The FAA intends to implement SMS throughout the agency. The FAA's Airports organization established its SMS through Order 5200.11 and began implementing key components across the ocuntry in 2010.
To meet the requirements of safety risk management under the SMS, we will begin incorporating formalized safety risk management throughout our processes and procedures. This includes planning processes, approval processes, and the development of new standards like those depicted in FAA Advisory Circulars.
Under the Airports organization SMS, airport sponsors should expect to see formalized safety risk management incorporated into the planning and development processes for new airport projects. We will not require non-certificated airports to set up their own SMS, but we will require them to participate in the agency’s safety risk management process when planning and developing projects or changes on their airports. We will incorporate participation in this effort into the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
As FAA continues to develop and implement its internal SMS, we will update this website to include advisory guidance and policies applicable to the airport community.
- Order 5200.11 FAA Airports (ARP) Safety Management System (SMS) (includes Changes 1 and 2)
- Office of Airports SMS Desk Reference (PDF, 1.73 MB)
- AIP Program Guidance Letter 13-06: Safety Management Systems (SMS) (PDF) (added 9/16/2013)
Facilitators are used for ARP SRM panel meetings. Facilitator services must not be provided by the design/planning consultant or directly by the airport using internal employees or others with a specific interest in the airport. However, the airport sponsor can acquire the facilitation services of an independent contract of the project formulation process. The use of FAA Air Traffic Organization trained facilitators is also permissible.
Appendix F of the ARP SMS Desk Reference (available above) provides a guide for preparing consultant services scopes of work for airport planning and design/development services. Specific language should be tailored to the circumstances and requirements of the project and SRM.
In addition to those qualifications listed in section 1(b) of Appendix F, third party facilitators are expected to complete the ARP SMS Overview and ARP SRM Facilitator courses, which are available through the Integrated Distance Learning Environment (IDLE). (Users must register for access to this site.)