The Aviation Safety Program ensures mission success and preserves human and material resources by preventing damage and injury through the elimination or mitigation of hazards. The center Aviation Safety Officers (ASOs) serve as the center's focal point for Aviation Safety and also are responsible for managing the center's Aviation Safety Program. These ASOs are assigned in the center’s Flight Operations departments and work with the center’s Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) organizations when needed.
As stated in NPR 7900.3, Aircraft Operations Management, “NASA's major involvement in aeronautics dictates a commitment to aviation safety, not only through the Aviation Safety Program but also in all technology programs.”
The chief of SMA has delegated management of the NASA Aviation Safety Program to the Headquarters’ Aircraft Management Division.