Including Safety in Your FBO Selection

Aircraft operators consider a number of factors when choosing an FBO: available facilities, customer service, fuel cost, hangar availability, location and fees. As you read that list, one important item is absent – safety. A recent study by the VanAllen Group found that ground incidents accounted for “the largest source of [insurance] claims payments.”

Though safety is not on the list above, the bottom line is that aircraft operators care about safety in all they do. In fact, a focus on FBO safety is considered a given expectation. Think about the last time you went to a restaurant; did you spend any time thinking about whether the food you consumed would give you food poisoning? Probably not, and this is not because you don’t care about food safety, but rather because you assume that restaurant is focusing on preventing food borne illness. The same is true with FBO selection, an FBO with quality facilities, great customer service, and competitive pricing must be doing the right things when it comes to safety, correct?

FBO safety is also challenging to assess from afar. How can a dispatcher, scheduler or flight coordinator effectively evaluate an FBO’s safety program during a phone call? Challenges aside, with ground handling incidents being a leading cause of aircraft damage, our industry has determined that aircraft operators should be even more proactive when it comes to ensuring ground safety of aircraft at remote locations. Standards like the International Standard – Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s (ACSF) Industry Audit Standard (IAS) both include requirements for reviewing ground handling safety while aircraft are away from home. So what can an aircraft operator do?

First, we must understand the basis for ground handling safety in our industry. In the U.S. ground handling is governed by industry standard. Some of those standards include Airlines for America’s (A4A) Spec 103 (fuel quality), NATA’s Safety 1st Program (operational safety training) and the International Standard – Business Aircraft Handling (safety management system (SMS) and standard practice). When implemented and rigorously adhered to, these standards form a solid base that aircraft operators can rely on as an indicator that FBOs are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the aircraft, passengers and crew they handle.

Asking “Is your FBO IS-BAH registered and Safety 1st qualified?” is the quickest and simplest means to assess the safety commitment of an FBO. Currently over 600 locations meet the Safety 1st qualification requirements and over 50 FBOs have achieved IS-BAH registration with even more on the way during Q1 of this year. Of course, what is done with this information is up to each individual aircraft operator. Likely, it will be used in combination with other factors. Even though it may not be a sole decision making criterion, there is no replacement for checking an FBO’s Safety 1st and IS-BAH registration status. In fact, aircraft operators can verify Safety 1st & IS-BAH status of FBOs around the world by visiting www.fbostatus.com. A global map utilizing the familiar Google Maps platform displays every FBO in the world that is Safety 1st qualified or IS-BAH registered. The map is searchable by airport, city, state and FBO name and provides a quick way to verify the status of any FBO you might choose to visit.

Ground handling safety is important to FBOs and it is important to you as an aircraft operator. Taking a few moments in your FBO evaluation process to ask, “Are you IS-BAH registered and Safety 1st qualified?” and verifying that status on www.fbostatus.com provides you a critical decision point in your FBO selection process.

Republished from Business Air’s Charter Today (Q1 2017)

EAN Aviation Becomes First African Safety 1st Qualified Location to Appear on NATA’s Global FBO/Ground Handler Status Map

EAN Aviation, of Lagos, Nigeria is the first African company to receive the Safety 1st qualified designation.

To read more about EAN Aviation’s latest achievement, click here.

The FBO/Ground Handler Status Map launched in April to highlight FBOs and ground handlers that are Safety 1st qualified and/or (IS-BAH) registered. View the map at www.fbostatus.com.

CONGRATULATIONS: Curaçao Air Terminal Services Earn IS-BAH Certification

NATA would like to congratulate member, Curaçao Air Terminal Services (CATS) for recently becoming IS-BAH Registered!

Click here to read about CATS’ accomplishment.

Check out the FBO / Ground Handling Status Map to see what other service facilities are Safety 1st Qualified and/or IS-BAH registered. To find out more about the IS-BAH program, please visit http://nata.aero/Safety-1st.aspx.

CONGRATULATIONS: TEXAS JET AND I.A.M. JET CENTRE EARN IS-BAH CERTIFICATION

NATA would like to congratulate two members who are Safety 1st Qualified for recently becoming IS-BAH Registered: Texas Jet and I.A.M. Jet Centre, Jamaica!

Click here to read about I.A.M. Jet Centre’s accomplishment.

Click here to read about Texas Jet’s accomplishment.

Check out the FBO / Ground Handling Status Map to see who else is Safety 1st Qualified and/or IS-BAH registered.

To get more information about the IS-BAH program, please visit www.nata.aero/safety1st.

Free Safety Posters and Resources from USAIG Now Available

The Safety Net Blog provides a means to stay informed and engaged with the Safety 1st program and gain access to industry safety and training resources. One such resource is available from USAIG is available at no cost – safety screensavers and wallpaper. Click here to read more and learn how to download these resources today!

Are You Ready for the June 1 GHS Compliance Deadline?

By June 1, 2016 all aviation businesses and other firms, must be fully compliant with the OSHA rule regarding the use of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of labeling chemicals, including training all employees on the use of the GHS system. Compliance with the GHS hazard communication rule requires that aviation businesses:

  • Update old Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS) utilizing the GHS system
  • Revise required Hazard Communications Programs to include the GHS system
  • Have provided training to all employees on reading and understanding GHS labels

Aviation Businesses can obtain copies of new SDS from the manufacturer chemicals, which include items such as aviation fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid and others.

Providing your employees the required training is also easy, by using the NATA Safety 1st Hazard Communication training module. This module covers the new aspects and labels used in the GHS as well as the foundations of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. The NATA Safety 1st Hazard Communication module is $24 per trainee and there are volume discounts for larger organizations.

For more information or to purchase the Hazcom Training module please visit: www.nata.aero/hazcom.

NATA’s Safety 1st Launches Online Training Programs for HAZMAT and Regulated Garbage Handling

HAZMAT and Reg GarbageResponding to member input, NATA Safety 1st recently unveiled new HAZMAT and Regulated Garbage online training programs.

The handling of HAZMAT and regulated garbage carries serious penalties and consequences if done improperly. NATA, as the leading provider of training for aviation businesses, is proud to expand our online training program to include these vital topics. The programs are specifically designed for FBOs, charter operators, flight crews, and ground personnel.

HAZMAT Will-Carry

  • Meets requirements for aircraft operators that choose to carry HAZMAT/dangerous goods
  • Reviews definitions, terms, regulations and standards
  • Defines will-carry and will-not-carry operations
  • Provides additional resources and checklists

HAZMAT Will-Not-Carry

  • Designed for air carriers that do not carry HAZMAT/dangerous goods and FBOs that desire to provide awareness training for employees
  • Reviews definitions, terms, regulations and standards
  • Prepares employees to recognize HAZMAT classifications and markings associated with dangerous goods
  • Provides additional resources and checklists

Regulated Garbage

  • The proper handling and disposal of aircraft regulated garbage
  • Assists aviation businesses in meeting the training requirements to stay compliant
  • Reviews standard operating procedures
  • Provides additional useful materials

Please visit individual program pages to view which USDA and DOT training requirements are met. For more information, please visit http://nata.aero/Safety-1st.aspx