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 crowd.
With more than 30 years of corporate aviation experience, including several years as an IS-BAO auditor, pilot and software programmer Phillip Fountain recognized the need to streamline this process. In 2012, his company Fountain & Associates began working on the AvAudit Audit Protocol cloud-based software, providing operators, auditors, and service providers a single, all-encompassing program for developing, training, maintaining and auditing IS-BAO programs.
With AvAudit, the Excel-based IS-BAO protocols and checklists issued by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) are converted to an intuitive, user-friendly interface that is both easier to understand and to navigate, yet carefully details for operators and auditors alike each step of the certification process. Once all required steps are completed, AvAudit converts the final report back to an Excel document for submission to IBAC for review and acceptance.
The software may be used to create, evaluate and audit corporate flight department safety management systems (SMS) for IS-BAO compliance, incorporating IBAC’s four components of safety management: safety policy and objectives, risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion. AvAudit also preserves the integrity of the auditing process, granting each party access only to the steps and information relevant to their duties under IS-BAO.
Simply stated, AvAudit is a critical tool for navigating through the IS-BAO process. In the coming weeks, look for additional details and explanations of how AvAudit helps business aviation flight departments to verify compliance with IS-BAO requirements and program auditors to perform their duties more effectively.