Safety training organization has joined with HAI, NATA to offer SMS course at discount for HAI members.

The US Department of Transportation’s Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), established in 1971, provides high-quality safety, security, and environmental training to over 850,000 government, private-sector, and foreign transportation professionals in the areas of aviation, highway traffic, transit, motor carriers, and hazardous materials.

The TSI is committed to providing economical yet innovative training methods and services. Its instructors are recognized subject-matter experts with up-to-date field expertise who provide cross-cutting transportation safety instruction. A full-service organization, the institute employs staff experts in information technology, curriculum development, facilities management, financial oversight, purchasing, contracts management, and human resources to enable transportation professionals to fulfill their unique training missions.

Evolving to Meet Changing Safety Needs
The TSI remains nimble amid today’s rapidly changing transportation safety environments, ready to meet the specific needs of training managers and students across the transportation sector. Its four training teams, each with deep subject-area expertise in safety and security topics, create new content as transportation safety practices, rules, regulations, and policies evolve.

The organization’s Aviation Safety Division is home to the National Aircraft Accident Investigation School. The division specializes in safety management systems (SMSs) and aircraft accident investigations with courses that cover aviation’s most current technologies in all aspects of general and commercial civil aviation, as well as public-use aviation in federal, state, and local governments. TSI staff provide training in aviation safety, accident investigation techniques, and safety management through workshops, field activities, individual studies, and hands-on training.

Partnering with HAI and NATA
Specifically for the helicopter industry, HAI has partnered with the TSI and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) to make NATA’s monthly SMS course, offered through the TSI, available to HAI members at a discount. The course offers how-to information on designing, developing, implementing, and sustaining an effective and verifiable aviation SMS.

Course topics include:

  • The fundamentals of safety program management
  • State-of-the-art safety risk management for flight and ground operations using the bowtie method
  • Understanding and conducting internal and external evaluations and audits for safety assurance
  • Communicating and promoting safety throughout one’s organization
  • Fostering and measuring a positive safety culture
  • Safety policy requirements
  • Understanding and controlling human error using the HFACS (Human Factors Analysis and Classification System) model
  • Measuring safety using quantum safety metrics
  • How to use current FAA system tools.

HAI members can receive the discounted price by registering for the course at rotor.org/nata-sms-course.

Author

  • Jen Boyer

    Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.