2017 SM4 Safety Program
Southern AeroMedical Institute is a Partner in the Global Aerospace SM4 Safety Program. Global Aerospace, a leading provider of aviation insurance,has a vested interest in helping their clients and the industry pursue higher levels of safety. Launched in 2010, the SM4 Program was built on the concept of integrating four critical safety components; planning, prevention, response, and recovery. The SM4 program continues to evolve to meet the needs of the industry and provide targeted subject matter experts and financial support to the aerospace sector. The program includes:
- Access to cutting edge safety direct services
- Monthly aviation safety e-newsletter
- SM4 website resources
- Access to safety initiatives and enhanced training media
In 2016, SM4 launched the Community of Excellence to promote a new concept that would elevate the program and deliver unmatched service to the aviation industry. The Partners and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) continue to revolutionize the program to make it more visible and provide easy access to the many aviation safety benefits it provides. The Community of Excellence provides three levels of service: Level I: Complimentary industry resources, Level II: Global Aerospace client services, and Level III: Global Aerospace Elite client services.
Southern AeroMedical Institute has developed Level II and Level III customized safety direct services for Global Aerospace clients. The services are designed to help enhance and support existing safety programs. Each level will participate in the DeSat Training Program outlined below.
Level II: No Charge – One Pilot Per Policyholder to Evaluate the Program
Level III: Global SM4 Level III Vista Elite benefit would pay for two pilots per qualified flight department.
DeSat Training Program
- 1/2 Hour Lecture – “Slow Onset Hypoxia” with Dr. Buza in-depth review of Slow Onset Hypoxia, a basic introduction to aviation physiology, and a case review of accidents as a result of Slow Onset Hypoxia.
- 1/2 Hour Pre Flight Orientation – Introduction to Flight Simulator and Oxygen Mask
- Introduction to the Garmin G1000 and Zodiac Aerospace EROS Mask system
- Review of the Emergency Mask Donning Proficiency – Train pilots to comply with FAA regulations requiring pilots to don their oxygen masks within 5 seconds of recognizing their individual hypoxia sensations.
- One Hour of Flight – High Altitude Chamber Training
- Ear and Sinus check to ensure pilot’s ability to safely ascend to altitude above 5,000 feet.
- Scenario training begins at 5,000 feet with an ascent rate of 1,500 feet per minute.
- Trainees given flight instructions by ATC while engaging their simulator.
- Dr. Buza carefully monitors trainees, including communicating with them during the scenario to ascertain their individual hypoxia sensations.
- 1/2 Hour Post Flight Review – Review oxygen saturation and flight video with Dr. Buza
- Dr. Buza review individual sensation of each trainee while watching the video.
DeSat Video Gallery