Safety Management Consulting

Jim Cannon, Principal Consultant, for Sundog Aviation Safety, worked within the business aviation community as a pilot, aviation director, business owner, author, lecturer, safety program manager, and industry advocate for more than forty years following his active duty commitment as a Naval Aviator in 1973. Prior to founding Sundog Aviation, Jim served as the IS-BAO Program Director for the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), in that role, Jim was also a voting member of the Safety Management Panel, formed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to review and recommend amendments to Annex 19, (Safety Management Systems). He held that post for 2 years and in that capacity, as the sole business aviation member, ensured that the interests of the business aviation community were represented.

Sundog Aviation is certified by IBAC as an Audit Group for both the IS-BAO and IS-BAH programs. With expertise in both operations and facilities management, Sundog Aviation is uniquely qualified to provide assistance in the development of an organization’s safety program.

Should a Sundog Aviation consulting client require the services of an Auditor to validate conformity with either IS-BAO or IS-BAH programs, we stand ready to recommend several alternatives for that important aspect of the registration process with IBAC. As a provider of consulting services, Sundog Aviation would not be eligible to conduct an audit of the support it has provided to a particular client; “It is not ethical to audit your own work”. There are many outstanding auditing firms as well as individual auditors that have been servicing the industry for more than a decade and it would be our pleasure to provide our clients with contact information, should the need arise.

If the client is, as many are, struggling with the implementation of an effective SMS, in light of changes to their operations, Sundog offers the opportunity to conduct a GAP analysis as the first of a two-step process to gain IS-BAO or IS-BAH registration.  The GAP audit process allows an initial evaluation of the client’s conformity to the IS-BA, a detailed breakdown of each non-conformity and a three to four-month interval in which the operator can focus on the steps necessary to fulfill each requirement of the audit program.  The GAP process is not a consultative product, it merely identifies deficiencies and allows a pragmatic approach towards remedial actions necessary to prepare for a formal IS-BA audit.

View our Foundations of Safety and SMS Implementation presentation