SITA, JDA and Intelex Join Forces as FAA Safety Mandate Nears

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SITA, JDA and Intelex have joined forces to offer SITA AirportSafety Management an integrated safety management system (SMS) solution to meet the proposed Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) Part 139 SMS rule due later this year.

The FAA rule will affect more than 540 commercial airports in the United States and is expected to come into force in mid to late 2012. At that point, the airports it will impact will have between 18 24 months to design and implement a SMS and safety manual as defined by the mandate.

An SMS helps to streamline airport operations by using safety risk management (SRM) processes coupled with technology to integrate people and systems that today are organized independently by the Part 139 function.

The three organizations have different areas of expertise which, combined, offer airports a comprehensive and cost effective solution to meet the SMS requirements.

SITA is a leading global IT provider to the air transport industry, including airports. In North America, close to 50 airports serving more than 845 million passengers use SITAs technology to run operations. SITA also works extensively with US Government departments, including the Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection, and the FAA.

JDA Aviation Technology Solutions is a leader in aviation safety, certification and compliance services. Collectively, JDA has over 1,000 years of FAA, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and industry experience in providing aviation system safety services. It is a qualified FAA certification consultant and a MITRE licensed SMS training and implementation organization.

Intelex Technologies supplies state-of-the-art SMS data collection and reporting applications to a variety of industries. Together these three experts provide airports the opportunity to be fully compliant as the new standards are set by the FAA this year.

SITA AirportSafety Management is an all-inclusive approach to SMS that builds on SITAs decades of experience of airport system integration and its ability to manage complex airport implementations. It leverages JDAs SMS design, implementation and compliance services and Intelexs state-of-the-art SMS data collection and reporting application giving airports the technology and resources to deliver an effective SMS.

Ilya Gutlin, SITA Vice-President Airport Solutions, said, SITA provides airports with a single point of contact to help manage the complex process of designing, implementing and supporting a compliant SMS. We understand airports and know that each, though similar, is different and therefore requires a unique SMS approach to meet its specific needs. With JDA and Intelex, we will provide our airport clients with a comprehensive solution to meet this rapidly approaching challenge and will allow airports to ensure compliance while saving time and money.

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