Small Airports and Safety Management Systems (SMS) SNPRM and Draft AC.

As you know, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in mid-July published the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Safety Management System for Certificated Airports, as well as a revised version of Draft Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-37A, Safety Management Systems for Airports.   

ACI-NA is continuing to review both documents and the impact on small and non-hub airports alike. We are working closely with members of the ACI-NA Operations & Technical Affairs Committee to ensure the working interests of small airports are taken into consideration. 

Moreover, an ACI-NA SMS Task Force has been assembled to assist with preparation of comments regarding both the SNPRM and draft AC which are due by September 12, 2016. ACI-NA is actively seeking additional small airport representation on the 20 member SMS Task Force. If interested, please contact ACI-NA as soon as possible, as the Task Force is scheduled to have a kick-off conference call next Wednesday, July 27.

In the meantime, the Small Airports Committee is encouraging members to review the SNPRM and draft AC and will accept comments from individual members via email over the next six weeks. To assist members with their review, ACI-NA has created a SMS Resource Center to serve as a central depository for all SMS related documents.