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DOT/FAA RIN: 2120-AJ86 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: +Safety Management Systems for Part 121 Certificate Holders 
Abstract: This rulemaking would require each certificate holder operating under 14 CFR part 121 to develop and implement a safety management system (SMS) to improve the safety of its aviation related activities. A safety management system is a comprehensive, process-oriented approach to managing safety throughout an organization. An SMS includes an organization-wide safety policy; formal methods for identifying hazards, controlling, and continually assessing risk and safety performance; and promotion of a safety culture. SMS stresses not only compliance with technical standards but increased emphasis on the overall safety performance of the organization. This rulemaking is required under Public Law 111-216, section 215. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 14 CFR 121    14 CFR 5   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 106(g)    49 USC 40113    49 USC 40119    49 USC 41706    49 USC 44101    49 USC 44701    49 USC 44702    49 USC 44705    49 USC 44709 to 44711    49 USC 44713    49 USC 44716    49 USC 44717    49 USC 44722    49 USC 46105    PL 111-216, sec. 215   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Final Rule  07/30/2012 
NPRM  Statutory  NPRM  10/29/2010 

Overall Description of Deadline: Congress passed Public Law 111-216 that instructs FAA to conduct a rulemaking to require all part 121 air carriers to implement a Safety Management System (SMS). This Act further states that the FAA shall consider at a minimum each of the following as part of the SMS rulemaking: (1) An Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP); (2) a Flight Operations Quality Assurance Program (FOQA); (3) a Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA); and (4) an Advance Qualifications Program.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/05/2010  75 FR 68224   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  01/31/2011  76 FR 5296   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/03/2011 
Comment Period Extended  03/07/2011 
Final Rule  07/00/2014 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Split from 2120-AJ15 
Agency Contact:
Scott VanBuren
Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Ave. SW.,
Washington, DC 20591
Phone:202 494-8417

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