Litson and Associates

M05 building, Bakers Square, Paardevlei, Firgrove Rural, Somerset West, ,South Africa
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About Us

Litson & Associates is the pre-eminent aviation safety advisory and training services company in Africa.

Advisory Services:

We provide the most professional aviation safety and quality advice to aircraft & airport Operators and resource industry Clients in the Oil, Gas and Mining industries. 

Are you concerned that you may have gaps in your management systems?

Litson and Associates is able to carry out an Operational and Technical Assessments of your organisation and identify gaps in your structures, systems, policies, procedures and practices.

An Assessment of this nature could be considered a ‘friendly audit’ and will work with the operator to identify any gaps (Findings) found and make suggestions (Recommendations) regarding the manner in which these gaps can be corrected (the Corrective Action Plan).

A comprehensive drafted report then follows, identifying not only the Findings and Recommendations but also making Observations on any issue, often complimentary, that is noteworthy. It is always good to know that a chosen work practice is regarded as positive.

Contact Litson and Associates for an unbiased Operational and Technical safety assessment of your Operation and move forward with confidence!

Safety Reviews on behalf of non-aviation Clients

As an oil & gas or resource sector company, do you have need to use an Aircraft Operator – fixed wing or rotary wing, on-shore or off-shore?

Litson and Associates conducts Operational and Technical Safety Reviews internationally on behalf of Clients such as oil & gas and mining companies and also VIP clients requiring the use of aviation service providers.

For our Safety Reviews the IOGP Aviation Sub-committee Aircraft Management Guidelines and Flight Safety Foundation Basic Aviation Risk Standard are used as a base line standards and enhanced as required by the Client or Litson and Associates in accordance with best practice.

Litson was the first accredited FSF BARS Audit Company and carried out the first BARS audits globally. Litson’s knowledge of the BARS audit process is second to none.

Litson has also developed its own comprehensive global aviation Standards and is able to offer these Standards to clients such as VIPs and the tourism industry for example, who are not operating in the oil & gas and resources sectors.

Regional airlines, corporate jet, on-shore and off-shore helicopter and geological survey operators have all been reviewed by our Aviation Advisors in recent years in Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Russia and all over Africa.

If you require peace of mind before you contract an air operator, call Litson and Associates to conduct an assessment of your potential air service provider.

Aviation Safety Management Systems: SMS made user friendly

Many Operators have heard of SMS and are aware that SMS is being mandated around the world by aviation authorities, for Air Operators and also for Airports. However, to many, SMS is still a mystery.

Litson and Associates is able to provide advice with regard to the implementation of SMS in your Operation. We advocate a number of simple to understand steps towards resolving complex safety issues in line with modern SMS principles.

The elements of the Safety Management System promoted by Litson and Associates are based on sound internationally accepted, fundamental SMS principles and are designed to give Operators tools to use on a daily basis.

Aviation Training:

Litson provides professional outcomes based aviation safety training courses. Each course is designed so that course Participants will have the knowledge to 'do the job'.


Litson specialises in providing in-house training both locally and abroad, with highly experienced instructors who are experts in their specific fields. In-house training courses ensure that the training is relevant to your company personnel’s working environment.

All our available training courses can be provided as in-house corporate courses.


Litson offers a limited number of open training courses in both Johannesburg and Cape Town throughout the year.

RPAS and UAV bespoke courses coming 2019.

  • MINIMUM 5 students per course, MAXIMUM 1
  • Course registrations close 10 days prior to course commencement
  • Courses will be postponed should there be an insufficient number of delegate bookings
  • Payments made for postponed courses will be reimbursed in full
  • All bookings are to be made via the L&A online booking system - click the Aviation Training button on the home page and follow the prompts
  • Invoices will be sent on receipt of an online booking registration
  • A 50% deposit is required within 2 weeks of receiving an invoice to secure enrolment
  • Full payment is due 2 weeks prior to course commencement
    • Cancellation received up to 20 days prior to course commencement – no charge
    • Cancellation  received 7 – 19 days prior to course commencement – 50% of course fee payable
    • Cancellation under 7 days prior to course commencement/'no show' – 100%  course fee payable
  • Safety Management Systems (SMS)  i
  • Emergency Response Planning (ERP)  i
  • Aviation Auditor (Entry Level)  i
  • Aviation Lead Auditor  i
  • Co-ordinator Occupational Health & Safety (COHS) 
  • Crew Resource Management (CRM)   i
  • Occurrence Investigation   i
  • Dangerous Goods (DG)   i
  • Safety Emergency Procedures Training (SEPT)   i
  • Quality Management Systems (QMS)   i
  • Quality Management Systems & Auditing (QMSA)   i

SMS: The central core of our activities is Safety Management Systems (SMS) simply because if an Operator has a fully functional SMS, the Risk in flight operations will be reduced to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). We offer professional SMS implementation assistance to aircraft and airport Operators so that the Operator implements simple bespoke systems to be used on a daily basis.


eSMS-S™, our secure web-site based SMS-Simplified tool, makes the implementation of SMS not only simple but most importantly, cost effective.  The eSMS-S™ system contains SMS information and both passive and active Tools. To mention just a few of the features:

eSMS-S™, our secure web-site based SMS-Simplified tool, makes the implementation SMS very simple and importantly very cost effective via a small monthly subscription fee.
The system contains SMS information and both passive and active Tools. To mention just a few of the features:

  • Store all Master documentation – policies / procedures / checklists / forms, and the system produces a Master list of Manuals
  • File accident / incident / hazard / bird strike reports and send them via the system to others for comment and reply. They can be closed out and filed in the system.
  • Raise an Agenda for a Safety Meeting and write the Minutes during the meeting via the system so that the Minutes are complete before you leave the meeting.
  • Plan Emergency Response Exercises – and once complete the system stores a history of ER Exercises.
  • Conduct Risk Assessments and Safety Cases
  • Manage the major changes in your company (Management of Change is an SMS requirement).
  • There is a Currency Management System in place - like your pilot currency board (but one for each category of crew member, employee, aircraft and hangar equipment)
  • An Audit Tool is in place to assist you compile audit reports.
  • Basic statistical tools for trend monitoring are now available and are being enhanced.
  • There is a communication system including:
    • There is a Red Tag system
    • There is a Safety Newsflash system
    • There is an email alert when you are requested to comment on an Air Safety Report

Because the system is web-site based, you can access the system and all your data and documentation from anywhere in the world.

Simple to use

We will continue to grow and enhance the system in line with our Users requirements but it will remain a simple-to-use system


Via a bi-annual subscription or annual subscription, with one month's discount

eSMS-S™ Our unique, secure web-site based SMS-Simplified tool, makes the implementation SMS very simple and importantly very cost effective via a small monthly subscription fee.

Litson's highly experienced advisors and trainers are available to assist Clients who require solid aviation safety advice. Our specialists have spent careers directly involved with flight operations, flight standards, training, safety and quality management systems, safety auditing and assessing.

Please contact Karen Litson for further enquiries.




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