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Miami Air International Leads the Industry While Advancing to Final Level of FAA Safety Management System Implementation. How important is this designation and what does it mean for charter travel?

by Karen 29. May 2013

SMS Implementation

Safety Management System (SMS) refers to an FAA pilot program that takes a systematic business approach to managing safety and achieving acceptable levels of safety risk. The approach is not only becoming the standard model for aviation safety. It is being used in other areas such as quality, occupational health and security. SMS examines the following four main components.

  1. Policy: Solidifies senior management's commitment to safety through clearly defined methods, processes and organizational structure.
  2. Risk Management: Assesses the need for or adequacy of risk controls.
  3. Safety Assurance: Reviews and evaluates established risk control strategies and identifies new risks.
  4. Safety Promotion: Includes tangible methods of creating a positive safety culture, including training and communication, across all levels of employees.

SMS is globally recognized for its effectiveness by organizations including the Joint Planning and Development Office, International Civil Aviation Organization and civil aviation authorities. 

Miami Air's Designation

How did Miami Air do with their SMS implementation? Out of the 90 participants in the program, we were one of only six airlines to reach level four of implementation. Plus, we were the first carrier in the charter airline industry to reach the top tier designation. Miami air achieved level four through an effective overall safety orientation and commitment, displaying top level safety planning and organization strategies, and meeting and exceeding those strategies for reactive, proactive and predictive safety processes. In the words of Miami Air CEO Jim Proia, we are "gratified by the phenomenal teamwork and commitment of all our employees to maintain the highest level of vigilance and focus on safety." 

Miami Air realizes that aviation safety is not stagnant. It's about continually striving to be better. SMS implementation lays the foundation for continuous safety improvement. The framework requires an organization to routinely examine its operations and the decisions around those operations, creating a safety culture throughout the company. Our clients can fly with Miami Air in confidence, knowing every precaution has been taken to ensure a safe trip. Contact us to book your group's next charter flight.


Celebrate that Big Anniversary with a Private Charter[s] Flight

by Karen 12. April 2013

So in college you were the Three—or Four or Five—Musketeers. You hung around together all the time, survived tests and initiations and mischief and all the fun that goes with the territory. You graduated in the same year, even got married around the same time, some to college sweethearts and others to mates met along the road of life.

Over the years you’ve kept in touch as best you can. Some years a Christmas card and a few calls have been all you could manage as you grew your business and your children, while other years you managed to gather at someone’s summer cabin on the lake or winter skiing chalet. Now there’s a big anniversary coming up, and you know you want to spend it with those older and still dear friends who have seen you through everything. So you’re planning a big get-together—bigger than that lakeside cabin can handle—and you want it to be the best anniversary event ever.

This is where we can help. Gather your friends and their families together and let us take them to that special anniversary destination aboard a private charter[s] flight. Here are some reasons that our special services will add just the right touch to this important anniversary celebration.

  • No matter how far you are going, you will only board one plane, you will not need to deplane if we make fuel stops, and your luggage will never be lost in transition.
  • We can handle 68 passengers on our Boeing 737-400 aircraft or up to 172 passengers on our Boeing 737-800, meaning that you and your friends can bring all their kids and grandkids along without worrying that we will run out of space.
  • We are ready to depart whenever you are. Since you are in charge, you will not need to wait in a crowded terminal, nor will you miss your flight due to traffic delays in town.
  • As with any airline, safety is our primary concern, and you can be assured that we fly only modern, fully certified planes that have passed the same, or more stringent, safety measures as those required for the commercial airlines.
  • After safety, our primary concern is your comfort and enjoyment. Unlike regular commercial air travel, where the goal is to pinch pennies, shorten leg room and minimize comforts, we have outfitted our planes with spacious legroom and our in-flight video is yours to direct. We have a wide variety of movie genres to choose from, or perhaps you each wish to bring a DVD for all to share as you wing your way around the world, or across the nation.
  • Our menus can also be customized to include exactly the items you want, from dishes that take you down memory lane to cuisine that anticipates your destination. Our open bar can be stocked to serve your favorite wines and cocktails.

So contact us today to arrange for a perfect anniversary flight!

In the Vanguard of Airline Safety Nationwide

by Dustin 9. May 2012

Miami Air International, America’s premier charter airline, took a giant leap forward in airline safety when the FAA’s SMS Project Office in Washington, D.C. approved Miami Air’s implementation of a Safety Management System (SMS), becoming only the fifth airline overall and the first Part 121 charter airline to do so.


SMS is an organized approach to managing safety.  It is a system that encourages airlines to take a deep look at their policies, procedures and accountabilities beyond regulatory requirements. It is designed to make the airline industry, already one of the safest industries, even safer.


Miami Air’s SMS has implemented proactive and predictive hazard identification processes to complement the traditional reactive processes.  The company’s management personnel, including the President have been trained to actively identify hazards and mitigate them before they cause an incident.  All Miami Air employees have been trained and encouraged to identify and report hazards in a non-punitive environment.


The concept of SMS is an effective, proven system of managing safety in Europe, Australia, Canada, and other countries around the world.  In August, Congress will enact law requiring all US Part 121 air carriers including both charter airlines and scheduled airlines, to implement a Safety Management System within three years.


“Thanks to our participation in the FAA’s SMS Pilot Program, Miami Air will be able to operate with a clearly defined and efficient Safety Management System that will show our employees, the industry, our government and governments worldwide, Miami Air International’s commitment to operate with the highest level of safety, as intended by the impending 14 CFR Part 5 regulation and international aviation standards,” said Jim Proia, President of Miami Air International.


Currently, there are 79 airlines in the entire US enrolled in the Federal Aviation Administration’s SMS Pilot Program.  Of these, only five, including Miami Air International have implemented the safety system.  Miami Air is the only luxury on demand charter airline to have implemented SMS.