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General Aviation & Commercial Division

Safety Outreach Branch

The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is responsible for developing program requirements, technical guidance and policies for use by the FAASTeam Program Managers (FPMs) to support the FAASTeam National Performance Plan (NPP).

The FAASTeam fulfills its mission by managing and supporting the Safety Liaison Team (SLT) Leads and field personnel holding the position of FAASTeam Program Managers (FPMs). The FAASTeam develops and provides national safety promotion initiatives as well as national policy and guidance. Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) utilize assigned FPMs to accomplish the FAASTeam NPP to achieve the FAASTeam safety program goals.

Our mission is to “Reduce the Nation’s aviation accident rate by conveying safety principles and practices through training, outreach, and education; while establishing partnerships and encouraging the continual growth of a positive safety culture within the aviation community.

The FAASTeam advises the AFS-800 Division, and other officials on the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the FAASTeam Mission. The FAASTeam is responsible for development of the website and programs associated with it and responsible for the FAA Safety Briefing magazine.

FAASTeam Process for Planning to Reduce Accidents

The FAASTeam develops standardized safety interventions primarily for General Aviation (GA), and may also support other safety initiatives such as: NextGen, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Compliance Program, Safety Management System (SMS) and the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) Safety Enhancements, etc. In addition there is flexibility built into the program that affords the divisions, offices and field staff adequate flexibility to innovate locally, and respond to localized safety issues through:

  • Accident/Incident reports involving airmen from the area
  • Hazards identified by FAA Inspectors at local Flight Standards District Offices
  • Information from the local aviation community

The FAASTeam is based on a safety risk management approach, using system safety principles, risk prioritization, and new technology concepts. These FAASTeam system safety techniques are used to shift the safety culture towards the reduction of accidents and incidents, to include runway surface incidents.


Valerie Palazzolo
Manager: FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam)
Aviation Safety


Federal Aviation Administration
General Aviation and Commercial Division, AFS-800
800 Independence Ave S.W.
Washington DC 20591
Building 10A / 8th Floor / Desk #8E-604

Phone: (202) 267-1100

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