The importance of having a complete understanding of the FAA’s system safety-based approach to the certification process cannot be underestimated. The system documentation that you provide to the FAA during certification will be evaluated using a system safety-based approach. The FAA provides a video to help you gain an understanding of their policies regarding system safety. Early in the certification process you will verify that key company personnel have viewed the following pertinent video:

  • System Safety. This is an online presentation that provides valuable information on the FAA’s system safety-based approach to certification. In addition to requiring that key air carrier management view the video, the FAA recommends that all company employees watch it as well. View the System Safety Video (WMV).

Along with System Safety video, Advisory Circular (AC 120-92 (PDF)), Introduction to Safety Management Systems for Air Operators, provides information about the FAA’s philosophy and intent for air carrier oversight.

  • Safety Management Systems
  • Advisory Circular (AC 120-92 (PDF)), Introduction to Safety Management Systems for Air Operators, provides information about the FAA’s philosophy and intent for air carrier oversight. ICAO requirements that air carriers have a documented and implemented Safety Management System increase the importance of consideration of these programs for the applicant. Programs such as Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) and the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) play a key role in helping the applicant to establish a Safety Management System. These programs are the responsibility of the FAA’s Voluntary Safety Programs Branch.