FAA Publishes Rulemaking on Airport Safety Management Systems (SMS) 
July 12, 2016

Today, the FAA published the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) regarding Airport Safety Management Systems (SMS).  Nearly 6 years after FAA released the SMS NPRM in 2010, the agency has responded to the concerns raised in in numerous industry comments by offering this alternative proposal and requesting additional comments from industry.  

The key difference between today's SNPRM and the original SMS NPRM is the proposed applicability.  Rather than requiring an SMS at all Part 139 certificated airports, the proposal would only require an SMS to be developed, implemented, maintained and adhered to at small, medium or large hub airports that are also identified by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as ports of entry; or airports that have more than 100,000 total annual operations (according to best available data).    

Other major departures from the October, 2010 notice include extending the implementation period from 18 to 24 months, modifications to the training requirements and requiring submission of an implementation plan within 12 months rather than 6 months of the effective date of the final rule.

The FAA will be accepting comments on the SNPRM for 60 days from the official Federal Register publication date, which should be later this week.  AAAE staff will be working closely with the Operations, Safety, Planning and Emergency Management Committee's SMS Working Group, led by Joanne Landry and Scott Ayers, to develop consolidated airport comments.  If you have any questions, would like to be involved in this process or wish to submit individual prepared comments please contact Justin Towles of the AAAE staff.  

You can find more information by viewing the complete text of the SNPRM or by referring to the FAA Fact Sheet.