Air Safety

Safety

24 hr Safety Hotline: (800) 255-1111.
Please Use to Report:

  • Maintenance Improprieties
  • Low-Flying Aircraft
  • Aircraft Incidents
  • Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Violations.

Safety Advisories & Alerts

Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIB)

A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) is an information tool that alerts, educates, and makes recommendations to the aviation community. SAIB contain non-regulatory information and guidance that does not meet the criteria for an Airworthiness Directive (AD). For further information on SAIB contact the Delegation & Airworthiness Program Branch.

Safety Alerts for Operators (SAFOs)

A Safety Alert for Operators is an information tool that alerts, educates, and makes recommendations to the aviation community. This community includes air carrier certificate holders, fractional ownership program managers, and 14 CFR Part 142 training centres.

Each SAFO contains important safety information and may contain recommended actions. SAFO content should be especially valuable to air carriers in meeting their statutory duty to provide service with the highest possible degree of safety in the public interest. The information and recommendations in a SAFO are often time critical.

Air Transportation Division

The Air Transportation Division provides recommendations governing certification and operation of:

  • Air carriers and commercial operators of large aircraft (private carriers operating for compensation or hire)
  • Part 142 Training Centres
  • Aircraft dispatchers
  • Flight engineers
  • Flight navigators
  • Related training courses.
  • Air taxi insurance certification
  • FAA.s Aviation Safety and Health Program
  • FAA.s Whistleblower Protection Program
  • The National Simulator Program

Specific Functions

  • Advises the Director, the Associate Administrator, and other principal officials, and serves as a point of contact for the aviation community on matters in related program areas which are appropriate to the national level
  • Determines the need for and recommends research and development projects
  • Determines the need for, justifies, and formulates new or amended regulations, supplementary regulatory material and grants or denials of exemption petitions; participates in regulatory review programs; and develops operations specifications
  • Develops and recommends national policies, standards, systems, procedures, and program plans
  • Develops coordinates, and issues national directives to provide technical guidance on policies and procedures
  • Develops operating requirements and technical standards
  • Guides and assists the other divisions, the regions, and other elements of the agency in the conduct of the related programs; provides guidance on applying agency policies, standards, and procedures pertaining to current safety issues
  • Initiates, recommends, and coordinates actions to resolve safety problems resulting from accidents and incidents
  • Participates in the analysis and evaluation of the field execution of programs

The Air Transportation Division Also:

  • Assigns projects (other than rulemaking) with recommended priorities and provides technical and policy guidance to ensure the technical adequacy of related program activities performed by the Regulatory Support Division
  • Develops, coordinates, and recommends career development programs to ensure organizational competency for employees in the division
  • Oversees development and maintenance of aircraft simulator and flight training device qualification standards and criteria

Air Transportation Division-National Simulator Program Branch

The National Simulator Program Branch establishes standards for aircraft simulators, as well as the conduct of evaluations in simulators. The NSP also oversees initial and recurrent evaluations of flight training devices (FTDs) at the more complex levels.

Additional NSP Branch Functions:

  • Designated simulator evaluation specialists to serve on FAA Flight Standardization Boards and Flight Operations Evaluation Boards
  • Develops and administers all policy matters, directives, and advisory material relating to aircraft simulator and flight training device standards for evaluation and qualification.
  • Recommends and initiates rulemaking projects related to simulators and FTD.s.

National Simulator Program

Federal Aviation Administration
National Simulator Program, AFS-205
100 Hartsfield Centre Parkway,
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30354

Telephone . (404) 832-4700
Fax . (404) 761-8906

 

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