Aircraft operators are facing a bureaucratic maze of new requirements covering issues such as safety and quality management at a time when they are under exceptional financial pressure and could do without the added burden. But these are just the sort of headaches for which UK-based Avisa Aviation Safety Systems believes it can provide lasting relief.
Specialized aviation services company Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US) has been selected by NBAA as a vendor partner for the association’s new safety management systems (SMS) training classes. “ARG/US has significant experience in all aspects of safety management,” according to ARG/US president and CEO Joe Moeggenberg.
To clear up continuing confusion about safety management systems, FAA Flight Standards SMS office manager Don Arendt told attendees at last month’s NATA Air Charter Summit that while SMS “is a set of decision-making practices,” it isn’t a substitute for compliance. While ICAO’s Annex 6 took effect on January 1, requiring countries to implement SMS regulations, the FAA has filed a difference with ICAO, and the U.S.
In response to the significant worldwide increase in demand for safety management systems (SMS), ARG/US has developed SMS-related products and services under the new brand name Prism–professional resources in safety management.
“StandardAero will never compromise flight safety, going above and beyond the regulatory, legal or acceptable minimum requirements,” said StandardAero president and CEO Rob Mionis.
“By implementing the Immune-Safety Management System, StandardAero has become vigilant in identifying risks and threats to product quality, and proactive in eliminating them. This allows the company to minimize the risk of future occurrences.”
Cincinnati-based specialized aviation services company ARG/US on Thursday released an on-site safety audit report focusing on commonly seen deficiencies in safety management systems (SMS) and emergency response planning (ERP). The report is based on 116 audits of Part 91 and 135 operators conducted by ARG/US between Jan. 1, 2007, and Feb. 28, 2009.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) took center stage at the second annual NATA Air Charter Safety Symposium, held last month at the NTSB Training Center near Washington Dulles Airport, following its announcement that it finalized an agreement with Executive Jet Manage- ment (EJM) to conduct safety audits of the 80 vendor operators that provide supplemental lift for EJM.
In February, the FAA chartered a safety management system (SMS) aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to seek industry input on new rules that will govern SMSs for operators and repair stations.
Since the August 2007 acquisition of StandardAero (Booth No. 1918) by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), the Tempe, Ariz.-based company has launched a number of new initiatives, including the expansion and redesign of some of its facilities, the opening of a new PW600 test cell and the implementation of a safety management system (SMS).