Meet the FAA’s New Rule with Civix SMS Software 

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a new rule in February to help airports detect and mitigate safety problems before they result in accidents or incidents. The final rule requires certain airports to develop and implement a safety management system (SMS). 

“This rule promotes safety and allows airports to work collaboratively with partners to mitigate risks and avert accidents,” said Associate Administrator for Airports Shannetta R. Griffin, P.E. in a statement.  

The final rule applies to more than 200 of America’s busiest commercial airports. The timeline to fully implement SMS ranges from four to five and a half years depending on the airports’ classification and operations, according to the FAA. 

Airports can meet the new rule requirements using Civix SMS software. It offers a flexible and integrated process that allows airport staff to report and mitigate safety issues before they become costly. 

Notably, Civix SMS software is used by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which claims the title as “the busiest and most efficient airport in the world.” ATL’s success with the solution is featured in a new case study. It outlines how the airport is using the SMS to: 

  • Power Proactive Risk Management 
  • Manage Reports in Real Time 
  • Meet Compliance, including the latest FAA rules and regulations 

ATL’s Aviation SMS Manager Scott Ayers says Civix SMS software “has improved efficiency, ensured compliance, saved costs, and of course, made our airport safer.” 

While safety management systems (SMS) have been around for several years, some aviation authorities have been better equipped to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) SMS policy and requirements.  

SMS is a structured, evolutionary process, so airports must stay on top of it by making SMS a business priority. Technologies must be leveraged to provide real-time, actionable data and help automate SMS. With so many aspects and requirements, the idea of cobbling together software solutions to create fully effective SMS can be daunting. 

That’s why it is advisable to look for one solution that can do it all as part of an airport’s integrated management system.  To help, Civix developed an SMS Guide, found here