Safety Management Systems Detects Safety Flaws for Airport Operators

The application of a systematic, proactive, and well-defined safety program allows an organization producing a product or service to strike a realistic and efficient balance between safety and production.

The forecast growth in air transportation will require new measures and a greater effort from all aviation producers—including airport operators—to achieve a continuing improvement in the level of aviation safety. The use of Safety Management Systems (SMS) at airports can contribute to this effort by increasing the likelihood that operators will detect and correct safety problems before those problems result in an aircraft accident or incident.

The FAA supports harmonization of international standards and has worked to make U.S. aviation safety regulations consistent with ICAO standards and recommended practices.