FAAST Blast — Week of Jan 09 – Jan 15, 2023
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update
Proposed SMS Rule for Manufacturers and Charter/Commuter/Air Tour Operators
The FAA has proposed a rule that requires charter, commuter, and air tour operators, and aircraft manufacturers to implement a Safety Management System or SMS (www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/sms). An SMS is a set of policies and procedures where companies identify, monitor, and address potential operational hazards early on, before they become serious problems. U.S. airlines have been required to have an SMS since 2018. This proposed rule is intended to improve aviation safety by requiring organizations to implement a proactive approach to managing safety.
You can view the proposed rule here: www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/01/11/2022-28583/safety-management-systems. Please send comments on or before March 13, 2023. You can view the FAA’s press release here: www.faa.gov/newsroom/faa-proposes-rule-mandating-use-program-detect-mitigate-risks-early.
FlySafe Topics Cover Aircraft Performance Calculations and SRM
The latest FlySafe topics for December and January cover aircraft performance calculations and safety risk management (SRM) respectively. Pilots should consult their performance charts prior to any takeoff, especially a takeoff that is out of the norm for the pilot. Knowing and applying some rules of thumb regarding takeoffs can help you make better initial decisions with go or no-go for a particular set of circumstances. Read more about aircraft performance and calculations at https://medium.com/faa/aircraft-performance-and-calculations-b24a10fe2401 and check out the video here youtu.be/EcC847JzN8A.
SRM is formalized way of dealing with hazards which can help pilots fly safer and more efficiently. It allows pilots to identify hazards, and assess and mitigate potential risks to an acceptable level. Find tips and resources to help you get started with SRM here medium.com/faa/introduction-to-safety-risk-management-8e1b1ac15b4c.
Safety is No Accident
You’ve probably heard the “safety is no accident” reminder in various parts of your life. Indeed, safety does not happen accidentally. It requires a level of thinking, planning, and acting that we often describe as “aeronautical decision-making” or “risk management.” Consider also that safety is not so much a state of being as it is a matter of doing the right things to create — and maintain! — safe operations. In the article “Safety is No Accident,” https://medium.com/faa/safety-is-no-accident-89fb6707025c we learn how integrating a personal safety management system (SMS) can help you better manage risk and be a safer pilot.
For more on the importance of mentoring, modeling, and professionalism in aviation, check out our Jan/Feb 2023 Leading By Example issue here: www.faa.gov/newsroom/faa-safety-briefing-magazine.
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