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Overview of Domestic, Flag, and Supplemental Operations (FAA Part 121)

The primary objective of  FAA system safety is to ensure human and environmental safety.

The system safety discipline involves the application of special technical and managerial skills to the systematic, forward-looking identification and control of hazards throughout the life cycle of a project, program, or activity.

The FAA believes that proactively identifying, assessing, and eliminating or controlling safety-related hazards, to acceptable levels, can achieve accident prevention.

The FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) is the formal, top-down, organization wide approach to managing safety risk and assuring the effectiveness of safety risk controls. It includes systematic procedures, practices, and policies for the management of safety risk.

The four SMS components of the FAA are:

  • Safety Policy
  • Safety Assurance
  • Safety Risk Management
  • Safety Promotion

The FAA’s Safety Policy defines the methods, processes, and organizational structure needed to meet safety goals while Safety Assurance evaluates the continued effectiveness of implemented risk control strategies. It also supports the identification of new hazards.

Safety Risk Management, on the other hand, determines the need for and adequacy of new or revised risk controls based on the assessment of acceptable risk.

Safety Promotion includes training, communication, and other actions to create a positive safety culture within all levels of the workforce.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers FAA System Safety Workshop, a 2-day course designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of system safety in the context of aviation.

Through interactive sessions, case studies, and hands-on exercises, participants will gain valuable insights into identifying hazards, assessing risks, and implementing effective safety measures within the aviation industry.

This FAA course is designed for  professionals working in the aviation industry, including but not limited to aviation engineers, safety managers, system engineers, aviation regulators, and aviation safety specialists. It is also suitable for individuals seeking to enhance their understanding of system safety principles in the context of aviation.

For more information, questions, comments, contact us.



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