FAA Implements Safety Management System

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced this week that its Air Traffic Organization is operating under a Safety Management System (SMS).
According to the FAA, "[SMS] enables the FAA to manage the risks associated with changes in the National Airspace System that include installing, modifying and removing equipment, as well as modifying and implementing procedures and airspace changes." This is a vital step in the FAA's NextGen technology upgrade initiative. In fact, FAA administrator Babbitt called SMS a "huge boost for NextGen."

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