Safety Management Systems of the FAA
Updated: Mar 7
Overview: Safety Management Systems
Environmental & Climate Change
Risk Assessment & Mitigation
Safety Management System (SMS) is the formal organization-wide approach to managing safety risk and assuring the effectiveness of safety risk controls. It includes systematic procedures, practices, and policies for the management of safety risk, (FAA Order 8000.369) as well as collaborations with Business Aviation, Air Operators, Aircraft manufacturers and Aviation service providers.
As part of the NextGen, The FAA currently is working with 37 Aircraft certifications and 7 Electric Engine certifications on further industry research to to improve the safety of National Airspace Systems(NAS) as an additional industry focus to identifying and mitigating risk to safety by implementing the appropriate procedures to enhance safety by assessing and studying data collected from various sectors. The SMS has enabled the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) & National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) deliberate on rule making to produce the gold standard for Aviation safety worldwide. Safety can never be over-emphasised.
Additionally, Climate change and Environmental factors are also considerations put in place through research and testing of fossil fuels with the aim to reducing greenhouse gasses by 2050 through the adoption of new technologies, rule making and establishments of standards to significantly safety issues that eradicates risk-based decision making and producing a continuous alignment with safety issues as opposed to an annual review as it was done in the past. The SMS provides the FAA adequate information to plan and allocate resources efficiently and effectively based on data-supported analysis & assessment, while also responding to rapid changes in aviation industry business models & growth in the National Airspace System.
International Standards are also incorporated in the safety management standards in compliance to Annex 19 of International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) through proper oversight of products, service providers, entities(organisations & Individuals) as established by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) & FAA. These regulations & Standards ae founded upon safety data & analysis with responsibilities and objectives of applying risk-based safety oversight & verifying safety systems and their applicable requirements as established for their processes and operations, products, and services during the operational phases or lifecycle of products by evaluating the effectiveness of the regulations and standards.
Safety always remains a priority to the Aviation Industry and its policies and requirements would continually be based primarily on Safety.
Further information can be found on FAA website
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