• Identify Potential Hazards
  • Effectively Manage Risk

Business aircraft operators can use Safety Management Systems (SMS) to proactively identify potential hazards and effectively manage them.

Industry SMS Requirements

  • ICAO

    Many International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member states  are requiring formal SMS implementation for most operators. ICAO has identified four pillars of SMS:

    • Safety Policy
    • Risk Management
    • Safety Assurance
    • Safety Promotion
  • IS-BAO

    Developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and its member associations, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operation (IS-BAO) is a code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. At the core of the IS-BAO is a scalable SMS tool for business aircraft operators.

How We Can Help

If your organization has already started on the path toward SMS implementation or are simply considering the possibility, Kirkland Aero Group can help. We work with Part 91 and Part 135 operators of all sizes, and are prepared to provide:

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    A Free Consultation

    We will discuss the overall process and your current flight department status.

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    A Gap Analysis

    A gap analysis is an economical and efficient option prior to full SMS implementation. In the Gap Analysis, we will compare your processes to industry SMS standards to reveal any shortcomings. Between the Gap Analysis and implementation, Eddie Kirkland may be able to serve as an interim Safety Manager if needed.

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    Guidance and Assistance With Implementation

    We will analyze any “gaps” identified before creating an SMS implementation plan, including the steps and timeline required for SMS implementation. SMS implementation is typically achieved in four phases:

    1. Phase One – Laying the groundwork needed in order to begin implementing parts of the safety program
    2. Phase Two – Documenting foundational, core elements of the SMS in order to develop an internal SMS Policy as well as making provider and product recommendations
    3. Phase Three – Establishing the Safety Risk Management (SRM) process(es) and designing other elements of the SMS that will be critical for safety assurance activities
    4. Phase Four – Executing the SMS and then monitoring the SMS

Why Choose Kirkland Aero Group for SMS Consulting


“I have been in the business aviation industry for decades and am passionate about elevating the standards within. Clients appreciate both my many years of experience and commitment to ongoing education within the field.”
–Eddie Kirkland

  • As an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) auditor and among an elite group who have completed the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program, Eddie Kirkland is adept at helping individual operators and corporate flight departments operate safely and efficiently by offering objective, yet economical advice and guidance.

    Meet Eddie
  • 35+ Years Business Experience
  • 30+ Years Aviation Knowledge
  • Accredited IS-BAO Auditors
  • Certified Aviation Manager

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    IS-BAO Auditor

    Accredited by (IBAC) International Business Aviation Council

  • Certified Aviation Manager

    Completed the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program

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    Aviation Risk Management Certificate

    Completed the Aviation Risk Management Certificate program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


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    Active Corporate Contract Pilot

    Working with operators ranging from large, multi aircraft corporate flight departments to individual operators of business aircraft; experience in Part 91, 121 and 135 operations

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    Airline Experience

    As a former captain, training department instructor (within a Part 121 and 135 training department) and line check airman

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    Business Management Experience

    Including, but not limited to, budgeting, planning, accounting, purchasing, hiring and staffing