FAASTeam Mission Statement
Improve the Nation’s aviation accident rate by conveying safety principles and practices through training, outreach, and education; while establishing partnerships and encouraging the continual growth of a positive safety culture within the aviation community.
The FAASTeam logo connotes safety of flight and conveys the concept that the FAASTeam is part of
the FAA, implying we are authoritative, and suggests we are approachable by the aviation community.
"As the educational outreach arm of the FAA, the FAASTeam is committed to serving the General Aviation community, and making our skies even safer.
-- Valerie G. Palazzolo, FAA Safety Team National Manager
What makes the FAASTeam unique?
FAASTeam Organizational Structure
To fulfill its mission, the FAA’s Safety Program is structured with a National FAASTeam Headquarters (HQ) staff and assigned field personnel holding the positions as Regional FAASTeam Points of Contact (POCs) and FAASTeam Program Managers (FPMs). HQ develops and provides national safety promotion initiatives as well as national policy and guidance. Regional Flight Standards Divisions (RFSD) and Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) utilize assigned FPMs to accomplish the National FAASTeam Performance Plan work program to achieve the FAA’s safety program goals
FAASTeam Process for Planning to Reduce Accidents
The FAASTeam HQ Branch develops standardized safety interventions primarily for General Aviation (GA), and may also support other safety initiatives such as Next-Gen, Safety Management Systems (to include Safety Assurance System) and the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) Safety Enhancements, etc. In addition there is flexibility built into the program that affords the regions and field staff adequate flexibility to innovate locally, and respond to localized safety issues through:
- Accident/incident reports involving airmen from the area
- Hazards identified by FAA Inspectors at local Flight Standards District Offices
- Information from the local aviation community
FAASTeam program management is based on a safety risk management approach, using system safety principles, risk prioritization, and new technology concepts. These FAASTeam system safety techniques are used to shift the safety culture towards the reduction of accidents.
Relationships with the Aviation Community
The FAASTeam "teams up” with individuals and the aviation industry to create a unified effort against accidents and "tip" the safety culture in the right direction.
A FAASTeam Member is anyone who makes a conscious effort to promote aviation safety and become part of the shift in safety culture. To become a member:
- Sign-up at FAASafety.gov and take part in all it has to offer.
- Pilots – participate in our new WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program
- Mechanics – participate in the new automated AMT Awards Program
- Attend live FAASTeam seminars in your area
Aviation safety volunteers that wish to work closely with FAASTeam Program Managers (FPM) to actively promote safety may be designated as FAASTeam Representatives. These volunteers receive training and are supported by the FPM with equipment and materials.
FAASTeam Industry Members
The FAASTeam has guidelines for the establishment of Industry Members. They are companies or associations of people that have a stake in aviation safety. The guidelines describe how these groups and the FAASTeam can formalize their desires to promote aviation safety together.
Together, as a team, we can make a difference by reducing aviation accidents!