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Solairus expands IS-BAO Certification to Phase 2, renews ARG/US Platinum rating.
San Francisco (December 1, 2011) –
Solairus Aviation demonstrated its commitment to safety and quality once again by renewing its ARG/US Platinum rating and obtaining IS-BAO Phase 2 Certification this month. The Platinum rating is awarded to those operators who meet the criteria for Silver and Gold, and successfully pass an intensive, week-long ARG/US on-site evaluation. The ARG/US program is a true process audit administered by trained and experienced aviation auditing professionals to evaluate the operator against industry best-practice standards. A Platinum rating requires a functioning Safety Management System, a clear and workable Emergency Response Plan, and appropriate written standards, implementation, and records for all major aspects of operations and maintenance within the flight department.
“The ARG/US Platinum rating and IS-BAO Phase 2 Certification take months of preparation, years of adherence, countless hours of training, and an unwavering devotion to assuring that all aspects of our flight operations are as safe as possible,” Solairus Vice President of Flight Operations, Tom Benvenuto explained. “Our flight and admin support departments have been routinely scrutinized to the highest degree by the most objective auditors in the industry.”
Solairus was originally awarded its ARG/US Platinum rating in 2009, while the company’s initial IS-BAO Certification was earned in February 2010. The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) introduced the IS-BAO program in 2002 as an industry code of practice to foster standardized, safe, and highly professional aircraft operations. Today IS-BAO is recognized by aviation authorities worldwide as the highest standard for safety, security, and efficiency in business aircraft operations. The program provides a quality management approach to analyzing, controlling, and mitigating risk via performance based-standards and guidance protocols for the operator’s Safety Management System (SMS), including management structure, training programs, operating procedures, and manuals.
“Business Aviation is a people business that is built on trust, and every new client that we meet, whether for aircraft management or private aircraft charter, discusses their safety needs with our management team,” stated Solairus Vice President of Maintenance, Rene Cervantes. “We hold personal meetings with our employees as well to learn more about their experiences in the workplace, hangars, and aircraft. We have listened to all of our stakeholders and have instituted an arduous and recurring safety audit program that focuses on ARG/US and IS-BAO Certification. Phase 1 of the IS-BAO Certification highlighted Solairus Aviation’s commitment to safety and the establishment of a comprehensive Safety Management System. Phase 2, in comparison, certifies Solairus’ continued adherence to those rigorous procedures established during Phase 1, as well as a thorough audit of the data accumulated during the last two years of overwhelmingly safe flight operations.”
For Chief Operating Officer, Greg Petersen, Solairus Aviation’s ARG/US Platinum and IS-BAO Phase 2 Certifications reinforce the company’s sustainable culture of safety.
“Solairus continues to grow at an impressive pace,” Petersen said. “Renewing the ARG/US Platinum rating, while attaining the IS-BAO Phase 2 Certificate, validates that we have been able to keep our priorities in order throughout the process. While passing an important audit is great, the more important and arduous challenge is the perpetual adherence to our own rigorous standards, every day, in every task that we undertake. To meet that objective, Solairus personnel from every department must continue to be trained in all aspects of our safety agenda and must work together to implement the program in the real world environment. Our team has a strong history of coming together to achieve goals and maintain very high standards, and I am very proud of their accomplishments and their continued passion to providing an increasingly safe atmosphere for our clients and their fellow employees.”
About Solairus Aviation:
Solairus is a full-service aviation asset management company that provides clients with expertise in acquiring and operating a wide range of private aircraft.
With a fleet of over 50 managed aircraft, Solairus is one of only 85 Aviation Research Group/US Platinum-rated charter operators in the world. After completion of an intense operations and safety systems audit, the ARG/US Platinum rating is awarded to those who have demonstrated that their procedures meet or exceed industry “Best Practices” in all phases. Solairus has also received the NBAA Commercial Business Flying Safety Award and is an IS-BAO certified company. For more information about Solairus Aviation, visit www.solairusaviation.com or call 800-359-7861.
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