IS-BAO Newsletter | August 2013

The Numbers

There are currently over 700 IS-BAO registrants; 220 are Stage 2 and 95 are Stage 3. Have you started your IS-BAO implementation?

Compliance Monitoring

IS-BAO Standard 3.3.1 – “Each operator must establish and maintain a system for identifying applicable regulations, standards, approvals and exemptions and demonstrating compliance with them.”

A number of audits have shown that some operators do not maintain a formal system required to meet this standard. This is one of the important standards that affect every aspect of an operation, a requirement providing the operator with a detailed view of how well they are complying with the myriad requirements set forth by the State, ICAO and IS-BAO.

While the IS-BAO audit protocol provides a good start in devising a checklist to track requirements, a special Compliance Monitoring Tool is contained within the SMS Toolkit. Both of these checklists will serve as good tools to ensure full compliance with all standards and regulations. The most important element is a process that will use the lists to good advantage. Periodic use of these checklists as a part of a program, such as an internal evaluation program, will ensure both compliance and peace of mind.

Make sure you include your IS-BAO registration expiration date in this list; we continue to receive late renewals from operators neglecting to note this important date.

IS-BAO Standards Board

Later this month the IS-BAO staff will present its annual review of and suggested changes to the IS-BAO program to the IS-BAO Standards Board. The Board is the decision making body for all changes to the standards contained in the IS-BAO and for decisions regarding issue of Certificates of Registration.

Throughout the year the IS-BAO staff generates, collects and evaluates proposed changes to the IS-BAO standards and procedures in preparation for the Standards Board Meeting. If you have any suggested changes to any aspect of the IS-BAO program please submit them to James Cannon, IS-BAO Program Director, prior to 20 August 2013.

Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop

Have you ever attended the IS-BAO Fundamentals Workshop? Even if your organization is IS-BAO registered you may not fully appreciate how all of the pieces of the program fit together to support the SMS. Every registrant’s key personnel, managerial and supervisory, should have the big picture for IS-BAO. And, how about a refresher for key people in the department or the accountable executive in the parent company?

The Fundamentals Workshop provides a great overview of the entire program with emphasis on SMS and how it is fed by all parts of the organization. This information-packed workshop will make you and your people better appreciate the IS-BAO program and serve to motivate them to better employ its features.

Visit the Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop webpage to register.

IBAC’s Peter Ingleton Selected for NBAA Doswell Award

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has announced that Peter Ingleton, IBAC’S Director of Liaison to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), will be honored with the 2013 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award recognizing exemplary service to the global business aviation community. Ingleton will receive the award during a reception at the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) to be held Oct. 22 to 24 in Las Vegas, NV.

Ingleton has become an internationally renowned voice in the development of policy standards and recommended practices for the global aviation system, participating on a large number of ICAO panels responsible for aircraft operations and technical developments. He has extensive knowledge and experience in technical specialties such as those for aircraft operations, air traffic services and aeronautical telecommunications.

Congratulations Peter!


Words from Larry

Larry Fletcher is the IS-BAO Assistant Audit Manager, primarily responsible for all auditor applications and accreditation and Support Services Associates issues. He is also part of the audit review team and provides most the monitoring of auditor performance. Importantly, he has a broad civil and military background in aviation, both as a pilot and maintenance/engineering specialist. His maintenance and engineering background is most useful to us in IS-BAO in unraveling the intricacies of the maintenance world. Here are a few of his insights regarding IS-BAO maintenance and aircraft equipment issues we have recently encountered:

Crash Axes and Other Portable Equipment

Operational regulations pertaining to required items of installed equipment may be conditional statements that refer to the type or location of the operation being conducted. However, the requirement for some items such as life rafts, crash axes and other installed portable equipment may be governed by more fundamental documents such as basic aircraft certification standards, type certificate data sheets and supplemental type certificates for individual aircraft. These items normally apply to large, transport category (Part 25, etc.) aircraft. The operator should be aware of these issues if there is a question regarding their applicability to a particular aircraft.

Life Rafts

A few auditors are indicating in the Chapter 8 Protocols the operator flies with the life rafts only when necessary on extended over water flights. This could be a violation of the Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) for the aircraft being operated, regardless of Part 91 or 135 operations (other States, too). If the Transport Category TCDS indicates the aircraft is approved under FAR 25.801 for ditching, the aircraft will have a Supplemental Type Certificated (STC) interior that includes approved life rafts of sufficient capacity for all occupants of the aircraft.

These rafts must be installed at all times except for required servicing and then for a period of up to 30 days. If an operator desires to increase useful load for the aircraft by removing the rafts the owner/operator may elect to apply for a change to the STC from the STC holder (a cumbersome process…). Additionally, if your aircraft is not approved for ditching and is a Part 25, Transport Category aircraft, ensure you have Type I rafts with a TSO C-70a designation. A Type II is only approved for Part 23, Non-Transport Category aircraft.

While these items are based on US regulations, most States abide by these items, too.

Bits and Pieces

  • Prior to the on-site portion of the audit provide the auditor with a completed audit protocol. Importantly, each protocol item should list a reference in the operator’s manuals stating a process or procedure that proves conformance to the standard. This provides you with the assurance that you are ready for the audit and saves the auditor time in knowing where to look in your manuals. See standard 2.7.6
  • 9.1.1 – CAMP is merely a computer based maintenance interval tracking system not an Approved Maintenance Program and Control System.
  • 9.1.4 – For this item it is not enough to report that the operator holds a repair station certificate as a method of indicating full compliance with all the issues in this section. Many operators maintain limited repair station certificates pertaining to a few maintenance/testing procedures and do not have all privileges of many stand-alone repair stations.
  • Portions of chapter 13, Operational Health and Safety, apply to all operators, especially 13.1d, e, f.
  • Check your Registered Operators listing on the IS-BAO website to ensure your contact information is accurate. If not notify Paul Lessard with changes.

John Sheehan

IBAC Audit Manager

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October 22-24, 2013, Las Vegas, NV

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