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January 22, 2024

Management of Change in the Airline Industry and Aviation: People, Processes, and Technology Required

Air operators never get any downtime. Be it from last-minute maintenance issues to management requests and demands, change is always in the air. Indeed, management of change is one of the most complex elements of an air operators’ day to day. Whether it’s as “simple” as moving hangars or as complex as onboarding a Boeing 777 onto the AOC, management of change is challenging. We spoke with Jim Gautrey, a long-time aviation industry maintenance executive, now with TrustFlight Technical Services. His team provides bespoke tools, processes, and the required personnel to manage all manner of change for aviation organizations worldwide.
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January 16, 2024

Canadian aviation SMS under scrutiny — but operators have effective airline SMS solutions at the ready

Airline safety always makes for news — and it did recently in Canada: a confidential audit from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reportedly found that the northern country scored “64 out of 100” for Canada’s implementation of critical elements of a safety oversight system.
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January 10, 2024

TrustFlight Year-in-Review: 2023 A Sky High Success

In an engaging roundtable discussion, we explored TrustFlight's landmark achievements from the past year with three of our executive team members. Joining us were Karl Steeves, Director; Richard Steeves, Chairman; and Jim Swoboda, VP of Airworthiness.
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December 01, 2023

Five ways latent errors in your MELs can come back to bite you

The story is familiar — a business jet operator has just received a new aircraft joining its fleet and there’s a last minute frenzy to get the Minimum Equipment List (MEL) created after receiving details of the aircraft’s configuration. You, or your external consultant, completes the MEL and — after a cursory review — you submit it to get approved. Job done, right? Not quite, as you know. MELs are long documents — 1,000 pages long. Did you or your team actually review the full document thoroughly for correctness?
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October 17, 2023

What Does Data Within an Airline SMS Reveal and How Can You Use it to Prevent Accidents?

What Does Data Within an Airline SMS Reveal and How Can You Use it to Prevent Accidents? Safety Management Systems (SMS) play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of aviation operations. Within the framework of SMS, data takes center stage as a valuable asset for understanding safety trends, identifying potential hazards, and implementing preventive measures. In this interview, we spoke with Jim Gautrey, a long-time aviation operator and subject matter expert in SMS, with experience across the ecosystem, from business jet operators, airports and airlines, and as a key consultant. He is a nominated safety person with several organizations, and a key member of the Centrik team.
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October 02, 2023

Sound Advice from Kalitta on Electronic Tech Logs: The TrustFlight Experience

Sound Advice from Kalitta on Electronic Tech Logs: The TrustFlight Experience Kalitta is a long-time and leading U.S. air cargo operator, started by Conrad “Connie” Kalitta. (Connie started flying car parts to support his desire to race cars!) We sat down with Chris Barks, the Chief Inspector and Director for Quality Control of Kalitta to talk about their selection of TrustFlight’s Electronic Tech Log for this leading global cargo operator. Kalitta boasts a fleet of 29 Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft, and is the launch customer of the ginormous Boeing 777-300ERSF conversion.
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August 18, 2023

How to Create an FAA-Compliant Safety Management System

Implementing an SMS is mandatory in Europe, and coming soon to the United States, both for airports and operators. We spoke with Jim Gautrey, a long-time aviation operator and subject matter expert in SMS, with experience across the aerospace ecosystem, from business jet operators, airports and airlines, and as a key consultant. He is a nominated safety person with several organizations, and a key member of the Centrik team.
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July 03, 2023

A Safety Management System in the Beautiful Maldives: Gan International Airport

Gan International Airport is located on the Island of Gan Maldives, catering to passengers wishing to visit the southernmost islands of the Maldives. Once a military base during World War ll, Gan has transformed into a 24-hour international gateway to the Maldives. At an elevation of six feet, it is one of the lowest airports in the world, in a country renowned for its unique beauty and archipelagic living. The largest of the world’s aircraft can land at Gan, with the airport served by national carrier Maldivian and Sri Lankan Airlines, among others.
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June 07, 2023

Security Management Systems for Airports: The Unique Approach of Biggin Hill Airport in the U.K.

Biggin Hill Airport is a general aviation airport south of London, England. It's perhaps best known for its critical role in the Battle of Britain, where the airport was a primary base for the defence of London. And today, as it turns out, the airport is a center for innovation with security management systems, using TrustFlight's Centrik software. In this Q&A, we interviewed Ben Spiers, the Head of Safety and Compliance of Biggin Hill Airport, and Lee Russell, Airport Lead at TrustFlight, about how Biggin Hill used Centrik to implement a state of the art security management system — no Excel used here.
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May 10, 2023

Five Pain Points faced by Maintenance Organizations with SMS

Maintenance organizations are now required to implement a Safety Management System (SMS) in Europe — and other regions will likely follow suit. TrustFlight spoke with its in-house experts and others to identify five pain points related to SMS for maintenance organizations, and potential solutions.
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