ACRP Synthesis 37:
The Airport Cooperative Research Program’s (ACRP) Synthesis 37 is a collection of lessons learned from Airport Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Studies.
The goal of the synthesis was to provide U.S. Part 139 airport operators with data and experiences that were learned through the pilot studies, but the lessons could certainly be applied to airports that are safety-minded.
The synthesis covered the management of the pilot program, all findings related to the components of SMS and lessons learned from them, along with challenges and benefits to an SMS with conclusions and trends.
For more information, read the ACRP Synthesis 37. (March 2012)
FAA Office of Airports SMS Desk Reference:
In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Airports released the Safety Management Systems (SMS) Desk Reference. It’s a massive collection of all the information pertinent to SMS as of 2012.
The Desk Reference is written as a supplement to FAA Order 5200.11 by bringing to light the necessary requirements needed to implement an airport SMS. The reference mostly covers the procedures needed to bring all the components of SMS in line with Safety Risk Management (SRM).
There are a number of sections on general SMS guidance, one on the FAA, airport and state roles and responsibilities when implementing SMS, FAA Airport (ARP) specific implementation of SRM, funding for ARP SRM activities, a description of the ARP SRM Tracking System (SRMTS), and a description of ARP SMS Safety Assurance and Promotion.
For more information, read the FAA Office of Airports Safety Management System (SMS) Desk Reference. (June 2012)