Phil Fountain

About Phil Fountain

Fountain & Associates, Inc. founder Phillip J. Fountain channeled more than 30 years of corporate aviation experience into the design and creation of the iIS-BAO Audit Protocol software. Fountain's experience includes more than 16,000 hours of flight time in six different business aircraft and 10 years of IS-BAO auditing experience. Fountain and Associates is not affiliated with the IBAC or the IS-BAO protocol in any way.

New AvAudit Feature Helps Auditors to Work as a Team

A new feature of the cloud-based AvAudit Audit Protocol allows the simple addition of a second auditor to help perform specific duties while auditing an operator’s compliance under the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). The recently added feature addresses a key request from auditors already using AvAudit to create, evaluate and audit corporate flight [...]

By |2019-10-11T19:53:20+00:00October 8th, 2019|

From the Very First Step, AvAudit Brings a Smarter Approach to Completing an IS-BAO Audit

Earning accreditation under the International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) is a mark of pride for business aviation flight departments around the globe as a demonstration of their adherence to the industry's best practices, including use of an effective safety management system. Given its significance to business aviation operations, IS-BAO is an understandably rigorous program [...]

By |2019-10-11T19:52:08+00:00September 29th, 2019|

With a User-Friendly Interface, AvAudit Assists Operators with IS-BAO Compliance

More than 700 operators around the globe have earned certification under the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) that since 2002 has represented the gold standard for recommended best practices for business aviation flight departments. However, the complexity of the IS-BAO review and approval process often serves to dissuade other operations from joining this elite [...]

By |2019-09-16T19:29:28+00:00September 16th, 2019|

Rigorous Development and Testing Ensure AvAudit’s Robust Infrastructure and Ease of Operation

With so many new and innovative technologies available to help business aviation flight operations perform their duties, it’s imperative that developers take the time to ensure these solutions work right the first time, every time, right out of the gate. This is the mindset behind the AvAudit Audit Protocol. In development throughout the past decade, AvAudit [...]

By |2019-10-11T19:51:55+00:00September 15th, 2019|

AvAudit SMS Software to Include IS-BAO 2018 Protocol Spreadsheet Transfer

The 2019 release of Fountain & Associates’ AvAudit Safety Management software now incorporates importing and exporting data in the new International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) 2018 V1.0 spreadsheet format. Corporate flight departments, auditors and service providers conducting internal or external safety management system (SMS) audits can now import data from an IS-BAO 2018 or other [...]

By |2019-09-16T15:33:35+00:00August 16th, 2019|

Aircraft Maintenance System (AMS)

The Aircraft Maintenance System (AMS) provides the flight line and backshops maintenance execution, maintenance planning and management capabilities to maintain, operate and support aircraft in a safe, compliant and operational ready state to support the mission requirements. AMS integrates multiple maintenance management activities providing a consolidated centralized asset management tool. All aspects of maintenance are captured [...]

By |2019-08-06T15:42:15+00:00November 29th, 2015|

Cross-Reference Once and Maintain

Cross-reference your Flight Operations Manual Once and Maintain with each Protocol Cycle. Until AvAudit came along cross-referencing has been a real pain. Now you can place them once and maintain with each protocol cycle. When the next cycle is published the previous cycles cross-reference is migrated into the new protocol. Then all you have to do [...]

By |2019-08-06T15:43:23+00:00September 15th, 2015|

Is Your Accountable Executive a Wall Flower?

In years past, flight department Accountable Executives handled high level activities like department budgeting and the selling and purchasing of aircraft. The remaining flight department activities were left up to the professionals at the airport. As aviation Safety Management Systems mature, successful departments have encouraged the accountable executive to be more involved, from a high level, [...]

By |2018-08-12T21:18:00+00:00September 8th, 2015|

AvAudit Application Simplifies SMS

The portability of having the AvAudit database application on the cloud allows all company stakeholders access anytime, anywhere. The 395 (2018) protocol requirements are displayed on the left side of the layout, with comments in the Comments & Questions tab, and supporting information located in the various tabs on the right. This efficient system provides easy [...]

By |2019-08-06T16:04:48+00:00August 10th, 2015|

“Safety Space” A Need to Know Item in SMS

IS-BAO Requirement 3.1.2 S2a: Is there a safety policy that Includes a clear statement about providing necessary resources? The following, from ICAO Document 8959 Safety Management Manual, relates to this IS-BAO Requirement. 2.0 SAFETY MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS 2.7 THE MANAGEMENT DILEMMA Safety Space 2.7.2 In any organization engaged in the delivery of services, production and safety risks are linked. As [...]

By |2019-08-06T15:45:20+00:00August 4th, 2015|