NationAir Claims Advisor Tom Surgalski now an accredited IS-BAO auditor
Online PR News – 23-October-2012 – WEST CHICAGO, Illinois – NationAir Aviation Insurance has added in-house IS-BAO audits to its extensive range of client services, one of very few aviation brokerage firms to do so, NationAir President Jeffrey Bauer announced.
“Safety management systems are becoming increasingly important not only to the underwriting community as they assess risk, but also to our clients, who are paying increasing attention to safety programs and cultures,” Bauer said. “By extension, IS-BAO is gaining in significance for those with international itineraries and operations.”
NationAir’s Tom Surgalski, who also serves as NationAir’s claims advisor, is now an accredited IS-BAO auditor. He will be available to discuss IS-BAO at NationAir’s Booth #4731 at the National Business Aviation Association’s 65th Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando Oct. 30 – Nov. 1.
Surgalski, part of NationAir since 2002, brings a broad range of aviation experience as an IS-BAO auditor. A commercial pilot with more than 6,000 hours of flying time, Surgalski has worked as a charter pilot and corporate flight department manager. He is a certified flight instructor, holds an Air Traffic Control certificate and also serves as chairman of the Zelienople Airport Authority outside of Pittsburgh.
“Tom’s extensive training and longtime work as NationAir’s claims advisor have kept him at the forefront of industry safety issues and best practices,” Bauer added.
Among the new services NationAir will offer its clients are:
• Stage I, II and III IS-BAO audits
• Gap audits
• General consulting on IS-BAO standards and SMS
“We like to stay ahead of the curve and anticipate our clients’ needs. As the international standard for flight safety, IS-BAO is on its way to becoming a significant part of both flight safety culture and a favored program with major underwriters,” Bauer said. While IS-BAO is a voluntary standard, companies that operate internationally must prepare for the time when countries require SMS plans or IS-BAO registration, he added.
Interest in IS-BAO continues to rise with U.S.-based aviation entities. Currently, the International Business Aviation Council lists 478 U.S. companies as registered IS-BAO operators. Sales of the official IS-BAO program from the IBAC have risen dramatically in the last six years, from 60 sold to NBAA members in 2006 to 400 in 2010, according to IBAC reports.
NationAir, www.nationair.com, combines the influence of a national brokerage with the personal relationships of a local broker. One of the nation’s oldest and largest aviation insurance brokers, NationAir is headquartered in suburban Chicago, with offices at regional airports throughout the country. From large ground operations and corporate flight departments to specialty aircraft and owner-flown planes, NationAir insures more than $40 billion in all types of aviation assets while helping clients manage and minimize risks. NationAir works with all major underwriters and has pioneered specialized programs that help the general aviation community operate safely.