The Projected Ability of General Aviation to Adapt to a Comprehensive Mandated Safety Program

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Hutcherson, Zachary
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University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University
This research is designed to identify the potential impact that mandating a safety management system (SMS) could have on flight training and general aviation environments. Specifically, to what extent flight schools already comply with a theoretical SMS program, and which categories of flight schools are least compliant. The first step is to develop the theoretical SMS model, and then compile a list of questions targeting each SMS component. Through surveying the Southern region’s flight schools, an impact analysis can be compiled to identify who would require the most substantial changes to comply with an SMS style program. Results indicate that Part 61 and Part 141 schools would require the greatest change, while Collegiate Programs are nearly in compliance with SMS already.
aviation, SMS, safety management system, general aviation