VC Jets gains IS-BAO registration


Baldwin Aviation, which became the first firm of its kind to successfully obtain IS-BAO registration in 2007, recently accomplished another first – assisting VC Jets of Carlsbad, Calif., in earning IS-BAO certification, as well.

VC Jets was the first flight department to utilize the Baldwin program to gain IS-BAO registration, according to company officials.

Baldwin Aviation specializes in helping small and start-up flight departments meet regulatory requirements and establish safety-oriented operating standards. Its Safety Management Program was developed based on its own experience in complying with FAA, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and IS-BAO regulations, standards, and practices.

“By completing the IS-BAO registration process ourselves we were able to create a compliance model that is flexible, affordable and specifically designed to help aircraft operations that may not be fully-equipped or staffed to keep up with all the safety-related regulations and information,” said Don Baldwin, Baldwin Aviation’s president. “We provide subscribers all of the components and expertise necessary to comply with IS-BAO standards…and to sustain and manage operations at that level.”

“Baldwin worked with us over a period of several months, assisting us in conducting internal audits, updating and supplementing our operations manual, and developing the proper infrastructure to accomplish something that is traditionally very difficult for a small flight operation like ours to do,” said VC Jets Chief Pilot Chris Nielsen. “They were extremely flexible to our situation and needs and have helped us reach our goal of becoming a ‘world class’ small flight department.”

Featuring an online, tailored Operations Manual, Baldwin Aviation’s safety management program includes Internet-based reporting and safety tools such as the Safety Barometer that monitors flight department safety trends. Other safety programs include SMSplus, designed for flight organizations that already have some of the components of a complete Safety Management Program, but are lacking the additional tools that provide the means to monitor and track safety related information; and, RotorSMS, a specially-designed helicopter safety management program.

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