In November 2005, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) amended Annex 14, Volume I (Aerodrome Design and Operations) to require member states to have certificated international airports establish an SMS.
The FAA supports harmonization of international standards and has worked to make U.S. aviation safety regulations consistent with ICAO standards and recommended practices. We intend to implement SMS at U.S. airports in a way that complements the requirements of 14 CFR Part 139, Certification of Airports.
We are now considering the best way to introduce an SMS requirement to the more than 540 U.S. airports certificated under Part 139. The Safety Management System for Certificated Airports Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was issued on October 7, 2010. Airports are encouraged to comment on the proposed SMS rule through the closing date of March 7, 2011.
Before issuing a final SMS rule, we will consider —
We have already taken a number of actions to help us introduce SMS to U.S. airports, including developing an SMS advisory circular, sponsoring the development of additional guidance, and initiating SMS Pilot Studies:
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