SilverStone Group to Host IS-BAO's Safety Management Systems (SMS) Workshop for Operators and Auditors

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SilverStone Group bolsters support for aviation clients by hosting their 4th consecutive IS-BAO workshop on April 20 and 21, 2010 at their Omaha headquarters.

SilverStone Group bolsters support for aviation clients by hosting their 4th consecutive IS-BAO workshop on April 20 and 21, 2010 at their Omaha headquarters. Kathy Perfetti, IS-BAO Standards Manager, will include discussion of IS-BAO background, standards, implementation process and development of the operator's safety management system. Nathan Predoehl, Director of Safety Management Systems for SilverStone Group, anticipates that participants include a mix of commercial and corporate operations attendees from across the globe.

Shane Osborn, Managing Director of SilverStone Aviation Risk Services, said "SilverStone Group feels this is a crucial service that allows our customers ample time to develop an effective Safety Management Systems (SMS) before the November 2010 ICAO deadline for turbo jet operators. We view ourselves as risk management partners with our clients. SMS implementation and auditing services is a core product SilverStone Group offers to the market place. While we remain the only insurance broker in the country offering this hands-on service and expertise, I am convinced we are changing the entire insurance industry and the expectations operators have of their insurance broker."

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is bringing added safety to the world of business aviation through its new IS-BAO standard. IS-BAO has been developed with input from some of the best minds in the aviation industry. IS-BAO is an industry code of practice that challenges flight departments to review their current systems, programs and procedures, recognize strengths and weaknesses in those procedures, and upgrade to a higher standard. IS-BAO is similar to an ISO-9000 standard of practice, but specifically formulated for the business aviation community.

Aviation operators, associations and regulators across the globe have recognized for a long time that business aviation would benefit from a universal standard. IS-BAO is widely accepted and respected as an appropriate and effective standard for those operations.

Adopting the IS-BAO is a self-guided process undertaken using guidance such as the Generic Company Operations Manual (GCOM), supplied in the standards package, as a guideline.

Unlike State regulations for commercial aircraft operations, adopting the IS-BAO standard is a voluntary process designed to integrate all the best safety and operating procedures from various sources. It institutionalizes industry best practices.

About SilverStone Group
SilverStone Group is an employee-owned firm with more than 65 years of dedicated service. The company's 185 highly-qualified associates provide human capital consulting, property and casualty, risk management, employee benefits, personal insurance and financial planning services to employers and individuals. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, SilverStone Group has additional offices in Lincoln, Nebraska, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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