NATA To Host Webinars To Gather SMS Proposal Feedback

 - February 2, 2023, 12:00 PM
NATA is hoping to hear from members as it explains the why and how of the FAA's SMS proposal. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has scheduled a series of webinars to collect feedback on the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to extend the requirements of the Part 5 safety management system (SMS) regulations to Part 135 charter and Part 91 air-tour operators, as well as certain manufacturing organizations.

Released in January, the FAA agreed to extend the deadline for the rulemaking from March 13 to April 12 at the requests of NATA and NBAA. Both organizations believe the extension was necessary to gather feedback on how Part 5 would apply to their members and, in particular, scale to smaller operators.

To be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow (February 3), February 7, and February 9, the 90-minute webinars will review the “why” of the NPRM, what it is intended to do, and how SMS can accomplish that mission. The webinars further will review major provisions of the proposal. “Your participation will help ensure a comprehensive NATA response to the NPRM,” the association told members.