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ACSF reviews FAA proposed SMS rule, will submit comments before deadline

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has organized an aviation safety leadership committee to review the new proposed FAA rule. The new rule will require on-demand air charter, commuter and commercial air tour operators to use a Safety Management System (SMS). The notice of proposed rulemaking's (NPRM) goal is to improve aviation safety with the requirement for organizations to use a proactive approach to managing safety.RELATED STORY:FAA proposes mandated SMS program, public feedback requested "The ACSF is very pleased to see that the SMS NPRM is being issued," President of ACSF Bryan Burns said. Burns noted that the NPRM impact on SMS in Part 135 charter operations, air tour operations and Part 91 certificate holders. "The ACSF has long been an advocate for voluntary adoption of SMS, and, as such, we provide an industry standard and training to effectively implement an SMS," he said. "Moreover, the ACSF's board leadership has a cross-section of industry experts that represent air charters and manufacturers who've been actively engaged in promoting recommended safety practices. These industry leaders are already reviewing the proposed rulemaking to ensure that it addresses the variety, complexity and size of many of our member companies as they pursue a pathway to compliance." The ACSF will submit the results of the SMS NPRM review to the FAA before the proposed March 13, 2023 deadline. The FAA said the new rule will allow operators one or two years to comply. The rule was proposed on Jan. 10, and public feedback has been requested. The SMS is a set of policies and steps that has companies identify, watch and address any potential operational hazards early on. U.S. airlines have been required to have SMS since 2018. Other organizations, like the NTSB, have shown support for the proposed rule. This will support the FAA's approach to detect and correct potential safety issues before they result in accidents. Learn more about the SMS program and make your public comment before the deadline.
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