The FAA today published a Notice of availability regarding its issuance of Safety Alerts For Operators (“SAFO’s”) pursuant to Order 8000.87 Safety Alert For Operators. According to the FAA, a SAFO allows the FAA “to reclaim valuable guidance found in discontinued Air Carrier Operations Bulletins (ACOB)” and a SAFO “may also contain new and important safety information alone or a combination of safety information and recommended (non-regulatory) actions.”
SAFO’s are posted on the FAA’s Web site here. SAFO’s are arranged by category and by date, with the newest SAFO shown first in each category, the oldest shown last. Subjects include topics pertinent to various types of commercial operations. Although compliance with SAFO’s is voluntary, the FAA recommends that operators consult the SAFO website on a regular basis to obtain safety information that may be applicable to the their operations. If you would like more information on SAFO’s you can contact Hop Potter, Air Transportation Division, AFS-200, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, and Telephone (202) 267-8166.