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Monday, 01 March, 2021

New NATA Safety 1st Training Center Course Enhances SMS Success

Washington, DC, March 1, 2021 – Today, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) introduced a Safety 1st® Training Center course providing foundational knowledge of Safety Management Systems (SMS).  “Intro to Safety Management Systems (SMS001)” covers the evolution of aviation safety, the core components of SMS, and the role of each employee in ensuring the success of an organization’s SMS.

"SMS is vital to the future of our industry, providing a framework for the way companies integrate safety into their organizational culture. The new ‘Intro To Safety Management Systems’ course provides an important tool for aviation businesses to grow and develop their teams, while also broadening their understanding of the components and process involved in SMS,” stated Michael France, NATA Managing Director of Safety and Training.

“Intro to Safety Management Systems,” which includes an online lesson, digital exam and on-the-job resources, complements NATA’s successful in-person Air Transport Safety Manager certification course, next offered on April 12-16, 2021. Existing Safety 1st Training Center subscribers can immediately access this new course.

SMS positively impacts all segments of business, it is imperative for every employee to have a stake in safety management success. NATA’s training programs and courses walk aviation businesses and employees across-the-board through every step of their journey toward achieving this success,” added NATA Senior Vice President Ryan Waguespack.

NATA’s Safety 1st Training Center utilizes exciting features, content, and flexibility – shifting the focus of training programs from simple compliance to true employee learning and development. Providing standardized training and support, NATA Safety 1st® is the leading resource for preparing individuals to safely handle general and business aviation aircraft.

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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for 80 years. Representing nearly 3,700 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines and the military and NATA serves as the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.