If a regulation on SMS is adopted, FAA will —
- Update the SMS Advisory Circular (AC 150/5200-37)
- Issue additional guidance as necessary for its implementation, including a detailed checklist and possibly a model SMS plan document.
Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) SMS Projects
The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) — administered by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) — prepared the following guidance on SMS implementation by airports.
- ACRP Report 1, Safety Management Systems for Airports, Volume 1: Overview
Report by the Mitre Corporation describing the general benefits of SMS, the ICAO requirement, and how SMS could be used at airports in the United States. 2007
- ACRP Report 1, Safety Management Systems for Airports, Volume 2: Guidebook
Report examines SMS components and their interactions and offers guidance on planning, implementing, and operating an airport SMS. 2009
- ACRP Legal Research Digest 19: Legal Issues Related to Developing Safety Management Systems and Safety Risk Management at U.S. Airports
Report provides airport operators with data and experience from SMS pilot study airports, addressing program management; SMS components design, development, and deployment; and SMS challenges and benefits. 2012
- ACRP Synthesis 37: Lessons Learned from Airport Safety Management Systems Pilot Studies
Report explores the basics of a safety management systems (SMS); discusses the concept of a “just culture” highlights efforts to implement SMS at airports and in other industries such as maritime, patient safety, and oil and gas; examines theories under which SMS could lead to increased liability for airports; and provides a review of select state sunshine laws and the federal Freedom of Information Act.
- ACRP Synthesis 58, Safety Reporting Systems at Airports
Report describes safety reporting methods and systems for airports certificated under Part 139 by assessing current practices, processes, and systems used to collect and analyze safety data and information.