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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.


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. 

The Wonders of Aircraft Tires

by Admin 27. September 2011

We know our pilots and equipment make it smooth, but in reality, the physics of a perfect airplane landing involve a lot of heat and force. It involves conditions that ordinary tires just can’t handle. That’s why airline tires are a step above the kinds you’d find in any other industry.

Although they move through the skies with ease, aircraft are heavy vehicles. Combined with the speed involved in a landing, aircraft are built to exert a lot of force on whatever is underneath them. That’s why aircraft tires are built with such a heavy duty design – they need to withstand the heavy load of a landing.

In addition, airplanes handle different road conditions (or landing strip conditions, to be precise) than a typical vehicle. Planes may need to deal with not only rain or snow, but crosswind conditions as well. Unique tread patterns on aircraft tires allow them to land in nearly any conditions.

We also mentioned the large amount of heat generated during a landing. This occurs when the tires come into contact with the runway and the plane begins deceleration. Aircraft tires use two design features to render this heat harmless. Firstly, aircraft tires are filled with pure nitrogen. Compared to oxygen, nitrogen hardly expands with heat and pressure changes (like when a plane ascends and descends). Because they are filled with nitrogen, the tires’ shape changes very little which allows for smoother landings. In fact, nitrogen has proven to be so effective in airline tires, other industries (such as auto racing) now fill their tires with nitrogen too.

However, unlike these other industries, aircraft tires do not blowout from friction generated heat. A specially designed heat fuse is installed in every tire. If the tire reaches a certain temperature, the heat fuse melts and expels nitrogen from the tire in a steady, controlled stream – allowing for a smooth and safe landing.

When you think about airplanes, you probable never think of tires. Yet, they are an important part of all aircraft that make every landing possible.