VOLUME 15 faa safety team policies
CHAPTER 1 General information
Section 1 General Information
15-1-1-1 GENERAL. The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) Safety Team (FAASTeam) is Flight Standards’ (AFS) Safety Program and resides
at the headquarters (HQ) division level. Both the Operations and Airworthiness
elements reside at the General Aviation and Commercial Division (AFS-800) in
the National FAASTeam Branch (AFS-850). AFS-850 provides national policy and
guidance. AFS-850 develops standardized safety interventions primarily for General
Aviation (GA), and may also support other safety initiatives such as NextGen,
Safety Assurance System (SAS), Safety Management System (SMS), etc. In addition,
there is flexibility built into the program that affords the regions and field
staff adequate flexibility to innovate locally and respond to localized safety issues.
A. Purpose. This section provides a brief overview of the FAASTeam
mission, Safety Risk Management (SRM) approach, National FAASTeam structure,
Volume 15, and the FAA Safety Program evolution.
B. Scope. This section is applicable to the FAASTeam and Volume 15.
C. FAASTeam Mission. The FAASTeam’s mission is to improve the nation’s aviation
accident rate by conveying safety principles and practices through training,
outreach, and education while establishing partnerships and encouraging the
continual growth of a positive safety culture within the entire aviation community.
D. SRM Approach. FAASTeam program management is based on an SRM approach,
using system safety principles, risk prioritization, and new technology concepts.
E. National FAASTeam Structure. To fulfill its mission, the FAA
Safety Program is structured with a National FAASTeam HQ staff and assigned
field personnel holding the positions as Regional FAASTeam Points of Contact
(RFPOC) and FAASTeam Program Managers (FPM). HQ develops and provides national
safety promotion initiatives as well as national policy and guidance. Regional
Flight Standards divisions (RFSD) and Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO)
utilize assigned FPMs to accomplish the National FAASTeam Performance Plan (NPP)
work program to achieve the FAA Safety Program goals.
F. Volume 15. This volume provides policy and procedures to National HQ
divisions, RFSDs, RFPOCs, and FPMs, as assigned. It provides the guidance for
administering, managing, and conducting the FAA Safety Program, as well as describing
structure, responsibilities, and interfaces. This volume incorporates content
from and cancels FAA Order 8000.83,
FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), dated 9/27/04, and FAA Order 8740.1E,
Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team Program Manager’s Handbook,
dated 5/30/07. This volume applies to all FAASTeam personnel regardless of unit
of assignment, and provides procedural information to other FAA personnel and
aviation stakeholders who may interface with FAASTeam elements.
15-1-1-3 TASK PREREQUISITES AND SIGNIFICANT INTERFACES
· FAA Order 8900.1, Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS).
· FAA Order FS
Flight Standards Service Organization Handbook.
15-1-1-5 BACKGROUND. FAA Safety Program Evolution:
A. Accident Prevention Program (APP). In 1970, the GA APP was established
to improve the attitude, knowledge, and proficiency of airmen to reduce GA accidents.
B. Aviation Safety Program (ASP). In 1995, the FAA changed the
program name to the ASP. Statistical reviews indicated that GA fatal accidents
were still not declining at an acceptable rate.
C. Creation of the FAASTeam. In 2004, Order 8000.83 established
the FAASTeam, based on risk management, system safety,
and new technology concepts. The program considered all areas of aviation and
prioritized resources based on the level of risk.
D. National FAASTeam. In 2010, as part of a larger realignment of resources,
roles, and responsibilities, the Office of the Director (AFS-1) refocused the
FAASTeam’s efforts toward GA. Through Order FS 1100.1B CHG 5, dated 5/24/10,
National FAASTeam staff (formerly AFS-8) were transferred to AFS‑800, establishing
the new AFS-850. Order FS
a description of the National FAASTeam
organizational structure and responsibilities. The primary purpose of the National
FAASTeam staff was to ensure the development of a coordinated annual National
FAASTeam Work Program.
E. Realignment. In 2013, the FAASTeam was realigned to restructure
AFS field office (AFSFO) support functions, staffing structure, and the principal
inspector (PI) workforce. The AFS Staffing and Review Committee recommended
the realignment of the FAASTeam from a function-based regional staff organization,
created in 2004, to a geographic-based field office support element. This realignment
was necessary to ensure the FAASTeam mission of GA accident rate reduction is
accomplished by providing an NPP to the RFPOCs, FSDO managers, and FPMs. National
FAASTeam Program direction and oversight remains with AFS-800.
15-1-1-7 through 15-1-1-17 RESERVED.