Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 47

First NATA Safety 1st FBO Audit
Completed

By Lindsey C. McFarren

I

n November 2012, the first audit
was conducted in accordance
with the NATA Safety 1st Ground
Audit Standard. I was lucky
enough to observe the audit and
will share my experiences with you
below. The Aviation Business Journal
published an article introducing the
audit in the first quarter of 2012,
but here’s a quick refresher on the
program.
NATA Safety 1st established
the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit
Standard to promote industry best
practices and Safety Management
Systems (SMS) development
among ground handling providers.
This audit standard is the first
published audit for FBOs and

other ground handling service
providers. The NATA Safety and
Security Committee, which includes
representatives from large and small
FBOs, on-demand charter operators,
fractional program managers,
insurance brokers, fuel companies,
and more, assisted in drafting this
important new audit standard.
The NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit
Standard’s two primary objectives
are: to create a consistent operational
safety standard for FBOs, airports, and
other facilities, while increasing the
overall safety level of these operations,
and to provide FBO or other ground
handling facilities customers with an
alternative to costly proprietary audits
of these operations.

How It Works
NATA Safety 1st manages the
audit standard but does not actually
conduct audits. This audit allows
for two levels of certification: selfcertification, whereby the FBO has a
qualified employee, trained by NATA
Safety 1st, to conduct internal audits,
and third-party certification, in which
the FBO contracts with an NATA
Safety 1st-trained auditor to conduct
the audit. A self-certification audit
must be completed within a specified
time period. NATA Safety 1st must be
advised of the start and end dates of
the self-certification audit. The audit I
observed was a third-party audit.
After either type of audit has been
completed, the facility has 120 days
to review the findings and implement
any corrective actions. If the facility
successfully closes all findings, it
will be listed on the NATA Safety
1st registry of audited facilities. This
registry will be available online at no
charge to aircraft operators and other
consumers to verify the successful
completion of the audit.
NATA Safety 1st maintains
oversight of the audit by reviewing
each audit report, including corrective
actions, upon completion.

What Does the Audit Cover?
The audit covers seven
separate operating areas within
Continued on page 48

Aviation Business Journal | 1st Quarter 2013	

47



Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013

Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - Cover1
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - Cover2
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 3
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 4
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 5
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 6
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 7
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 8
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 9
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 10
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 11
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 12
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 13
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 14
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 15
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 16
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 17
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 18
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 19
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 20
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 21
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 22
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 23
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 24
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 25
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 26
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 27
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 28
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 29
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 30
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 31
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 32
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 33
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 34
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 35
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 36
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 37
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 38
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 39
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 40
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 41
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 42
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 43
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 44
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 45
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 46
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 47
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 48
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 49
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 50
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 51
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 52
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 53
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 54
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 55
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 56
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 57
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - 58
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - Cover3
Aviation Business Journal 1st Quarter 2013 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com