Upgrading Your Airport’s Safety Management System to FAA/ICAO Specifications
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration intends to require US airports holding Part 139 certificates to upgrade their Safety Management Systems to FAA/ICAO specifications. Proposed requirements were detailed in June 2012 in a notice of proposed rulemaking and in draft Advisory Circular AC 150/5200-37A. The regulation, expected to become final in 2014, may apply to Class I, II, III and IV airports. Airlines will be subject to similar requirements from 2013.
The goal of the regulation is to supplement compliance-based safety management with a proactive approach to hazard identification and safety risk management. Airports and their tenants and customers will benefit from an organizationwide approach to safety management. Such an approach empowers personnel to report situations that may constitute a threat to safe operations and to process information systematically, with the goal of preventing errors and accidents rather than reacting to them.
Safety management systems are based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act principles of internationally recognized environmental and occupational health and safety management systems. An SMS may be designed as a stand-alone management system or integrated with the aviation industry member’s existing operational or environmental management system.
Futurepast assists airports and airlines with the upgrading of their Safety Management Systems to meet the requirements of proposed federal regulations. We work closely with airport managers to ensure that the SMS you design and implement is compatible with your management culture and integrates seamlessly with your existing management systems.
Based on your requirements, Futurepast consultants will help you establish the SMS as a stand-alone system or one that integrates with your other management system practices and procedures. We will also assist you with the upgrading and streamlining of existing management system practices and the selection and implementation of software solutions, if desired.
Futurepast consultants have years of aviation and management system experience. We are associate members of Airports Council International-North America and corporate members of the American Association of Airport Executives. Our consultants serve you from offices in Arlington, VA, and Spokane, WA.
For information about Futurepast’s services, please call 888-358-9047 (toll-free in the US and Canada) and speak to a Futurepast consultant today.
Fixed-Base Operators: While forthcoming FAA regulations do not at this time require the implementation of an FAA/ICAO–compliant SMS, you may be required by your airport to participate in an airportwide SMS or demonstrate that your SMS meets equivalent standards. Futurepast consultants can help you ensure that your safety management system is fully capable. We also provide auditing services to demonstrate conformity with the National Air Transportation Association’s Safety 1st Ground Audit program. Contact Futurepast at 888-358-9047 (toll-free in the US and Canada) for full details.
Bid on a Safety Management System Gap Analysis at the AAAE Conference in Reno!
Futurepast is offering a two-day Safety Management System gap analysis for an airport located in the United States at AAAE’s annual conference in Reno, May 19-22. The service will go to the highest bidder in AAAE’s Silent Auction. Proceeds from the auction benefit the association’s Scholarship Foundation, which awards financial grants to students enrolled full time in aviation programs at accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The Fair Market Value of this service, which includes auditor travel expenses, is $3,200 to $4,000.
At the airport’s option, the gap analysis criteria may be either the safety management system elements defined in the Federal Aviation Administration’s draft Advisory Circular 150/5200-37A, or those defined in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s document 9859 Safety Management Manual, draft third edition 2012. Futurepast will provide two days of on-site labor to perform the gap analysis. A gap analysis is performed as an audit and results in an audit report. The airport must provide written authorization for the audit from top management (e.g. airport director).