FAA validates safety management scheme at US Airways

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US Airways has received validation from the US Federal Aviation Administration of its Safety Management System (SMS) ahead of the release of regulations to require all carriers to have a SMS programme.

The carrier in 2008 was one of the first airlines that committed to voluntarily developing the FAA's SMS scheme, and set a target of reaching full implementation by September 2011. US Airways says it reached that goal seven months ahead of schedule.

US Airways' airport, technical and flight operations, maintenance department, flight attendants and operations control have achieved level four SMS status - the highest available.

SMS is designed to identify existing and potential risk before an accident occurs by moving away from a traditional reactive approach to more predictive methods for managing risks.