Airport SMS (Safety Management Systems)
The airport community has not been overly excited about the introduction of SMS as a tool of managing safety risks at their facilities. As described in this earlier post, the FAA altered the general SMS formula in its application to the Part 139.
Earlier, it issued a desk reference document to assist them into this new regime. That is a very useful primer on how to adjust the ICAO established principles to your particular airfield with its idiosyncrasies.
Here are some additional thoughts about the transition to a more comprehensive, more focused, more data-driven and considerably more individualized discipline of SMS.
With the inclusion of Part 139 certificates, the ADO must identify and manage hazards in its airports’ operating environment. The ADO and the CH jointly assess the Part 139 team’s ability to manage risk. The local office, in exercising its oversight responsibility, must ensure that the CH can operate safely under the regulations.
The process diminishes the need for generalized NPRMs and the attendant delays. Instead, the FAA, management (all branches of the airport) and all employees (whose representatives participate in the defining of priorities and the collaborative resolution thereof) create “improvements” to the entity’s individualized regulatory system.