At NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans this week, the National Air Transportation Association recognized JetCenter Los Angeles at Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport as the second FBO to successfully complete the requirement for its Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard. Introduced nearly two years ago, the standard is intended to promote best practices in the aircraft service industry. The association believes the program will eventually become the bar by which all FBOs are judged, just as quality standards from companies such as Wyvern and Argus are used to rate charter providers.
Designed with input from the association’s safety and security committee, the program examines seven operating areas: management system, safety management system (SMS) and quality assurance, training, standard operating procedures, security, occupational health and safety as well as environmental awareness to form a total mosaic of the FBO.
Last April, APP Jet Center at Hayward Executive Airport in Hayward, Calif., became the first FBO to complete the requirements.