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Air Carrier SMS Deadline Looms

Under the FAA regulations, part 121 air carriers are required to implement acceptable Safety Management Systems (SMS) by March 9, 2018.  That is six months away!

14 C.F.R. § 119.8(a): Certificate holders authorized to conduct operations under part 121 of this chapter must have a safety management system that meets the requirements of part 5 of this chapter and is acceptable to the Administrator by March 9, 2018.

Most major air carriers already have these systems in place, but some smaller carrier may not yet have implemented an SMS program.

PMA holders should remind their air carrier customers about this looming deadline.  They should also be vigilant for air carrier requests to share data in support of the SMS program.


About Jason Dickstein

Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. He represents several aviation trade associations, including the Aviation Suppliers Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Air Carrier Purchasing Conference, and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association. He also represents private clients drawn from the spectrum of the aviation industry.


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