FAA Publishes Draft SMS Advisory Circular For Comment; ACI-NA Holding Webinar to Discuss

On June 29, the FAA released the Draft AC 150/5200-37A, Safety Management Systems for AirportsAs outlined in the SMS at Airports NPRM, originally published in 2010, FAA is making this AC available to airports for a 60-day comment prior to the issuance of the final SMS rule.  After a quick review, the AC appears to include a background on the concepts of a SMS as well as providing general guidance on developing a SMS at your airport.  This is a significant re-write of the original Airport SMS AC, which was published in 2007.

At this time, we are still expecting the FAA to issue a final SMS rule sometime in the spring of 2013 at which time we would expect the final AC be published as well.  Please note that ACI-NA will be holding a webinar with members to formulate comments but if you would like to submit airport specific comments, please submit them to Chris Oswald (coswald@aci-na.org) and Matt Griffin (mgriffin@aci-na.org) by COB on August 17, 2012.  The FAA's deadline for comment submission is August 31, 2012.  Please feel free to submit comments concerning your specific airport directly to FAA.

ACI-NA will be holding a short webinar for all members on July 12 at 1:30 PM EDT.  We will summarize the contents of the AC and have a short discussion on our next steps.  We will be holding a second webinar with the Ops & Safety Working Group in late July to better formulate our comments.  If you are interested in joining the Ops & Safety WG, please contact Matt Griffin (mgriffin@aci-na.org). 

Meeting Name:  ACI-NA Airport SMS Advisory Circular Overview
When:  Thursday 12 July, 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Time Zone:  (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

For webinar info, contact ACI-NA Staff

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Chris Oswald (coswald@aci-na.org)  and Matt Griffin (mgriffin@aci-na.org).