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Our colleague and friend, Dr. Don Arendt, passed away from pancreatic cancer on October 14. Though he underwent treatment for three years, his passion for his work gave him purpose and endurance. Dr. Don, as he was affectionately known, served for 20 years in the US Army as a warrant officer and followed that with a 24-year career at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where he changed the course of aviation safety both at home and around the world. His name has come to be synonymous with safety management systems (SMS), safety culture, and organizational/human performance around the world. He was a civil servant, academic, author, and world-renowned speaker on SMS. Read more

Safety Management Terminology

The purpose of this paper is to provide a common set of safety management related terms and definitions for use by the civil aviation community and to assist in effective communication and safety information sharing. This document has been updated to align with ICAO Annex 19, Amendment 1. Read more

 

SM ICG Description

The Safety Management International Collaboration Group (SM ICG) was founded by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and is a joint cooperation between many regulatory authorities for the purpose of promoting a common understanding of safety management and Safety Management System (SMS)/State Safety Program (SSP) principles and requirements, facilitating their implementation across the international aviation community.

The current core membership of the SM ICG includes the Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) of Spain, the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) of Brazil, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Netherlands (CAA NL), the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAA NZ), the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong (CAD HK), the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia, the Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC) in France, the Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile (ENAC) in Italy, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) of Switzerland, the Dominican Republic Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC), the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi), the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Organization, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (UAE GCAA), and the Civil Aviation Authority of United Kingdom (UK CAA). Additionally, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an observer to this group.

Members of the SM ICG:

  • Collaborate on common SMS/SSP topics of interest
  • Share lessons learned
  • Encourage the progression of a harmonized SMS
  • Share products with the aviation community
  • Collaborate with international organizations such as ICAO and civil aviation authorities that have implemented or are implementing SSP/SMS

Notifications

To receive notification when new SM ICG content is published, contact smicg.share@gmail.com.

 

SM ICG Products

All SM ICG products are accessible from the category navigation menu to the right. The SM ICG welcomes feedback on its products. For further information regarding the SM ICG or to provide feedback, please contact Bernard BourdonEugene Huang, or Andrew Larsen.

 

Points of Contact (POCs)

Eugene Huang Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Aviation Safety +1 202-267-7577 Eugene Huang
Neverton Novais National Civil Aviation Agency - Brazil (ANAC) +55 61 3314 4606 Neverton Novais
Andrew Larsen Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) +1 613 993-9158 Andrew Larsen
Charles Galea Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia +07 3144 7487 Charles Galea
Bernard Bourdon European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) +49 221 89990 2022 Bernard Bourdon

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