Turning Policy into Reality:

Human Performance & SMS

12 October 2011

A Conference presented by the

Human Factors Engineering Group

Royal Aeronautical Society


The conference examines the way SMS can contribute to safety by identifying maintenance errors. Papers represent a broad range of interests including EASA, AAIB, RAF, FAA, operators and others. Dr. Bill Johnson (FAA) highlighted six criteria to remember from the various presentations:

1. Identification of hazards

2. Competence in assessing the risks

3. Proper controls implemented

4. No divergence from safety critical control measures

5. Retention of knowledge

6. Safety Leadership

Please select presentations from the agenda below.

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Time Title Speaker
0915 Domestics Andy Ebdon, Chairmen, RAeS HFG:E
0920 Welcome Richard Brawn, Director Manufacturing Ops, Rolls-Royce
Paper unavailable
0930 EASA & SMS Regulation Michel Masson, EASA
1000 Human Performance & Systems: Experience from Recent Accidents/Incidents Phil Sleight, Principal Inspector of Air Accidents, Air Accidents Investigation Branch
1030 COFFEE  
1100 Human Factors and Error Management in the Royal Air Force (the sweat and the tears) Capt Simon Brailsford, RAF Inspector of Flight Safety
1130 Proactive Risk Assessment – Bringing SMS in from the Cold Rod Arnold, Aircraft Operations Manager, British Antarctic Survey
1200 Question panel session  
1230 LUNCH
1345 Human Factors and Engaged Engineers Mick Adams, MD Monarch Aircraft Engineering & Technical Director Monarch
Paper not available
1415 Safety Promotion: A Successful Intervention Strategy Alan Eccleston, Chief Airworthiness Engineer Rolls-Royce
1515 Pulling it all together Dr. Bill Johnson, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor: HF in Aircraft Maintenance, Federal
Aviation Administration
1545 Question panel session  
1610 Closing remarks  
Biographical Notes and Synopses

3. Related Information

ICAO SMS information

EASA SMS information

The European Strategic Safety Initiative

FAA Human Factors information

CAA SMS information

MAA Manual of Air Safety

Defence Standard 00-56 Part 3 SMS requirements for the air sector (registration required)