The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has updated Order 8040.6A relating to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Safety Risk Management (SRM) Policy. The Order establishes the methods by which the FAA manages applicants’ requests to operate unmanned aircraft systems, and how AVS performs safety risk management in accordance with FAA Order 8040.4, Safety Risk Management Policy.
The Order defines the scope, roles and responsibilities, triage, governance, SRM triggers, and includes an outline for documenting SRM steps. The Order also clarifies responsibilities and describes the duties of Air Traffic Organization (ATO) and AVS to facilitate repeatable work processes when handling waivers. Exemption requests are currently handled per 14 CFR Part 11. Processes in the updated order support FAA Order 8040.4, establishing a safety risk baseline with common hazards and mitigations, that enable the FAA to address safety risk associated with UAS operations in the National Airspace System in a more consistent, coordinated, and timely manner.
Safety Risk Management (SRM) is one of the four components of a Safety Management System (SMS). The objective of SRM is to provide information regarding hazards, safety risks, and safety risk controls to decision-makers to enhance the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) ability to address safety risks in the National Aerospace System (NAS).
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