledge in creative ways to share aviation safety education with you—with the ultimate goal of one day having zero fatal accidents in GA.