What is a Safety Management System (SMS)?

SMS is the formal, top-down business approach to managing safety risk, which includes a systemic approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. (Order VS 8000.367)

Welcome to the Aviation Safety Organization's Safety Management System Website! This website was created as a public resource for those seeking to learn more about SMS within the aviation industry and the FAA. This website will also provide resources to individuals and aviation product/service provider organizations seeking to learn more about implementing a SMS within their organization.

SMS introduces an evolutionary process in system safety and safety management. SMS is a structured process that obligates organizations to manage safety with the same level of priority that other core business processes are managed. This applies to both internal (FAA) and external aviation industry organizations (Operator & Product Service Provider).

This website will evolve; please continue to visit this site periodically for enhancements, updates and the most current information about SMS, Aviation Safety and the interface with FAA.

SMS Explained

Get quickly up to speed! What is SMS? Where did it come from? How does it work?

SMS Rulemaking Activities

Information regarding our FAA Aviation Safety rulemaking activities.

SMS International Collaboration

Information about our SMS international collaboration efforts.

Reference Library

Information at your fingertips. Access a wide range of guide books, articles, websites, and training materials for you and your staff.

SMS Pilot Projects

Have you heard about the FAA Voluntary Implementation Efforts and Pilot Projects? Learn about current (and future) planned activities.

FAQs

Get the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Specifics by Aviation Industry Type

Information tailored to your specific sector (ex: Air Carriers, Air Taxi, Air Tour, Maintenance under 121, Repair Stations, Non-Certificated Repair Facilities, Flight Schools, Simulator Facilities, Airports, etc.)

Contacts

Contact information for FAA offices working with SMS.

Please send us your feedback! What would you like to see on this website? Please feel free to email your comments to 9-AWA-AVS-SMS@faa.gov.