Corporate flight departments around the world have started adopting the new international standards for business aircraft operations (IS-BAO). The code of conduct was launched by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) in April and is intended primarily as a means of compliance with Europe’s new JAR OPS 2 operating requirements for non-commercial business aircraft.
Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US) has released an audit recommendations report after finishing a review of its 2007 on-site safety audit results. The report, based on the findings of 67 audits completed over the past 15 months, examines both safety management systems and emergency response planning.
Aerospace OEMs are increasingly turning to the Nadcap safety auditing program to verify the standards of manufacturing processes down the supply chain. Twenty-three major manufacturers, including leading business aviation players such as Cessna, Raytheon Aircraft, Airbus, Boeing, Honeywell, GE Aircraft Engines, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Sikorsky and Bell Helicopter, are now using the cooperative system.
Operators who need maintenance during a trip can now have some reassurance as to the quality of work they can expect. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Jet Repair Anywhere, an Internet-based subscription maintenance directory and auditing company, has begun scheduling on-site audits of FAA repair stations and maintenance facilities.
Cincinnati-based Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US) is extending its charter safety audit program (Cheq, for charter evaluation and qualification) to European-based operators. Starting early this year, ARG/US will begin a series of international audits (I-Cheq) of selected charter operators in Europe. ARG/US also plans to extend its I-Cheq audits to Canada.
The Performance Review Institute (PRI), a not-for-profit organization that develops performance standards and administers quality assurance and accreditation for transportation industries, has added eight new subscribing government agencies/contractors to its Nadcap program, bringing total subscribers to 32.
After 15 years of auditing charter operators only at the behest of the companies or individuals who hire them, Wyvern Consulting, on Tuesday, announced that Part 135 operators can now request audits of their own operations. “It’s about time we did so,” Wyvern founder and president Walter Lamon told AIN.
In its most recent AS9100 surveillance audit, Sabreliner’s southeast Missouri operations received a score of 98.9 percent, its highest rating for quality since receiving its certification in 2004. The facility received 870 points out of a possible 880.
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