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The Strategy for AIR Transformation

AIR's strategy for achieving the envisioned Transformation consists of major changes in five distinct, but interdependent strategic areas – three pillars supported by two foundational, crosscutting elements (see Figure 2: Framework for AIR Transformation). The pillars of this framework include refreshing the certification strategy, investing in management systems to improve performance, and improving our organization and investing in our people. Success in these areas will require strong Industry commitment and the systematic application of change management practices. This framework underscores the broad scope of Transformation and assists with the organization of initiatives.

This plan proposes a set of 10 initiatives to achieve Transformation and its related outcomes. The strategy for Transformation recognizes the many interdependencies within the Aircraft Certification Safety System. As such, initiatives support multiple Vision Elements and outcomes. Figure 3: The Strategy for AIR Transformation illustrates the relationships between these elements of the strategy. Initiatives are grouped by the strategic area that best describes them; they are mapped to their most directly impacted Vision Elements and outcomes. The ordering of initiatives does not imply priority or sequence; rather, AIR will focus on a subset of initiatives each year, balancing strategic work with daily operations.

AIR Transformation

Figure 2: Framework for AIR Transformation – click on a Strategic Area to view more detail

Embrace Change Management

Change management is essential to ensure that the initiatives in this strategic plan are implemented successfully. Effective change management creates awareness and understanding about change efforts, improves employee engagement, and decreases stress and fatigue. This helps stakeholders embrace, adopt, and become proficient in executing the implemented changes in their day-to-day work.

As change management must be applied throughout AIR's Transformation, no specific initiative falls within this foundational piece of the strategy. Instead, change management will be proactively integrated and communicated across implementation plans to identify and manage the people side of change efforts. The following foundational action is necessary to support the implementation of the strategy.

Foundational Action
Develop an enterprise change management program. This includes implementing a scalable change management methodology. It also includes identifying and developing organizational change management capabilities and competencies to improve results and outcomes of initiatives.

How the Initiatives are Structured

The following sections describe the initiatives in AIR's Transformation strategy. The descriptions are intended to provide sufficient clarity to develop or refine specific implementation activities, without overly constraining possibilities. Each initiative is structured as follows:

  • Initiative Title: provides a brief description of the initiative.
  • Why it Matters: describes the role of the initiative in the context of the overall Transformation.
  • Output of this Initiative: describes what we expect the initiative to achieve and how it is linked to the Transformation outcomes. Detailed information on how we will monitor the outputs can be found on AIR's strategy website.
  • Actions to Achieve this Initiative: describes each action that AIR must take to achieve the initiative. These actions will inform the development of more specific Implementation Plans.
  • Complementary Stakeholder Actions: lists supporting actions identified by AIR and stakeholders to maximize the impact of each initiative. The Aircraft Certification Safety System includes multiple stakeholders internal and external to FAA. AIR is committed to engaging these stakeholders as we transform the system.

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