Safety is our North Star
One of the most important value propositions of RACCA is its safety work which includes helping members incorporate Safety Management Systems. In addition, RACCA’s membership on important aviation regulatory bodies ensures the issues that matter most to regional air cargo operators are well represented.
Safety Management System
RACCA’s Safety Committee rolled out the Association’s new Safety Management System (SMS) during the plenary session at RACCA’s 2009 Spring Conference. The system is based upon AC 120-92, other FAA guidance material, and material from sources outside the FAA. “SMS Lite” was praised by FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Nick Sabatini, who was RACCA’s keynote conference speaker that year and was present during SMS Lite’s introduction. Sabatini noted that the agency is strongly encouraging the adoption of SMS by all operators, and that it would likely eventually become a requirement.
In 2012, the RACCA safety committee revised and updated the document, and published “SSMS” – RACCA’s “Simplified Safety Management System.”
The RACCA boilerplate SSMS Manual is designed so operators can fill in certain blanks to tailor the document to their own company, add or subtract features to adapt the program to the needs of their own organization, and then introduce the system as a stand-alone safety manual, or chapter in their company’s Operations, Personnel, or other manual.
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Fatigue Education Program
Initial Operating Experience and Interim Line Checks
Approved Ground De-Icing / Anti-Icing Program
Enhanced Flight Following
Cockpit moving map displays: Arrangements are currently being finalized to afford RACCA members a significant factory discount on Garmin GNS-430W / 530W radios, which incorporate GPS-based moving map displays; we expect to be able to publish details in early August
Terrain advisory features: Arrangements are currently being finalized to afford RACCA members a significant factory discount on Garmin GNS-430W / 530W radios, which incorporate a GPS-based terrain warning feature; we expect to be able to publish details in early August
Affordable, simple autopilot: We are working with S-Tec on special RACCA pricing for the S-Tec System30 autopilot, a simple heading-hold / altitude-hold unit which is widely STC’d, simple to install, reliable, and cost effective.