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.

Acceptable SMS Behaviours What Are They?

IS-BAO Requirement 3.2.1.a S4: "Is there a safety policy that clearly indicate which types of behaviours are unacceptable related to the organization’s aviation activities and include the circumstances under which disciplinary action would not apply?" A good understanding of the process used to correct errors and violations as stated below are paramount in maintaining SMS communications [...]

By |2018-08-12T21:18:00-05:00July 30th, 2015|

Paperless SMS With All the Bells and Whistles

AvAudit is a cloud-based SMS application for stakeholders within a flight department. Features include: Helicopter requirements can be included or excluded from the protocol Displaying only the New requirement for the current protocol cycle (new is defined as a new or reworded requirement).A PDF Report button checks all required fields before creating the report which includes [...]

By |2018-08-12T21:18:00-05:00July 28th, 2015|

Thinking About a Safety Management System? iIS-BAO Software Can Help

In many facets of aviation, Safety Management Systems (SMS) have become much more than just a good idea. On January 8, 2015, the FAA Aviation Safety Organization issued a final rule requiring Part 121 operators to develop and implement an SMS. While this rule is specifically directed to air carriers, the FAA is also actively encouraging [...]

By |2018-08-12T21:18:00-05:00June 1st, 2015|

Jeppesen – EASA Requirements for Non-Commercial Operators

The following is republished with permission from a Jeppesen-sponsored a webinar entitled “EASA Requirements for Non-Commercial Operators.” Air OPS Annex VI Part-NCC obliges non-commercial operators of complex motor-powered aircraft to fulfill new legal requirements effective August 25, 2016. Beside others, it requires the Operator to: Establish a Management System Create an Operations Manual and a tail-sign [...]

By |2018-08-12T21:18:00-05:00May 18th, 2015|

Fountain & Associates Celebrates Initial Release of AvAudit Corporate Flight Department Audit Software

Corporate flight departments, auditors and service providers conducting internal or external audits can now access a new software tool to streamline the processes for building, maintaining and auditing Safety Management Systems (SMS). Developed by Fountain & Associates of Racine, Wis., the cloud-based iIS-BAO Audit Protocol software combines current 2015 standards set by the International Business Aviation [...]

By |2018-08-12T21:18:00-05:00April 22nd, 2015|

What’s New in 2015

Each year after downloading the IS-BAO documentation each user must comb through the protocol and figure out the changes for the current protocol. The iIS-BAO application flags each requirement that is either new or the wording has been changed since the last cycle. To clarify a new or changed requirement it's font is displayed in the [...]

By |2018-08-12T21:18:00-05:00January 2nd, 2015|

IBAC Comparison EASA AMCS for Non-Commercial Operations

This document supplements the document Comparison EASA Ops Implementation Rules for Noncommercial Operations with Complex Motor-powered Aircraft and the IS-BAO. That document is a comparative matrix of the EASA Implementing Rules (IRs) for the non-commercial operation of complex motor-powered aircraft and the standards of the IS-BAO. This document then compares the AMCs associated those EASA IRs [...]

By |2018-08-12T21:18:00-05:00June 11th, 2014|

IBAC Comparison EASA OPS Implementing Rules for Non-Commercial Operations and IS-BAO

The information contained in this comparative matrix is intended for the information of operators wishing to use the IS-BAO – an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations as part of their means of complying with Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 and the associated Implementing Rules for the non-commercial operation of complex motor-powered aircraft, and to assist National [...]

By |2018-08-12T21:18:00-05:00May 30th, 2014|

Measuring Safety Performance

The objective of this paper is to provide guidelines for the definition and implementation of a set of safety performance indicators as part of your safety management system. This document proposes an approach to safety performance measurement aiming at increasing your company’s potential for effective safety management that considers systemic and operational issues. Effective safety performance [...]

By |2018-08-12T21:18:00-05:00July 16th, 2013|