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Safety Analysis & Promotion Division

Safety Promotion Program Office (SPPO)

The Safety Promotion Program Office (SPPO) is responsible for developing program requirements, technical guidance and policies for use by the FAASTeam Program Managers (FPMs) to support the SPPO annual work program.

The SPPO fulfills its mission by managing and supporting the Safety Liaison Team, and field personnel holding the position of FAASTeam Program Managers (FPMs). The SPPO 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 SPPO work program to achieve the SPPO’s safety program goals.

Our mission is to “Improve upon 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”.

Advises the Safety Analysis & Promotion Division, and other officials on the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the SPPO/ FAASTeam Mission. Responsible for development of the website and programs associated with it. Responsible for the FAA Safety Briefing magazine.

SPPO Process for Planning to Reduce Accidents

The SPPO develops standardized safety interventions primarily for General Aviation (GA), and may also support other safety initiatives such as NextGen, Safety Management Systems (to include Safety Assurance System) 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 SPPO is based on a safety risk management approach, using system safety principles, risk prioritization, and new technology concepts. These SPPO system safety techniques are used to shift the safety culture towards the reduction of accidents and incidents, to include runway surface incidents.


Valerie G. Palazzolo
Manager, Safety Promotion Program Office (SPPO),
Federal Aviation Administration
13873 Park Center Road, Suite 160
Herndon, VA 20171

Phone: (614) 656-8377

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