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FAA Solicits Industry Feedback On Draft Safety Action Program Guidance

The proposed revision makes changes to better coincide with the agency’s new kinder, gentler approach to compliance.

Printed headline: ASAP

The FAA released draft Advisory Circular (AC) Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) 120-66C for public comment Feb. 6. The AC provides guidance for establishing an ASAP to “encourage employees of certificate holders or other operators to voluntarily report safety information that may be critical to identifying potential precursors to accidents.”

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The AC’s current version was published in 2002. The proposed revision makes changes to better coincide with the agency’s new kinder, gentler approach to compliance. For example, it renames the certificate holder-FAA agreement as a “partnership” and removes rigid programmatic deadlines. The proposal also takes into consideration safety management systems, provides guidelines for reporting events concerning hazardous materials and opts for random sampling assessments in lieu of program renewals.

Comments are due March 26. 

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