Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Lisa Whittaker

Second Advisor

Scott Vredevoogd


Safety Management System, confidential incident reporting, just culture, Aviation Safety Reporting System, Western Michigan University, College of Aviation


Aviation is a safety focused industry that intends to continually improve safety. Many safety models have been created, but right now the most prominent model is the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Safety Management System (SMS). It has four components: safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion. NASA’s nationwide reporting system, the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) incorporates these four components, as does the program created by Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation. Termed the Collegiate Aviation Safety Reporting System (CASRS), it was created to bring NASA’s program to a local scale. This paper examines international safety systems and the relationship between ASRS, CASRS, and SMS. It uses specific data from reports and first-hand experience with CASRS and the College of Aviation safety committee to assess the system’s effectiveness and make recommendations for its improvement. Overall, CASRS was found to be an effective system, but specific recommendations have been made to the College of Aviation regarding ways the system can be improved to ensure its continued success.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access