Argus International (Booth No. 3106), the Cincinnati-based safety auditing company, announced at Heli-Expo 2011 that two of its subsidiaries recently signed agreements.
Argus Pros, which provides auditing services, has been awarded a two-year operational safety audit contract by medical transport provider Ornge, based in Ontario, Canada, which operates 14 helicopters and six Pilatus PC-12 airplanes and has access to more than 50 additional medical aircraft. Ornge performs more than 20,000 hospital admissions annually and last year its flight operations covered more than 7 million miles.
Argus Pros has developed its own audit standard for air charter operators and holds authorizations from both the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Business Aviation Council and is one of five endorsed training organizations accredited by IATA to train auditors.
In the second agreement announced by Argus, Prism, which provides safety management system (SMS) solutions, has established a partnership with MissionMode Solutions, which offers web-based emergency response plan communications, an important component of a comprehensive SMS.
“MissionMode’s unique incident management and emergency response notification systems complement our Prism SMS program perfectly,” said Bill Yantiss, Prism executive vice president.
MissionMode increases the speed and accuracy of communications during routine operations as well as in emergency situations. Flight departments can quickly mobilize teams using MissionMode’s online Situation Center. The secure command center serves as a central hub for sharing resources, monitoring tasks and managing communications, and can play an important role in and ensuring the viability of an SMS during emergency situations.