These individuals will exercise the judgment, leadership, vision and passion for safety needed for our profession’s future.
FAA Compliance Philosophy
Those who embrace the SMS/compliance/consistency/the new Part 23 will succeed, and most importantly, long term aviation safety will be the ultimate beneficiary.
The FAA proposed a $435,000 civil penalty against United Airlines, but there is a lack of transparency on whether the FAA will use enforcement or compliance.
To precisely relate the facts required better information about the inner workings of the FAA. This reporter did not discover why the FAA management revision was appropriate.
New structures are necessary to allow the FAA to really regulate aviation safety. In order to move from a reactive to a proactive perspective, these organizational evolutions are absolutely required.
The ultimate goal of the Safety Management System discipline is to proactively identify risks. Everyone in the organization must be actively involved in being aware of potential risks, identifying them to the SMS committee and investing in the solution selected.
The Helicopter Association International appointed Dr. Steve Sparks as Director of Safety. HAI’s selection was indicative of the new mode of regulator/regulated cooperation, and Dr. Sparks’ experience should add to HAI’s capacity to work with the FAA in this new regulatory approach.
Are Boeing’s safety programs deficient? Or is the FAA not supporting their new compliance philosophy? It would be interesting to know where along this continuum the facts lie.