On Wednesday at EBACE 2019, aviation compliance experts Wyvern and AeroEx (Booth N115) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join forces by year-end in an effort to create a long-sought-after global standard for selecting, training, and qualifying safety auditors for the aviation industry.
“The current related information in our industry is fragmented and lacks robustness in the contemporary art and science of aviation safety auditing,” said Wyvern CEO Sonnie Bates. AeroEx managing director Joel Hencks agreed: “This new global aviation auditor standard we are after will ensure that aviation safety auditors are selected, trained, qualified and competent in a way that promotes and ensures effective and professional auditing practices.”
They plan to complete the process of creating the global standard by year’s end, addressing key topics such as leadership, ethics, communications effectiveness, analysis technique transfer, and interview skills for auditors. The hope of both companies is that this new unified standard will help define what a good auditor “looks like” in the aviation industry. Improving the consistency of safety auditors across the board should result in better audits for clients, as well as improve overall safety in aviation operations.
In other news, AeroEx Managing Director Hencks said those operating under EASA regulations should be aware of new EU electric flight bag (EFB) rules that are coming into effect on July 9. “Missing that deadline means your aircraft will be grounded or your crews will be unable to use your EFBs until compliance is achieved,” said Hencks. AeroEx provides operators with an online compliance toolkit that includes manual and risk assessment templates, checklists, and regulatory guidance material that flight departments and compliance managers can tailor to their own operations.