A gap analysis is one of the first steps to take towards FRMS implementation. The objective of the analysis is to:
- identify elements of the FRMS that are already available in existing systems and process
- identify existing systems and processes that could be modified to meet the needs of FRMS (to minimize “re-inventing the wheel”)
- identify where new systems and processes need to be developed
- inform an FRMS Implementation Plan, including Training and Promotions Plans.
The structured gap analysis reviews all the following FRMS components and identifies whether they are present, suitable, operating and effective:
- FRMS Policy and Documents – management commitment and responsibilities; safety accountabilities; appointment of key personnel; FRMS documentation
- Fatigue Risk Management Processes – fatigue risk identification; fatigue risk assessment and mitigation process
- FRMS Safety Assurance Processes – FRMS performance monitoring and measurement; the management of change affecting fatigue risk; continuous improvement of the FRMS
- FRMS Promotion Processes- training and education; FRMS communication.
Based on the ICAO FRMS evaluation form used by regulators, the gap analysis will enable operators to build an implementation roadmap and measure their progress through the four stages of implementation: preparation; trial; launch; maintain and improve.
Clockwork Research has facilitated gap analyses for a wide range of aviation operators, helping them to build internal evidence of the presence and suitability of the components that are required for an operating and effective FRMS.