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Duncan Aviation Achieves SMS Level 3 Certification

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LINCOLN, NEB — Duncan Aviation is extremely pleased to announce that manager of Audit Programs Mike Brown has accepted a certificate on the company’s behalf from WYVERN Ltd. The certification recognizes Duncan Aviation for having a Safety Management System (SMS) in place at its repair station in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Duncan Aviation is an active participant in the FAA’s voluntary SMS program, and because of its voluntary nature, there is no certification of Repair Stations’ SMS by the FAA. WYVERN, a global company that is committed to guiding aviation companies in safety-risk management, has filled that void.

Based on the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards, WYVERN verified that the Duncan Aviation SMS met four levels of performance: Has an SMS in place, takes measures to mitigate risks from human factors, incorporates safety into the company’s culture, and has a means to assess basic aviation risks.

WYVERN certifies an organization to SMS Level 1 when all of the elements are present. SMS Level 2 verifies that the elements are present and operational, and SMS Level 3 shows that the elements work; that they’re effective in ensuring the safety of our team members, our products and services, and our customers. 

“SMS Level 3 means that our SMS policy can’t just be a manual on a shelf collecting dust,” Brown says. “The organizations that set international standards want to see the policy in action. WYVERN verified that our SMS coordinates all safety-related activity so we can better manage hazards. The audit found that we as a company use the SMS to help us learn from history, mitigate risks, and make informed decisions as we resolve issues.”

SMS Level 4 indicates that a company’s policies and best practices align, the safety culture has been sustained, the human factors program is effective, and decisions made by the organization are based on solid safety data. Duncan Aviation can apply for WYVERN to perform a SMS Level 4 audit in 2021.

About Duncan Aviation

Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of business aircraft operators, government agencies, and other aircraft service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit avionics systems, full paint and interior services, engineering and certification services, fabrication and manufacturing services, and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah. We also have dozens of other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with scheduled regional support and the quickest response possible to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.

For more information about any of Duncan Aviation’s services, call +1 402.475.2611 or visit https://www.DuncanAviation.aero/services