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Meridian Air Charter | Manager of Safety & CASS

Come work for Meridian at our facility in Teterboro, New Jersey!

Meridian has a proud history dating back almost 70 years. Over the decades, we have grown from a small aircraft maintenance business into a full-service private aviation company. Along the way, we have learned that exceptional customer service is what our customers value most. That philosophy, along with our dedication to putting safety first, is the cornerstone of our culture at Meridian. We are proud to have earned numerous industry awards and accolades for our outstanding service and high safety standards, but that wouldn't be possible without the great people that we hire.  

At Meridian, we are looking for highly motivated and skilled individuals who understand that their actions will leave a lasting impression upon our customers, which contributes to the reputation of our company.

Position Summary: 

The Manager of Safety & CASS is responsible for the administration of the Company Safety Management System (SMS) program and functions as the Chairman of the Safety Committee. This position monitors safety issues, provides safety education, investigates incidents and accidents, acts as a resident expert on safety matters, helps to develop loss control standards, and makes recommendations to improve safety in the workplace.  In addition, the Manager of Safety & CASS manages the Continuing Analysis and Surveillance Program and completes other projects as assigned in accordance with the Federal Aviation Regulations, company policy, and industry standards.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Responsible for the Safety Management System (SMS) program and for overall safety at the Company.

  • Ensure that safety program elements are carried out
  • Review all hazards, receive all safety forms and evaluate with management
  • Make recommendations to correct/prevent identified safety issues
  • Implement corrective or preventative action, as required
  • Monitor corrective/preventive actions, as necessary
  • Monitor compliance with applicable safety standards (e.g., DOT, FAA, OSHA, EPA)
  • Research issues for possible solutions or someone else’s lesson learned
  • Monitor trends in the voluntary reporting system, as well as in accident and incident reports
  • Provide periodic reports to management on program status and compliance
  • Work with the Designated Safety Officer for the Flight Department and Maintenance Department, Chief Pilot and other department heads
  • Assume administrative rights for the ARG/US PRISM computer program
  • Ensure compliance with the Flight Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT) program and that information is logged appropriately
  • Review FRAT reports to ensure compliance
  • Monitor/review data from safety reports for high risk areas
  • Review reoccurring risks and adjust corporate profile accordingly
  • Conduct or distribute the internal evaluation audits as per ARG/US PRISM program and review the audits for any corrective action or possible trends
  • Assume responsibility as gatekeeper for Quick Access Recorder (QAR) downloads
  • Enroll new aircraft in FOQA programs
  • Review monthly reports from the analysis provider(s) with the Director of Ops, Chief Pilot or Safety Officer for Flight or Maintenance
  • Review Flight Operations Event Reports, evaluate with management, and direct required action, as advised by the Director of Ops, Chief Pilot or Safety Officer for Flight or Maintenance
  • Follow up/monitor/review all hazard reports 
  • Responsible for complying with and participating in Meridian's Safety Management System and OSHA training and programs 
  • Responsible for the role of Emergency Operations Coordinator and Chairman of the Safety Committee
  • Meet, train and provide oversight of the Emergency Response Plan (ERP) to ensure preparedness
  • Act as the Emergency Operations Coordinator for the charter ERP
  • Schedule quarterly safety committee meetings
  • Keep records/minutes of committee meetings
  • Communicate safety issues to all personnel, as required
  • Make recommendations to correct/prevent identified safety issues to mitigate the risk as part of loss control standards
  • Distribute safety related articles and accident recaps to company personnel
  • Act as liaison with safety organizations (formal and informal) on matters of industry safety concerns
  • Participate in all outside safety audits (Wyvern, ARG/US, IS-BAO, etc.), and address corrective actions, as necessary
  • Attend CASS and airport meetings, as required
  • Conduct a ‘Welcome to SMS’ class for new employees
  • Conduct and/or arrange for Remote Base audits (initial and yearly)
  • Conduct employee (safety) meetings to promote safety
  • Update Safety Manuals: Safety Management System; Emergency Response Manual (Charter); Facility Emergency Plan; and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)

The Safety Manager may delegate functions to other personnel, but retains overall responsibility.

 CASS Responsibilities:

  • Assures that the continuing analysis and surveillance program (CASS) meets FAA requirements and company expectations.
  • Reviews aircraft records as required to audit and perform root cause analysis in support of the CASS Program.
  • Assists during FAA audits and maintenance reviews of the CASS program and MEL administration.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of the Federal Aviation Regulations Meridian’s General Maintenance Manual and aircraft inspection programs
  • Performs vendor and technician audits and verifies their qualifications to perform maintenance and repair of company aircraft. This may be done both at and away from home base.
  • Assists in the submission of required reports to the FAA, NTSB, and other agencies on a timely basis.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor degree in an Aviation related field or in a business field is preferred, but not required.  High School Diploma or equivalent is required. 
  • Airframe and Powerplant license is required.  Inspection Authorization is preferred but not required.
  • Five (5) years’ experience in the corporate aircraft maintenance field.
  • Knowledge of: Aviation-related safety programs; Safety standards applicable to aviation operations; Accident causation and prevention theory; Safety margins; Risk management techniques; Human error; Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; Federal Aviation Administration regulations; Operation and Maintenance processes associated with business aircraft
  • Team player
  • Open minded listening skills
  • Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with Computerized Maintenance Program (Gulfstream) and C.A.M.P. Systems, Flight DOCS, TRAXXALL, and other industry maintenance tracking programs.
  • Spread sheet development
  • Report writing
  • Public speaking
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Some travel is required

 Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to use the hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms: climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Specific vision capabilities required by the position include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.



This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.  All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently.  Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others.  The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills or abilities.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Meridian is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.  Equal opportunity is afforded to all applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age disability, veteran status or any other status protected under local, state, or federal laws.

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