Thursday, July 12, 2012

Viewpoint: New way to manage airlines

George Faktaufon 

The airline industry is one of the few real global industries that transcends international borders.

Safety, therefore, is of paramount importance not only to the airlines but also to the states that the airlines operate to.

The industry has been regulated through safety standards established by states through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Although the system worked well over the years, many states, particularly the developed states, made their own standards because the ICAO standard was considered inadequate and did not meet their requirements.

The result is a multitude of different standards all over the place, resulting in confusion.

To avoid this situation and in an effort to standardize airline safety, IATA (International Air Transport Association) began developing a new airline safety standard based on the world’s best practices and standards.

The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational, management and control systems of an airline.

IOSA’s quality audit principles are designed to conduct audits in a standardized manner.

With the implementation and international acceptance of IOSA, airlines and regulators have achieved the following benefits:

• A reduction of costs and audit resource requirements for airlines and regulators by sharing mutual acceptance audit reports;

• Continuous updating of standards to reflect regulatory revisions and the evolution of best practices within the industry;

• Accredited Audit and Training Organizations with formally trained and qualified auditors and structured auditor training courses; and

• A structured audit methodology, including standard checklists.

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