PNG Air operates to highly mature and developed standards of technical expertise and safety culture and strives to exceed all regulatory requirements. The Company holds all the necessary statutory approvals required for the provision of these services.
Compliance with aircraft and operating safety regulations is evidenced by the regulatory approvals issued by PNG CASA and CASA Australia. All aircraft are issued with Airworthiness Certificates on the basis of compliance with PNG CASA airworthiness requirements. PNG Air holds a Part 119 Air Operator Certificate and a Part 145 Maintenance Organisation Certificate issued by PNG CASA. The airline also holds a Foreign Air Operator Certificate issued by CASA Australia. Audits by these regulatory organisations are conducted.
An internal audit programme monitors the level of compliance with all aspects of the airline operation and maintenance activity over a 12 month period.
The airline has established a comprehensive centralised Safety Management System (SMS) using industry best practice. This system addresses the safety and quality management system requirements of PNG CASA Part 100. The corporate Safety Management System Manual which documents the system has recently been completely updated.
The performance of the Safety Management System is reviewed monthly by the Airline Safety Group, this includes compliance.
Flight crew training and competency is managed by Manager Flight Standards. All matters involving regulatory compliance of pilots and flight attendants are handled by this manager who is approved by PNG CASA as the Fit & Proper Person for this role under the AOC.
Audits Undertaken of PNG Air Operations
BARS (BASIC Aviation Risk Standard) Compliance
BARS is an globally recognised standardised audit of aviation operations that is subscribed to by many of the major resource sector companies.
PNG Air successfully completed the first BARS audit in May 2011. The airline now holds Gold Registration. The BAR Standard was developed by mining resource companies and the Flight Safety Foundation to establish a common safety audit standard for aviation suppliers to the resource industry. It provides industry companies with the level of safety assurance they require, measured against very stringent standards. Only eight audit companies worldwide are approved to perform BARS audits.
BARS member companies include Newcrest Mining, Barrack Gold, Leighton, Xstrata, BHP Billiton and International SOS.
The Gold Standard recognises the fact that the airline has been successful over a three year period in satisfying the required standards in safety compliance.