The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is considering a more streamlined version of its international standards for business aviation certification (IS-BAO) program. The goal is to encourage smaller flight departments to take part in the audits, which will bring them into compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards and best practices.
Air Charter Scotland officially joined the Wyvern Wingman ranks at the Avinode booth (1047) yesterday at EBACE. The company recently completed a successful Wyvern audit to become Wyvern Wingman qualified for the first time.
Operators that undergo an on-site safety audit and meet Wyvern’s standards receive a recommendation for use by all Wyvern clients.
Although the FAA has developed a risk-based assessment process for inspectors to identify areas of greatest concern at repair stations, the agency is emphasizing mandatory inspections and not high-risk areas, according to an audit conducted by the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and issued on May 1.
The audit examined 27 randomly selected repair stations in the U.S., Brazil, China, New Zealand, Peru and Singapore that maintain aircraft operated by U.S. Part 121 air carriers.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced last month that APP Jet Center at Hayward Executive Airport in Hayward, Calif., is the first FBO to complete the requirements for its Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard. Introduced more than a year ago, the standard is intended to promote best practices in the aircraft service industry, and the association believes the program will eventually become the bar by which all FBOs are judged.
The Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General (IG) announced on January 23 that it is initiating an audit of the FAA’s ADS-B “information security controls.” While some concerns about insecurity of ADS-B signals have surfaced, it is not known if these concerns drove the decision to require the audit. The audit itself stems from a requirement in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
Wyvern, a global aviation safety auditing, consulting and information services company, recently announced that its Wingman portfolio–flight departments that have undergone the Wyvern audit process–has now grown to more than 120 companies in 29 countries. “Our standards far exceed government regulatory requirements,” according to the company. This mean, Wyvern added, that only companies with a demonstrated commitment to safety make the effort to become a Wyvern Wingman.
NationAir Aviation Insurance has added in-house IS-BAO audits to its services. The company’s claims advisor, Tom Surgalski, is now an accredited IS-BAO auditor and will provide its new offerings, which include Stage I, II and III IS-BAO audits, gap audits and general consulting on IS-BAO standards and safety management systems. Surgalski will be available to discuss IS-BAO issues at NationAir’s booth at the NBAA Convention next week.
NetJets sister company Executive Jet Management successfully completed an on-site audit and has become a Wyvern Wingman. Charter operators that undergo the on-site safety audit and are found to meet the rigorous safety standards conducted by Wyvern auditors are recommended for use by all Wyvern clients. Operators that successfully complete the audit have already met the Wyvern Standard, a “globally recognized seal of excellence.”
Each year Argus Pro compares a number of private and commercial operators’ compliance with ISBAO Safety Management System standards to better understand overall SMS effectiveness.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) is seeking input from the aviation maintenance industry through an anonymous survey measuring the burden FAA audits impose on repair stations.
Arsa is conducting the survey in tandem with an FAA project seeking to measure and quantify the impact of audits on repair stations and will submit the results to the FAA for comparison and validation with the agency’s own research on the issue.