FAA Releases Safety Management Systems Rule for Part 121 Air Carriers


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The Federal Aviation Administration released a final rule Wednesday that will require most commercial airlines to have a Safety Management System (SMS) in place by 2018.

The rule requires all Part 121 operations, meaning scheduled airlines, to submit a specific plan to the FAA within six months and then put said plan in place within the next three years.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the new rule does not replace technical regulations. Airlines are still subject to FAA oversight and audits. He said SMS will help the Department of Transportation reach its goal of reducing U.S. commercial flying fatality rates by 50 percent by 2050.

The rule will take effect in 60 days.