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Aviation Safety Management Systems

Dates: September 14-25, 2020

Meets: M, Tu, W, Th and F from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Online

Registration Fee - Online: $3,750.00


A Safety Management System (SMS) is now a requirement for international commercial aircraft operators, international airports, and air traffic services. The standards and implementing procedures for SMS have been established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). All 191 countries that are members of ICAO have established or are establishing regulatory requirements for the implementation of SMS. This course teaches how organi-zations can establish a SMS within the context of their current safety system that meets the basic international standards of ICAO. The SMS Framework serves as a central foundation for this course.

SMS is a safety system by which an organization takes a more ac-tive role in the identification, analysis and mitigation of safety is-sues that occur in the normal operation of their organization. SMS requires that organizational management take responsibility for the company’s safety program. The SMS approach requires the safe-ty/quality team be educated in their duties and responsibilities. This course will provide you with the essential skills needed to manage an organizational Safety Management System (SMS). The attendee will be able to manage a Safety Management System that includes risk management, audits, data collection, analysis, and incident investigations.

This course is designed for the individual responsible for planning or directing an aviation Safety Management System program. Fundamentals in systems organization and structure provide the individual with the essential skills and methodology needed to plan and manage an effective program. Emphasis is placed on under-standing the principles of risk management, identifying program development strategies, audits and applying the knowledge toward effective management systems and interoperability with Quality Assurance.

Objectives: To provide the individual with the skills and practical methods to plan, manage and maintain an effective Aviation Safety Management System (SMS).

Who Should Attend: Individuals responsible for planning, directing or managing an aviation safety program and supervisors who are required to supervise an accident prevention/risk management program. This includes airline, commuter, corporate, fixed base operator, government, insurance, hospital emergency medical service, law enforcement and airport management.

Course Outline

  1. Safety Management Systems (SMS)
        Accident Prevention Concepts/Methods
        Safety Systems
        Safety Risk Management
        The Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Process
        Human Factors
        Root Cause Analysis
        International Procedures
        Interaction with Quality Assurance
        Education and Training
        Corporate Safety Culture
        Motivating Safe Behavior
        Role of Management
        Safety Climates/Management Styles
        Cost of Accidents
        Risk Identification
        Incident Investigation
        Change Management Process
        Risk Management and Risk Assessment
        Report Writing
        Airfield Safety
        Accident Response Planning
        Safety Analysis
        Aviation Safety Advisor Duties
        SMS Framework
  2. Communication Skills
         The Importance of Communication in Aviation Safety
         A Matrix Approach to Communication in Aviation Safety
         Information Overload
         Managing Conflict
  3. Medical Issues
         Fatigue Risk Management Systems
         Sleep and Fatigue
  4. Ramp/Maintenance Safety
  5. Legal Aspects
         ICAO Annexes 6 and 14
         ICAO Doc. 9859
         FAA 14 CFR 5
  6. Practical Applications/Case Study

Course Duration: 9.5 Days

Fee: $3,750.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Registration Fee - Online$3,750.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Deposit$1,875.00
Course Fee (Alternate)
$ 0.00


Taught online via WebEx

Paul Krivonos

Thomas Anthony

Christopher Nutter

John Cox

John DeLeeuw

Safety background

John DeLeeuw was the Senior Manager of Flight Safety at American Airlines (AA) for five years. He addressed safety data systems such as Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA), Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), and Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) as integral elements within the safety management system.

He was responsible for the Flight, Cabin, Maintenance, and Dispatch ASAP, as well as the FOQA program at American Airlines. He planned and managed the Corporate Safety Department's efforts to support American Airlines' commitment to be the world leader in airline safety. While working most closely with the Flight department, he interfaced with all AA departments to proactively identify and develop strategies and practices to prevent accidents and incidents. He also acted as the Party Coordinator in the event of a NTSB investigation of an American Airlines incident or accident.

Prior to his management position at American Airlines, John was the Deputy Chairman of the National Safety Committee at the Allied Pilots Association (APA). He was actively involved as the APA Acting Safety Chairman, Lead Accident Investigator for APA, ASAP participant, FOQA participant, and Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) member. He implemented several safety initiatives benefitting the 10,000 American Airlines pilots, and secured assistance during incidents and accidents for AA crew members throughout the world. He participated in several NTSB investigations, and was the designated APA Party Coordinator in four of them. He developed and prepared the joint AA/APA Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) for FAA certification. He was also involved with FAA Runway Safety Assessment Team (RSAT), and the aviation industry FAA Joint Implementation Measurement and Data Analysis Team (JIMDAT.)

John also currently works with Ascend Coaching. Ascend Coaching is involved in the oil and gas industry, and uses a comprehensive approach to improve safety, and therefore reliability. They also assist rig crewmembers on the fundamentals of operating safely in a high risk / high reliability environment.

Flying Experience

John is a current and qualified pilot on the 787 Dreamliner. Previously, John was a Captain on the MD-80, and accumulated over 12000 hours experience on this aircraft. During his 25 year flying career at American Airlines, he has flown both Domestic and International operations; flying the Boeing 787, the MD80, and the 727. His total flying time at AA is over 15000 hours.

Prior to flying at American Airlines, John was a C-130 Evaluator and Instructor Pilot in the United States Air Force. He participated in Desert Storm and numerous classified Special Operations throughout the world. John worked directly with US Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS flying HALO airdrops, and flying insertions/extractions in combat and covert operations.


University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering

Aviation Safety and Security Certificate

University of Arkansas

Masters in Operations Management, graduating summa cum laude

University of Arizona

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, graduating cum laude

Quay Snyder

Jason Starke

Toman Vickie

Date Day Time Location
09/14/2020Monday8 AM to 4 PM Online
09/15/2020Tuesday8 AM to 4 PM Online
09/16/2020Wednesday8 AM to 4 PM Online
09/17/2020Thursday8 AM to 4 PM Online
09/18/2020Friday8 AM to 4 PM Online
09/21/2020Monday8 AM to 4 PM Online
09/22/2020Tuesday8 AM to 4 PM Online
09/23/2020Wednesday8 AM to 4 PM Online
09/24/2020Thursday8 AM to 4 PM Online
09/25/2020Friday8 AM to 12 N Online


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