A New Aviation Management System for Managing Air Transport
- G. Hafez (Schlumberger)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE International Conference on Health, Safety, and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, 29-31 March, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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- Conference Paper
- 2004. Society of Petroleum Engineers
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Schlumberger has become more aware of the inevitable risk associated with air transport and the need for a systematic way to manage that risk effectively. In February 2003, the company developed an aviation management system (AMS) based on its quality, health, safety, and environmental management system (QHSE-MS) model. This system can be applied to air transportation on charter aircraft, client-provided third-party aircraft, aircraft controlled by associated third-party contractors, or commercial carriers where risk mitigation is deemed necessary. This paper describes the AMS plan for Schlumberger operations.
The AMS is an integrated, documented process that describes how an air operator can demonstrate its commitment to three fundamental values: complying with all applicable national air authority regulations, implementing accepted best industry standards and practices, and using state-of-the-art safety technologies and systems in their operations.
An assessment tool for monitoring the implementation of AMS has been developed, which ensures that key performance aviation attributes are monitored during all phases of an aviation service contract. In addition, this tool will help align management in establishing realistic, cost-effective, and safe aviation services using contracts that are fair, balanced, and targeted at the type of operation considered.
While all the existing tools and documents are important for good aviation management, they often lack structure. The approach is aimed at providing this structure, while achieving continuous improvement throughout the contract period. The AMS endeavors to become the model for air transportation throughout the oil and gas industry. While this obviously is beneficial to those operators lacking a system, it also helps to set the standard and align the existing systems so that all think and act as one industry.
The AMS consists of nine individual elements that will be discussed in detail in this paper.
There are global concerns regarding the lack of staffing and funding of a number of national aviation regulatory authorities, which is reflected by the frequent inability of the regulators and inspectors of these authorities to properly enforce operator compliance with aviation regulations. By default, this situation has led to reliance on the integrity of air operators and aviation-related companies to obey aviation regulations that only represent the minimum acceptable standard. Even though it is in the interest of air operators and aviation companies to be committed to aviation QHSE, the facts show that this is not always the case.
In these circumstances it is hard for the user community to identify the conscientious, safety-oriented operator from those less dedicated in this regard. To assist in this, the Schlumberger AMS has been developed. When put in place within an air carrier's organization, the objective of AMS implementation is to ensure commitment to four fundamental values:
compliance with all applicable international and national air authority regulations
implementation of accepted good industry standards and practices
use of state-of-the-art safety technologies and systems in their operations
incorporation of ISO 9001 (2000 quality management system requirements).
The total AMS concept offers considerable flexibility because it applies equally to both the smallest one-aircraft operation and the largest international airline. However, the utility of the system need not be limited to operations. AMS equally applies to any element of aviation infrastructure, from airports to helidecks, or from spare parts supplier organizations down to individual aviation inventory items. Big or small, what is required is proof of compliance to the relevant AMS system, furnished by certified assessors using an approved certification or action plan.
This introductory section gives an overview of the baseline principals used in the development of the AMS, as well as the structures that are in place for the management of the system.
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