Boeing Collaborates with Indian Aviation Academy and University of Southern California for Safety Management System Training for Indian Aviation Stakeholders
NEW DELHI, India, April 14, 2021 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced that it facilitated a Safety Management System (SMS) training program for India’s aviation stakeholders in partnership with Indian Aviation Academy (IAA) and the University of Southern California (USC), Viterbi School of Engineering. This is a first of a series of trainings that Boeing plans to organize for India’s aviation ecosystem towards continued learning of best practices.
Commercial aircraft operators, airports and air traffic services are required to have a Safety Management System (SMS), which is considered a best practice to provide a framework for hazard identification, risk mitigation and promotion of a positive safety culture. The International Civil Aviation Organization established the standards and recommended practices for a SMS in Annex 19. Boeing is adopting these practices as it implements an enterprise SMS to support its commitment to the highest levels of safety and quality with its products and services.
“As part of our continued commitment to safety, we are collaborating with India’s civil aviation stakeholders to promote a collaborative safety culture,” said Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India. “We’re pleased to partner with IAA and USC to introduce the Safety Management System program to India.”
The USC-IAA program for India’s civil aviation authorities focused on modern safety management and safety assurance concepts such as risk management, root cause analysis, audits, data collection and incident investigations to further enhance the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the Indian aviation ecosystem.
“Safety first should be the mainstay of aviation; not just in words, but to live by them. True safety will be through training like this one and by implementing lessons learnt into action. There is no simple solution out there waiting to be discovered – but training and action,” said Hareendranathan E.P, Executive Director, Indian Aviation Academy.
“The introduction of SMS is the most significant development of aviation safety of the decade. It applies to all major operational aviation entities and draws upon the power of communication and data to identify potentially hazardous situations,” said Thomas R. Anthony, director of USC’s Aviation Safety and Security Program. “This course takes the principles of SMS and extends them into practical and advanced application by all areas of civil aviation in India.”
Indian aviation academy (IAA) has carved a niche on aviation horizon as a premier aviation training institute in Asia- Pacific region, fostering a culture of continuous learning. It is the joint Civil Aviation training academy of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). Established in 1988, it has constantly been engaged in nurturing aviation education, training to empower aviation professionals. Crafting their credentials by imparting in-depth knowledge and well-honed skills; shaping their careers as present and future leaders of aviation is the mainstay of academy’s endeavours.
A full member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO – the apex body in Aviation) TRAINAIR PLUS (TPP) program, IAA has collaboration with IATA, ACI, AAAE and reputed management institutes to host international and national training programs on various aviation courses i.e. Aviation Management; Airport operation management; Aviation safety and security; Airport cargo management; Airport engineering and licensing; airport finance and commercial management etc. The Academy has a pool of competent, trained and ICAO certified instructors, course developers, training managers to achieve its aspired objectives. The Academy has a spacious, modern new campus situated in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Set in a picturesque, serene and green ambience; the campus with world class infrastructure, state-of-the art facilities provide an ideal ambience for learning. IAA aspires to create an integrated eco-system which will lead to sustainable growth of aviation and associated sectors.
About University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi Aviation Safety & Security Program
For over half a century, the USC program has served as the gold standard of aviation safety management education. The program has developed a reputation for excellence that is recognized nationally and internationally in the aviation community. Our program was established at USC in 1952 as the first Aviation Safety program at a major research university. We offer 27 courses to over 1000 students each year in a personal, hands-on, format. Our instructors are skilled educators with extensive industry experience, and courses are taught in small classes to facilitate classroom interaction. Students gain the knowledge to establish safety programs, investigate aircraft accidents, become expert witnesses, and deal with human factor issues.
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