FAA publishes new rulemaking proposal to enhance airport safety

13 July 2016 (Last Updated October 17th, 2017 08:11)

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published its supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) for safety management systems (SMS) in the airport sector.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published its supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) for safety management systems (SMS) in the airport sector.

SMS procedures manage the safety and security of organisations by emphasising on risk management, assurance, policy and promotion.

Through the SNPRM, the FAA intends to incorporate proactive hazard identification and risk-management-based principles into everyday operations at airports.

"Through the SNPRM, the FAA intends to incorporate proactive hazard identification and risk-management-based principles into everyday operations at airports."

The proposal also amends the total number of airports that would need to implement the SMS programme.

According to the SNPRM, SMS processes need to be adopted at any Part 139-certified airport that is considered a small, medium, or large hub airport in the national plan of integrated airport systems, or has more than 100,000 total annual operations including arrivals and departures.

It should also be implemented at airports identified by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as a port of entry, or a designated international, landing rights or user-fee airport.

The original SNPRM demanded all Part 139 airports participate in SMS and be applied at more than 500 certificated airports.

Based on several industry comments, the FAA decided to amend the original proposal to apply it to only certificated airports that receive the vast majority of passenger flights, operations and international services.

The new revised FAA proposal will apply to approximately 260 airports.