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 the National FAASTeam, Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) management
team, FAASTeam Program Managers (FPM), and a cadre of volunteers to promote the Flight Standards Service (FS) safety initiatives and programs.
A. Purpose. This section describes the FAA safety program structure, consisting
of the National FAASTeam, FSDO managers, and FPMs, as well as volunteers.
B. Scope. This section focuses on organization, reporting, and basic responsibilities
of the National FAASTeam, FSDO managers, and FPMs. Refer to FAA Order
FS 1100.1, Flight
Standards Service Organizational Handbook, which defines the organization and functions of FS division and office elements.
15-1-3-3 TASK PREREQUISITES AND SIGNIFICANT INTERFACES. (Reserved.)
A. National FAASTeam Policy and Coordination.
1) The General Aviation and Commercial Division manager should maintain an ongoing
dialogue with all division managers and the National FAASTeam manager to ensure
that the National FAASTeam has an appropriate policy in place to effectively address national and office-level concerns.
2) The General Aviation and Commercial Division manager should have
at least one formal discussion, ideally in the third quarter of each fiscal
year (FY), with each subordinate manager to validate concurrence on the FAASTeam National Performance Plan (NPP) for the upcoming FY.
3) The National FAASTeam develops national policy, procedures, and related guidance unique to the
FAASTeam operations and airworthiness programs for the General Aviation and Commercial Division, FSDO managers, and assigned FPMs.
4) Safety Liaison Team (SLT) Leads coordinate National FAASTeam policy,
procedures, and guidance to FSDO managers and assigned FPMs. The SLT Leads are responsible for:
a) Being thoroughly familiar with the current NPP.
b) Updating and educating FSDO managers and assigned FPMs on all national FAASTeam
program matters and the contents, subsequent revisions, and impact of the NPP.
c) Coordinating communication, training and supporting the needs of FAASTeam Representatives
(REP) based in FSDOs 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.
1) FSDO Managers. To support the FAASTeam and accomplish the NPP, FSDO
managers will utilize the assigned FSDO FPM(s). Managers ensure that initiatives applicable to
the FSDO’s area are accomplished, identify safety promotion initiatives, and
identify and mitigate unsafe hazards and/or behavior within their area. 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, John Duncan (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 beenand continues
to beour intent to maintain the identity and the important core safety mission
of FAASTeam. The FSDO-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.” (Excerpt from John Duncan’s email sent to FSDO managers on April 28, 2014.)
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
FAASTeam mission by accomplishing the NPP requirements, supporting division
safety initiatives, and identifying and mitigating safety issues. The FPM reviews,
evaluates, recommends improvements, and provides technical assistance in annual
FSDO and aviation safety 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 aviation safety outreach and educational program).
3. Initiates, plans, conducts, and/or participates in meetings, workshops, seminars,
and conferences for the purpose of gaining support of and advancing agency objectives
in the aviation safety 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 aviation safety 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 aviation safety 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 aviation safety outreach and educational program.
5. Evaluates effectiveness of the aviation safety 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 authority for assigned broad aviation safety
outreach and educational program areas. Provides professional leadership and
guidance to the FSDO in carrying out the objectives of extending, improving,
and monitoring existing aviation safety outreach educational programs, as well as adding new
and innovative programs so that airmen and industry service providers receive the highest quality aviation safety outreach possible.
7. Provides leadership and guidance to agency FSDO staff, and to aviation safety
outreach education agencies and institutions on new developments and national
trends in the aviation safety outreach and education specialty areas, and on
such other matters as airmen and industry training, certification, and priorities.
8. Conducts and oversees aviation safety 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 (RT); conduct aviation safety outreach meetings, workshops,
and seminars; share their knowledge, resources, information, expertise, and tools; and work together to build
and conduct a network of aviation safety outreach events throughout the FSDO area.
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 area. 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 FAASTeam performance measures.
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/FSDO
manager and SLT 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 SLT Lead 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 area.
15-1-3-7 through 15-1-3-17 RESERVED.