Our organization is responsible for the development of ATO's Safety Management System and the integration of safety and training standards into the provision of air traffic services. We also lead organizational efforts to manage risk, assure quality standards, instill an open culture of disclosure, educate employees and promote continuous improvement. We provide training programs that will produce the highly skilled technical workforce needed as the FAA transitions to the Next Generation Air Transportation System.

Reports and Plans

Transforming Risk Management Cover Page Transforming Risk Management - Understanding the Challenges of Safety Risk Measurement (PDF, 1.6 MB)
This paper describes recent improvements to the ATO's safety performance measurement infrastructure. It focuses, specifically, on our enhanced Risk Analysis Processes and on the deployment of an entirely new set of safety intelligence tools — our Key Safety Performance Indicators. Armed with this new knowledge, we are developing increasingly adaptive and anticipatory approaches to safety, and deploying ever more targeted and effective risk mitigation strategies.

Air Traffic Organization 2014 Safety Report Cover Page Air Traffic Organization 2014 Safety Report (PDF, 1.5 MB)
The FAA continues to consistently meet, and often exceed, its own increasingly demanding performance targets. This success is not by chance, it is built on a proactive Safety Management System that begins with front line employees, is supported by a comprehensive safety culture, and helps focus resources on understanding and fixing potential problems.

National Runway Safety Report 2013-2014 Cover Page National Runway Safety Report 2013-2014 (PDF, 5.6 MB)
Runway safety is everyone's business. Working with stakeholders such as airlines, industry, pilot groups, and FAA lines of business, the Runway Safety Group has developed innovative programs and techniques to reduce the number and severity of surface incidents, including implementing the international standard phraseology "line up and wait" and requiring explicit taxi instructions for runway crossings.

Past Reports and Plans


IHS Jane's ATC Awards 2015 Runway Award Winner
Winner FAA ATO – Converging Runway Operations
Through collaboration, proactive safety management and an aggressive approach, the ATO made one of the most substantial safety improvements to the national airspace system in the last 10 years.

IHS Jane's ATC Awards 2013 Acclaim the Best of Breed
Winner FAA ATO - Proactive Safety Management Initiative
The FAA Air Traffic Organization continues to implement a Proactive Safety Management strategy that focuses on data collection, analysis and systematic identification and removal of risk as a core organizational value; committing resources to identify, prioritize and mitigate the most severe hazards in US airspace; and implementing the largest voluntary reporting system in the world.

Safety Programs

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