Ravn Alaska’s safety management system gets FAA approval

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska’s largest regional airline said its safety management system (SMS) has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

According to Ravn Alaska, the recent approval means the airline carrier is meeting the same standards and processes required for much larger airlines across the country. “It’s a complete rewrite of how Airlines assess risks, manage that risk and make sure the airline operates more safely,” President and CEO Dave Pflieger said in a phone interview with Channel 2 News.

Ravn operates more than 400 flights daily from hubs across Alaska. The company wrote in a release, a SMS program is to identify and mitigate safety issues proactively. “It ensures safety is folded into every facet of an airline’s operation, informing the policies and procedures that are put in place.”

Pflieger said all large carriers have been asked to meet the new standard and Ravn finished two to three months ahead of schedule.
Monthly meetings with groups inside the company called safety action groups will examine safety trends, isolated events and risks as part of the new plan, Pflieger said.

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