Aviation Safety : The Federal Aviation Administration ( Faa )

739 Words May 8th, 2015 3 Pages
Applied Aviation Safety The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the mission of “providing the safest and most efficient aerospace system in the world” (FAA, n.d.). In order to accomplish this mission, they analyze information from many sources and determine where safety needs improvement in the aviation industry and then look for solutions to the issues. In 2006, the FAA wrote AC 120-92, Introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Air Operators, to establish a voluntary system were air carriers could deliberately incorporate safety programs into their daily operations. The SMS program is based on four pillars of safety; 1) Safety policy and objectives, 2) Safety risk management, 3) Safety assurance, and 4) Safety promotion (FAA, n.d.). The first pillar, safety policy and objectives, establishes senior management’s commitment to continually improve safety. It defines the methods, processes and internal organizational structure that is needed to meet the company’s safety goals (Rodriguez, 2012). The top management a company is already familiar with strategic planning, analyzing data, and setting goals for the organization to reach. This makes them the logical choice for developing the organization’s safety program. However, this choice also has some drawbacks if the CEO and Board of Directors are not aviators, as they may not have a firsthand knowledge of the specific issues that are dealt with on a daily basis in their company. Good managers will overcome…

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