System Safety in Aviation Term Paper by Nicky

System Safety in Aviation
An overview of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s safety system.
# 145476 | 1,371 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 11, 2010 in Business (Industries) , Business (Management) , Aviation, Aeronautics (General)

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The paper briefly discusses the four ages of system safety which include the technical age, the human error age, the socio-technical age and the system age. The paper examines the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s inspection process and its limitations and looks at how the Safety Management System (SMS) provides a structured management system to control risk in operations. The paper also looks at the Aviation System Safety Principles.

Statement of the Problem
Federal Aviation Administration Safety System
FAA's Inspection Process
Limitations to System Safety of FAA Identified
Safety Management System (SMS)
Aviation System Safety Principles Safety Action Plan-15
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The Safety Principles architecture is stated to be "consistent with recent experience in safety assessment and safety management of those constituent parties." (Perrin, et al, 2005) Perrin, et al (2005) states that because aviation is of such an interdependent nature it is necessary "for the safety principles to cover aviation as a whole. The principles form a chain of reasoning organized in a safety 'architecture' that substantiate the top-level proposition 'aviation is safe'." (Perrin, et al, 2005) Perrin et al states that the architecture is comprised of three primary paths as follows: (1) Aviation [ATM and aircraft operations] must be and continue to be safe; (2) Safety Management must be effectively organized; and (3) Boundary aspects and Inter-dependencies between ATM and aircraft operations must be and continue to be safe. (2005)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bentz, Andreas (nd) A System for Managing Risk. Available online at:
  • FAA System Safety Handbook, Chapter 1: Introduction. 30 Dec 2000. Online available at:
  • Perrin, Eric, et al Aviation System Safety Principles Safety Action Plan-15. Eurocontrol. 10 June 2005. Online available at:
  • System Safety Approach Needs Further Integration into FAA's Oversight of Airlines United States Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Requesters September (2005) AVIATION SAFETY. 2005 September. USGAO online available at:
  • Wilpert, Bernhard and Babette Fahlbruch (2002) System Safety: Challenges and Pitfalls of Intervention. Emerald Publishing Group 2002. Online Google Books. Available at:

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