VOLUME 15 FAA SAFETY TEAM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
CHAPTER 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Section 3 FAASTeam Program Structure
15-1-3-1 GENERAL. The program structure of the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Team (FAASTeam) requires the coordination
and collaboration of national, regional, and field-level FAASTeam personnel,
as well as a cadre of volunteers, to promote the Flight Standards (AFS) safety initiatives and programs.
A. Purpose. This section describes the FAA Safety Program structure,
consisting of a National FAASTeam Branch (AFS-850), Regional Flight Standards
Division Managers (RFSDM), Regional FAASTeam Points of Contact (RFPOC), Flight
Standards District Office (FSDO) managers, and field office FAASTeam Program Managers (FPM), as well as volunteers.
B. Scope. This section focuses on organization, reporting, and
basic responsibilities of AFS-850, RFPOCs, FSDO managers, and FPMs. Refer to FAA Order
FS 1100.1, Flight
Standards Service Organizational Handbook, which
defines the organization and functions of the AFS, Washington headquarters (HQ), and regional and national field office elements.
15-1-3-3 TASK PREREQUISITES AND SIGNIFICANT INTERFACES. [Reserved]
A. HQ Policy Division and Branch Level.
1) The National FAA Safety Program consists of a National FAASTeam
Policy Branch. FAASTeam responsibilities and authorities are found in Order
2) The AFS-800 division manager should maintain an ongoing dialogue
with all HQ division managers and the AFS-850 branch manager to ensure that
the National FAASTeam program has an appropriate policy in place to effectively address national and local concerns.
3) The AFS-800 division manager should have at least one formal
discussion (ideally in the third quarter of each fiscal year (FY)) with each
RFSDM to validate concurrence on the National FAASTeam Performance Plan (NPP) for the upcoming FY.
4) AFS-850 develops national policy, procedures, and related
guidance unique to the FAASTeam operations and airworthiness safety programs for AFS-800 for the field office managers and assigned FPMs.
1) RFSDM. RFSDMs are required to support and participate in the
National FAASTeam program in accordance with all related national policies and procedures.
a) RFSDMs are responsible for implementing the FAA Safety Program initiatives outlined in the annual NPP.
b) RFSDMs are responsible for reporting safety program performance measures using the Operational Analysis Report Site (OARS).
c) RFSDMs will establish and identify an RFPOC who will support and/or address
FAA Safety Program initiatives for field office managers and/or their assigned
FPMs. To ensure success of the FAA Safety Program, the RFSDM must ensure the
RFPOC is dedicated primarily to FAASTeam program issues and keep ancillary duties to a minimum.
2) RFPOC. This is the RFPOC for all FAASTeam program matters
within a given region. Although this is a regional assignment, the job function
may be performed at the RFPOC’s current duty location (i.e., remotely sited). The RFPOC is responsible for:
a) Being thoroughly familiar with the current NPP.
b) Updating and educating the RFSDM, field office managers, and assigned
FPMs on all national and regional FAASTeam Program matters and the contents, subsequent revisions, and impact of the NPP.
c) Coordinating communication and supporting the needs of FAASTeam Representatives
(REP) based in field office districts where no FPM is assigned. This includes,
but is not limited to, the review and approval of Safety Program Airman Notification
System (SPANS) events submitted by these FAASTeam REPs. Training for these FAASTeam REPs is accomplished per national policy and procedures.
d) Tracking and reporting safety program performance measures using OARS.
1) FSDO Managers. To support the FAA Safety Program and accomplish the NPP,
FSDO managers will utilize the assigned FSDO FPM(s). Managers ensure that initiatives
applicable to the FSDO’s geographic district are accomplished, completely identified
local safety promotion initiatives, and identify and mitigate unsafe hazards
and/or behavior within their district boundary. FSDO managers will also ensure
that FPMs have adequate supplies and resources available to accomplish their
work. These shall include, but not be limited to: a government car/van, travel
expenses, and access to color copiers to reproduce safety promotional materials.
a) From the Office of the Director (AFS-1), “We recognized at the start
that the realignment of the FAASTeam and reintegration into the FSDO would expand
the scope of FAASTeam employees’ work, but it has always been—and continues
to be—our intent to maintain the identity and the important core safety mission
of FAAST. The field-based FPM position, unlike so much of the work we do, which
involves a substantial amount of reaction-driven demand work, the FPM position
is intended to be a full-time safety promotion job. The GA fatal accident numbers
make it unreasonable to suggest that there is not enough work to keep a full-time
FPM busy in this function. On the contrary, the scope of the proactive safety
education and advocacy work I expect from our FPMs is limited only by imagination.”
b) An FPM may be an Operations or Airworthiness aviation safety inspector
(ASI) assigned to a FSDO and holds the position description as FPM. Several
FAASTeam activities are divided into three categories: core tasks, operations
tasks, and airworthiness tasks. An FPM who has either a maintenance or avionics
background may perform any airworthiness safety program task activity. An FPM:
1. Collaborates with the FSDO Management Team to plan, manage, and execute
the FAA Safety Program by accomplishing the NPP requirements, supporting regional
safety initiatives, and identifying and mitigating local safety issues. The
FPM reviews, evaluates, recommends improvements, and provides technical assistance
in annual FSDO local and regional Aviation Safety (AVS) outreach and education programs for which they are responsible.
2. Performs planning and oversight functions and day-to-day work independently,
and decides on priorities and approaches to support the full execution of the
NPP. The FPM may set up an ad hoc task force of industry partners and FAASTeam
REPs to advise on program planning (e.g., the planning of specialty program
priorities, the projection of future needs, and consideration of the impact of Federal dollars (resources) on the AVS outreach and educational program).
3. Initiates, plans, conducts, and/or participates in local and regional
meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences for the purpose of gaining support
of and advancing local, regional, and national agency objectives in the AVS
outreach and educational program areas. Represents the agency at a variety of meetings and maintains effective relationships with airmen, industry service
providers, aviation students, educational institutions, and other organizations and groups concerned with the AVS outreach and educational program areas.
4. Motivates and influences airmen and industry service providers through
a variety of groups and settings to adopt new approaches and to accept changes
in practices, methods, and programs for AVS outreach and education. The FPM
must be skillful in discussions and negotiations to gain the kind of support
and cooperation that will result in concerted efforts to advance the quality and value of the AVS outreach and educational program.
5. Evaluates effectiveness of the AVS outreach and education planning
and program through a variety of means, including review of project proposals,
curriculum and instructional materials, technical and progress reports, evaluation
instruments (data analysis), and discussions with managers, supervisors, FSDO inspector staff, and industry partners.
6. Serves as the agency expert and local and regional authority for
assigned broad AVS outreach and educational program areas. Provides professional
leadership and guidance to the local FSDO and Regional Office (RO) in carrying
out the local, regional, and national objectives of extending, improving, and
monitoring existing AVS outreach educational programs, as well as adding new
and innovative programs so that airman and industry service providers receive the highest quality AVS outreach possible.
7. Provides leadership and guidance to agency FSDO and regional staff,
and to local and regional AVS outreach education agencies and institutions on
new developments and national trends in the AVS outreach and education specialty
areas, and on such other matters as airman and industry training, certification, and local/regional priorities.
8. Conducts and oversees AVS outreach and educational projects in their
assigned program areas (specialty) to ensure that programs address the identified
aviation risk areas for airmen and industry service providers. The FPM is responsible
for all administrative safety program oversight activities within the safety
program and assigned specialty. In cases of FAASTeam staffing shortages, FPMs
may be assigned to provide administrative support to the safety program outside of the assigned specialty.
NOTE: For example, an Airworthiness FPM can manage the oversight of
operations FAASTeam REPs in the accomplishment of the operation’s NPP required
items and record the completion in the Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem (PTRS) using the operation’s PTRS code.
9. Recruit, train, and maintain an appropriate cadre of FAASTeam REPs
and FAASTeam Lead Representatives (LREP) to provide an avenue for airmen and
industry peer and professional support. These FAASTeam REPs and LREPs will perform
airman counseling and remedial training; conduct AVS outreach meetings, workshops,
and seminars; share their knowledge, resources, information, expertise, and
tools; and work together to build and conduct a network of AVS outreach events throughout the FSDO’s Area of Responsibility (AOR).
10. Perform review and analysis of aviation accident and incident data
and General Aviation (GA) pilot and mechanic deviation reports relating to events
and concerns originating from within their assigned FSDO districts. The review
and analysis will better assist the FPM in identifying local trends and formulating
recommendations for identified risk mitigation. The FPM may assist the FSDO
accident or incident Investigator‑in-Charge (IIC) in an investigation, only
as necessary to better understand investigation data for analysis; however, the FPM may not be assigned to investigate any accident or incident.
11. Entering PTRS data, per the NPP and the National FAASTeam PTRS/Labor
Distribution Reporting (LDR) Work Instructions, for tracking and reporting safety program performance measures to be used with the OARS.
3) FPM Facility Resources. The FAASTeam educational outreach mission requires special considerations that are unique.
a) Private Room. The FAASTeam educational outreach mission necessitates
meetings/interfacing with the aviation public. To ensure the agency adheres
to privacy requirements, an enclosed room or office will be provided for these meetings.
b) Storage Space. A secure office storage space for program materials and
equipment, furnishings, etc., will be provided, as required. If more than one
FPM is in the same facility, the storage space will be shared between all FPMs.
If there are no current FPMs at the facility, the space should remain reserved for transient FPMs to use when performing work functions in the area.
4) FAASTeam REPs. Volunteers who have applied and been accepted
by the FPM and RFPOC to accomplish elements of the FAASTeam mission. FAASTeam
REPs must complete required training and have necessary and applicable rights to the FAASTeam website at
individuals are managed and supported by an RFPOC or FPM.
5) FAASTeam LREPs. Volunteers who have met the qualifications
and who have been active as a FAASTeam REP for a minimum of 2 years. FAASTeam
LREPs regularly perform all of the functions of a FAASTeam REP in addition to
specifically helping the FPM support and maintain communications and support for the FAASTeam REPs within the FSDO’s AOR.
15-1-3-7 through 15-1-3-17 RESERVED.