Fri, Aug 20, 2010
Special Workshop Planned On Practical Implementation Of New
Earlier this month, the President signed into law the Airline
Safety and FAA Extension Act. A key element of this new law is a
requirement for the FAA to publish a new law requiring Safety
Management Systems (SMS) by 2012. The Modification and Replacement
Parts Association (MARPA) announced Monday that its 2010 conference
will feature a special workshop on practical implementation of
Safety Management, as well as general session presentations on
Safety Management Systems (SMS).
A Safety Management System (SMS) is the formal process of using
System Safety practices in an organization's everyday activities to
control risk. It is like a quality assurance system that uses
risk-based analysis to looks forward, predicts future needs, and
permits a company to commit resources today to address the
industry's future safety needs. SMS is an approach that can be used
throughout the aviation industry to meet System Safety standards
set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
This year's MARPA Conference will feature several speakers
addressing SMS concepts and implementation mechanisms. As a special
bonus, though, John Hunter (Chairman of the MARPA Continued
Operational Safety (COS) Committee) will present a workshop that
will analyze case studies of how companies have used the MARPA COS
standard to establish a SMS with positive safety benefits.
MARPA is the non-profit trade association that represents the
aircraft parts manufacturing industry (PMA parts manufacturers).
MARPA works closely with the FAA to help develop safety standards
and tools that enable manufacturers to meet those safety standards.
In addition to the Annual Conference focus on SMS, MARPA also
serves on the FAA's Aviation Rulemaking Committee for SMS and has
published a COS standard that is available for free to any PMA
The MARPA Annual Conference will take place October 27-29, 2010
at the Law Vegas Renaissance Hotel.
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