Aircraft in the Parks

Denali Safety Briefing

NPS Short Haul Safety Briefing (Denali)

Risk Management

Risk management is a process by which we can maintain an acceptable level of safety during the conduct of our mission. Safety is defined as: "The identification and control of risk." Risk management is the identification and control of risk, according to a set of preconceived parameters. The parameters and the acceptable limits vary with the type of operation. Basic decision-making principles must be applied before any anticipated job, task, or mission is performed. The NPS embraces several tools to assist our aviation managers in making risk management decisions.

One of the ways in which NPS is applying risk management to the use of aviation is exploration of ideas that remove some of the risk to aviation users. An example of this is the increasing interest in using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to remove park employees from potentially dangerous situations or where they might be hindered by environmental conditions.

Aircraft in the Parks

GAR Model (Green Amber Red)

This risk assessment model provide a general assessment of risk for operations that covers eight general areas of concern. A sample form displaying a rating range for each element is provided.

Risk Assessment Spreadsheet

This worksheet will provide an excellent record of risk assessment, mitigation and management for any aviation project or activity. It is a very good addition to any project aviation safety plan.

Safety Management System (SMS)

The content and organization has been inspired by the “Pillars” of the Safety Management Systems (SMS). The resources provided are grouped into the areas of Promoting Safety, Assuring Safety, Risk Management and Policy to reflect those four pillars.

Safety Management System (SMS) is becoming a standard throughout the aviation industry worldwide. The National Park Service is committed to developing this standard within the Service. SMS will help NPS recognizing our organization’s role in accident prevention and developing a strong structured safety culture.

  • A structured means of safety risk management decision making
  • A means of demonstrating safety management capability before system failures occur
  • Increased confidence in risk controls though structured safety assurance processes
  • An effective interface for knowledge sharing between regulator and certificate holder
  • A safety promotion framework to support a sound safety culture

SMS can be utilized as a means of providing a formal process and structure to control the risk associated with the vast array of aviation missions.

It is the goal of SMS to create a positive safety culture where participants continually challenge the processes, the culture and the systems to identify weaknesses and where improvements can be made. This web site was created with the intent of providing relevant and current information, facilitate opportunities to capture the wealth of operational knowledge and experience from the aviation community and to link learning with training so we may actively take steps toward reaching that goal.