The Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) launched a Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program for design and manufacturing (D&M) organizations, called Manufacturers Safety Management System (MSMS) in January, 2011. During the pilot, led by the Aircraft Engineering Division’s Safety Management Design and Analysis Branch (AIR-150), the FAA will participate with industry to build an enhanced management system for safety using system safety principles. The FAA will oversee the implementation of MSMS at selected design and production approval holder organizations to establish the structure and expectations for implementation of D&M SMS. Specifically, AIR wants to understand, through firsthand experience, how SMS can be applied to a diverse, but representative, set of D&M organizations to achieve full safety benefits and best use of oversight and industry resources. (See the SMS Pilot Projects section for more information.)

The results of the pilot program will help AIR develop oversight processes and tools, as well as validate SMS requirements. Feedback from participants will assist future rulemaking activities that may be needed to fully implement SMS.

For additional information contact:
Linda Navarro
Acting Manager
Aircraft Certification Service,
Safety Management Design and Analysis Branch, AIR-150
(425) 917-6503
Email Linda Navarro