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 offers a single, all-encompassing program for developing, training, maintaining and auditing compliance with the International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO). More than 700 business aviation operators in 35 countries are currently IS-BAO registered, working constantly to improve their safety and risk profiles, operating effectiveness and efficiency.
AvAudit complements the IS-BAO requirements with a user-friendly, cloud-based software solution, built upon the proven FileMaker rapid application development tool able to quickly convert the Excel spreadsheets used by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) into a user-friendly software interface.
With AvAudit, operators and auditors are not only able to quickly access their respective requirements under the IS-BAO process; the software also provides all related reference materials and questions, which the auditor may send through AvAudit to the operator to review and prepare. The end result is a much better and more thorough audit.
“Our goal was to put “smarts” into a spreadsheet, and the result is far more feature-rich than an Excel file,” said Jeremiah Kincaid, senior technical project manager for AvAudit development consultants DB Services. The company has been recognized three times, most recently in 2019, as the FileMaker Growth Partner of the Year for the Americas, and recently appeared on Inc. Magazine’s prestigious list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S.
While some technology providers use their customers as the beta-testers on new releases, AvAudit founder and developer Phil Fountain takes additional steps to manually test each IS-BAO audit requirement in his software, verifying that all information transfers smoothly and that operators won’t be confronted with frustrating errors.
Fountain also worked with DB Services to enact a rigid, seven-step process to develop, test and enact running changes to the AvAudit software as suggested by users, or dictated by IBAC requirements. “This ensures that each AvAudit field is putting out exactly what it’s supposed to,” he said. “We’re qualifying AvAudit in front of the entire world, and that is a responsibility not to be taken lightly.”