8900.1 CHG 445

VOLUME 15  faa safety team policies and procedures

CHAPTER 1  General information

Section 1  General Information

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


    FAA Order 8900.1, Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS).

    FAA Order FS 1100.1, Flight Standards Service Organization Handbook.

15-1-1-5    BACKGROUND. FAA Safety Program Evolution:

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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.

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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 1100.1 provides 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.