Flight departments are beginning to embrace safety management systems (SMS), in part thanks to reductions in insurance premiums. Don Baldwin, a former flight department manager who now heads the Baldwin Aviation consultancy, says insurers have been a prime mover in Part 91 operators implementing SMS. “We’ve had a number of operators say they’ve experienced a significant reduction, but sometimes it’s hard to put a number on what ‘significant’ means. It’s not clear. Some say five or seven ...

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