The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Argus International have agreed in principle to combine their ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) and Argus Platinum Standard, which is expected to reduce the workload created by multiple audits.
In the near future, Argus will offer an Industry Audit Standard (IAS) module as an add-on to its proprietary Platinum Audit Standard. The IAS module was developed from operational requirements extracted from best practices used by the Part 121 community and has applicability to Parts 135 and 91K. Operators that successfully complete the audit performed against the Platinum standard, including the IAS module, will receive the Argus Platinum rating and be added to the ACSF registry.
According to the principals from both organizations, the two standards will mesh well as the Argus Premium standard has become the most recognized symbol of an operator’s overall quality to charter buyers around the world. “ACSF accreditation recognizes a Part 135 operator or fractional manager that is using many policies and procedures common to its Part 121 counterparts to further enhance its overall safety management system,” said ACSF chairman Jeff Baum.