Aviation Safety Consultancy
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Aviation Consulting Programmes

Aviation Consulting Services

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Safety Leadership & Culture
Safety Strategy Development
Our experienced safety strategy consultants will work alongside you to help develop a robust safety vision, strategies and objectives for your organisation and formulate roadmaps of action that will move you along your safety journey to achieve desired business and organisational objectives.
Aviation Safety Leadership - Executive Workshop
A tailored one-to-one session with a Baines Simmons’ safety specialist aimed at providing Accountable Managers with an opportunity to explore the implications of their role and what it means to be actively leading safety at a strategic level.
Safety Performance Measurement Development
Our experienced consultants can provide expertise and models to facilitate the development and implementation of effective Board Room safety metrics such as key performance indicators and a safety balance score card; leading to predictive safety measurements.
Executive / Accountable Manager Advisory Support
We can provide retained expert one-to-one support and guidance to resolve and advise on technical and regulatory challenges. This is offered as an ad hoc service or as a programme of ongoing support.
Safety Leadership Coaching
Our Senior Consultants can assist on a one-to-one basis to set and reach your individual safety goals in the most efficient way through a series of focused coaching engagements.
Executive and Management Team Safety Coaching
Our coaching services are designed to facilitate a team to work efficiently and effectively together to define, plan or achieve a specific safety goal. Invaluable for leading the development of a company safety vision, supporting strategy and implementation activity.
Safety Culture and Behaviours Coaching
Assisting managers to establish and communicate desired safety behaviours is a first step on the journey to safety culture improvement. This service facilitates the design and supports the sustainment of behaviours in the face of operational demands.
Safety Leadership Diagnostic
An organisation–wide safety leadership assessment resulting in individual and team safety leadership profiles with tailored coaching, action plans and ongoing support to reinforce and stabilise desired activities and behaviours.
Accountable Managers / EASA Form 4 Holders / Nominated Persons - One-to-One Workshop
Accountable Managers, Nominated Persons or EASA Form 4 holders need to be able to demonstrate to the regulator that they fully understand their accountabilities and are capable of discharging their responsibilities to their satisfaction. These personalised workshops have been developed to help managers with interpreting EASA regulations for their individual context and to facilitate discussion on implications. The workshop also offers the option for application assistance and interview practice. Some of the areas of discussion you may wish to focus on include:
  • Exploring applicable EASA requirements for the role
  • Identifying the key considerations you need to address in order to discharge your accountabilities
  • Legal obligations
  • Relationship building with the regulator
  • Mock interviews (optional module) and gaining confidence for your Form 4 interview
Safety Culture Survey
Establish where your organisation is in terms of its attitude to safety. A safety culture survey is a powerful asset in steering you to understand why your Error Management or Safety Management System is not delivering the results you expected.
Safety Culture Diagnostic
By identifying and measuring behaviours and attitudes, our Safety Culture Diagnostic offers an invaluable insight into the impact of leadership and behaviour on the day-to-day operation of your organisation and leads to the creation of a detailed plan for how to increase safety performance through behavioural interventions.
Safety Management
Human Factors Consulting Services for the Operator
The human element in the safety system, though recognised in regulation and by the industry for years as a major aspect of safety management, continues to prove to be a challenge. Understanding how the system can influence people and their behaviour is an area in which Baines Simmons has extensive experience.
Event Investigation Consulting Services for the Operator
Having an effective investigation process is now part of the EASA requirements for Air Operators. Ensuring proposed interventions match the root cause is vitally important to help reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence. Baines Simmons is well equipped to help organisations implement the key enablers to facilitate this process.
LOSA Programme Set-up and Implementation Support
Implementing a LOSA programme is an investment that can reap significant safety benefits. However, its success is determined by ensuring the right enablers are in place and that there is understanding of how it will contribute to your overall safety management strategy. Baines Simmons’ LOSA service can help organisations who wish to set up effective programmes as well as those with existing programmes who wish to maximise their performance.
Building and Implementing a Safety Management System (SMS)
If your organisation is new or you are launching a new site and wish to develop and implement a compliant Safety Management System, Baines Simmons has the necessary technical, practical and strategic skills and experience to help you.  From systems set-up and staff competence development through to working with the leadership team to understand safety leadership and organisational culture issues, our teamwork approach will ensure you have a robust and functioning SMS.
SMS Phase II Evaluation Support
SMS Phase II evaluation is currently underway in the UK and across Europe. With all AOC holders required to demonstrate the overall maturity and effectiveness of their Management System according to the PSOE model across key indicators by October 2014, there is a need for many operators to understand how they can meet the challenge of satisfying their regulator. Our consulting workshops, aimed at Quality or Safety Managers, lead you through the evaluation tool used by CAA regulators, and help you in identifying your shortfalls so that you can consider your options and how to address them.
Just Culture Development
An open and honest reporting system is essential to understanding and managing risk in an organisation. It relies on trust in a Just Culture: trust that the leadership team is committed to the principles of Just Culture and trust that the processes will be consistently applied. Through a programme of guidance and facilitation, our experts can assist you to understand, build and sustain a Just Culture and help unlock the sharing of safety event information.
Safety Competence Development
We can tailor-make a bespoke 6-12 month programme of bite-sized safety competence development, delivered by our subject matter experts in HF, safety, error management and regulations.
Safety Management Diagnostic
Our Safety Management Diagnostic (SMD) is used to assist organisations to determine where they are on their safety journey. Providing a comprehensive, independent and objective assessment of the key enablers that underpin the effective management of safety across an organisation, our SMD allows us to work with you to establish levels of maturity and identify areas for development.
Error Management Diagnostic
An Error Management System (EMS) is an essential building block of your Safety Management System. Without an effective and fully optimised EMS, you may find that your Safety Management System is not delivering the results you expect. Our EMD focuses on the key enablers that support the effectiveness of an EMS and provide you with a complete picture of how it’s performing and recommendations on how it can be further optimised.
Management System Diagnostic
Our comprehensive Management System Diagnostic overarches all our diagnostic tools and examines the effectiveness of the various systems as a cohesive whole, focusing on their integration and how they each contribute to the overall safety of your organisation.
Human Factors & Error Management
Human Factors Consulting Services for the Operator
The human element in the safety system, though recognised in regulation and by the industry for years as a major aspect of safety management, continues to prove to be a challenge. Understanding how the system can influence people and their behaviour is an area in which Baines Simmons has extensive experience.
Event Investigation Consulting Services for the Operator
Having an effective investigation process is now part of the EASA requirements for Air Operators. Ensuring proposed interventions match the root cause is vitally important to help reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence. Baines Simmons is well equipped to help organisations implement the key enablers to facilitate this process.
Just Culture Development
An open and honest reporting system is essential to understanding and managing risk in an organisation. It relies on trust in a Just Culture: trust that the leadership team is committed to the principles of Just Culture and trust that the processes will be consistently applied. Through a programme of guidance and facilitation, our experts can assist you to understand, build and sustain a Just Culture and help unlock the sharing of safety event information.
Error Management Diagnostic
An Error Management System (EMS) is an essential building block of your Safety Management System. Without an effective and fully optimised EMS, you may find that your Safety Management System is not delivering the results you expect. Our EMD focuses on the key enablers that support the effectiveness of an EMS and provide you with a complete picture of how it’s performing and recommendations on how it can be further optimised.
Safety Culture and Behaviours Coaching
Assisting managers to establish and communicate desired safety behaviours is a first step on the journey to safety culture improvement. This service facilitates the design and supports the sustainment of behaviours in the face of operational demands.
Safety Culture Diagnostic
By identifying and measuring behaviours and attitudes, our Safety Culture Diagnostic offers an invaluable insight into the impact of leadership and behaviour on the day-to-day operation of your organisation and leads to the creation of a detailed plan for how to increase safety performance through behavioural interventions.
Regulatory Compliance
Airworthiness Advisory Service
Complementing our Airworthiness Management Diagnostic, we offer an airworthiness consulting service. As the airworthiness environment becomes ever more complex, our team of airworthiness experts are ready to help you face your challenges to achieve your goals of operating a profitable and safe operation. Our level of engagement is led by your needs. From advising on the intelligent adoption of airworthiness regulations to helping you actively translate principles into practical solutions that you can implement, through to working in partnership with you to establish systems and competence, our flexible and tailored approach will ensure you receive the support you require.
Independent Consulting Support for NCC (Non-Commercial Complex) Operators
The emerging safety regulations from EASA do not just impact commercial operations. Depending on the aircraft type you operate, you may find yourself subject to requirements and concepts that were previously outside of your comfort zone. Baines Simmons can provide guidance and practical assistance in getting to grips with these regulatory changes.
Initial Approval Consultancy Support
If you are seeking an organisational approval for the first time or seeking to make a major change to your existing one, you may find the regulatory landscape a minefield to navigate. Our team of regulatory experts will be able to guide and assist you through as much or as little of the process you want to help you achieve an approval that is safe, fit-for-purpose and efficient.
Approval Improvement Consultancy Support
Having your approval suspended completely or even partially is something that all organisations wish to safeguard against, as the impact on both your reputation and ultimately your bottom line, can be severe. How you can mitigate the risk or, should the worse occur, redress the situation, is what Baines Simmons’ team of regulatory experts can guide you through. Treated in confidence, we will partner with you to ensure that you achieve the changes needed.
Airworthiness
Airworthiness Management Diagnostic
Airworthiness management is a complex area with many regulatory requirements forming part of the equation. Effective airworthiness management has a direct impact on safety levels as well as the bottom-line. Understanding how your operation is performing in this area will provide a valuable insight into where further investments are needed. By identifying potential areas of improvement and highlighting concerns, this diagnostic can provide senior management with the intelligence to make truly informed decisions about their effectiveness of their airworthiness operations.
Outsourced Interim Management Services (Continuing Airworthiness)
Be it through restructuring, ambitions to gain a new approval or the result of a Regulator’s inspection, there are occasions that personnel gaps are identified. Filling these gaps to ensure that your business continues to operate is a priority and ensuring that you have competent staff to fill these positions quickly is often a challenge. Calling on Baines Simmons, you can be assured that we will meet your needs with experienced and competent personnel who can step into role quickly and bring you the additional value of providing support to employees recruited long-term to the positions in the form of mentoring and other development activities.
Airworthiness Advisory Service
Complementing our Airworthiness Management Diagnostic, we offer an airworthiness consulting service. As the airworthiness environment becomes ever more complex, our team of airworthiness experts are ready to help you face your challenges to achieve your goals of operating a profitable and safe operation. Our level of engagement is led by your needs. From advising on the intelligent adoption of airworthiness regulations to helping you actively translate principles into practical solutions that you can implement, through to working in partnership with you to establish systems and competence, our flexible and tailored approach will ensure you receive the support you require.
Independent Consulting Support for NCC (Non-Commercial Complex) Operators
The emerging safety regulations from EASA do not just impact commercial operations. Depending on the aircraft type you operate, you may find yourself subject to requirements and concepts that were previously outside of your comfort zone. Baines Simmons can provide guidance and practical assistance in getting to grips with these regulatory changes.
Initial Approval Consultancy Support
If you are seeking an organisational approval for the first time or seeking to make a major change to your existing one, you may find the regulatory landscape a minefield to navigate. Our team of regulatory experts will be able to guide and assist you through as much or as little of the process you want to help you achieve an approval that is safe, fit-for-purpose and efficient.
Approval Improvement Consultancy Support
Having your approval suspended completely or even partially is something that all organisations wish to safeguard against, as the impact on both your reputation and ultimately your bottom line, can be severe. How you can mitigate the risk or, should the worse occur, redress the situation, is what Baines Simmons’ team of regulatory experts can guide you through. Treated in confidence, we will partner with you to ensure that you achieve the changes needed.
Quality & Compliance Monitoring
Quality Management Diagnostic
Our Quality Management Diagnostic is used to help you understand better where you need to make changes in order to improve your reputation, bottom-line or simply to grow. Our consultants work with you to establish the parameters of the study, assessing the determinants to success or ineffectiveness with the aim of providing recommendations that will provide a tangible return-on-investment.
Outsourced Compliance Monitoring / Quality Audit Services
Whether your need is for a short-term, interim solution or it forms part of your long-term business strategy, Baines Simmons is able to provide you with a Compliance Monitoring function that meets regulatory requirements as well as provides you with sound business value.
Independent Auditing Services
An independent auditing service operated by Baines Simmons will provide you with more than an assessment of your levels of compliance as well as assure you of the integrity of your systems. Our highly experienced team take a systems approach to their auditing to ensure that their recommendations look at the organisation as a whole and identify potential areas of optimisation that will reap real term benefits.
Oversight Auditing Services
Available to Competent Authorities in both civil and military domains, Baines Simmons offers oversight audit services to relieve the burden on often overstretched regulatory resources. Working to agreed Service Level Agreements, our auditors will become an extension to your department without adding costly personnel overheads.
Outsourced Interim Management Services (Quality)
Be it through restructuring, ambitions to gain a new approval or the result of a Regulator’s inspection, there are occasions where personnel gaps are identified. Filling these gaps to ensure that your organisation continues to operate is a priority and ensuring that you have competent staff to fill these positions quickly is often a challenge. Should you find you have shortfalls in Quality Management in your organisation, you can rely on Baines Simmons to meet your needs with experienced and competent personnel who can step into role quickly and who can provide structured support in the development of the anticipated permanent employee.