A potential applicant should make every effort to gather as much information as possible about the process requirements of air carrier certification. Navigating this website and its associated links will provide a good start. Of particular interest to the potential applicant will be information on the implementation of a Safety Management System.

1. Safety Management System

A Safety Management System (SMS) has become an integral part of the certification and eventual operation of an air carrier. Before an applicant begins to develop processes and procedures that will be described in their manual system consideration should be given to incorporating SMS into their design. Information on the design and implementation of an SMS may be found at: http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/sms/. When the Pre-Application Statement of Intent is delivered to the local Flight Standards District Office the applicant should request the SMS briefing that is available.

2. Voluntary Safety Programs

Voluntary Safety Programs are an integral part of establishing a Safety Management Program for an air carrier. In addition, these programs are key elements of the risk management process that is vital to the establishment of an air carrier�s safety culture. These programs include; FOQA (Flight Operational Quality Assurance), ASAP (Aviation Safety Action Program), and the Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program. Information on these programs can be found at: Voluntary Safety Programs Branch - Program Descriptions.