In a long-anticipated move, the FAA announced Monday that it will soon require companies conducting air tours, charters, and commuter flights to implement a safety management system (SMS) program. The mandate, aimed at reducing accidents, also applies to aircraft manufacturers.

“We applaud the FAA for taking this step to improve safety throughout our industry,” says Chris Hill, senior director of safety for Vertical Aviation International (VAI). “We have expected that the FAA would require SMS programs for several years, and we have worked with industry partners to provide a selection of scalable SMS programs, coaching and assessment tools, and training to our members at substantial discounts. In some cases, the discounts on the programs will even cover the membership cost in VAI.”

Please click here for more information on the FAA’s SMS program requirements. For additional information on VAI’s SMS program, please click here.

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