ISSA Preparation Services


For the operator who is either not currently eligible for IOSA certification (maximum take-off weight is below 5,700 kg) or the Operator who wants to take a first step towards gaining an ISSA registration, the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) is a perfect solution. With an emphasis on both SMS implementation and conformity with ICAO requirements, the scope of the ISSA evaluation closely matches that of the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

While the amount of preparation work required to achieve and maintain your Registration may seem daunting at first, partnering with our GHS team of experts in order to formulate an organized and prioritized approach will provide to you significant business value, unique learning opportunities, and significantly reduce the overall stress level for your entire organization. This proactive approach is essential to you for achieving a successful audit outcome, minimizing findings, and avoiding a lengthy corrective action process.

GHS ISSA Preparation Services have been built upon our experience with multiple global audit programs and are entirely customizable to meet and exceed your specific business needs. Ranging from the conduct of a comprehensive GAP Analysis, creation of required manual revisions, and training course delivery, we are part of your “extended family” in achieving audit results in which you can be justifiably proud!

ISSA Audit Program Overview
    Audit Applicability
      The ISSA Audit is applicable to aircraft below 5,700 Kg MTOW in any of the following operations:
      • Commercial Passenger Operations
      • Commercial Cargo Operations
      • Aircraft with one or more turbine powered and/or multiple reciprocating engines
      • One Pilot Operations
      • Two Pilot Operations
      • IFR Operations
      • VFR Operations
      • One (1) time registration for aircraft over 5,700 Kg MTOW. The next registration renewal must be to IOSA Standards and Recommended Practices (ISARPS)
      The ISSA Audit is NOT applicable to:
      • Aircraft with single reciprocating engines
      • Helicopters
      • Seaplanes
      • Operators currently on the IOSA Registry
      • Operators with no aircraft on the AOC (only wet-lease operations)
    Audit Scope
    • Organization and Management System (ORG)
    • Flight Operations (FLT)
    • Operational Control and Flight Dispatch (DSP)
    • Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance (MNT)
    • Cabin Operations (CAB)
    • Ground Handling Operations (GRH)
    • Cargo Operations (CGO)
    • Security Management (SEC)
    Audit Preparation Commencement
    • Ideally begins a minimum of six (6) months prior to the on-site Audit

ISSA Preparation Service Deliverables
  • Organizational understanding of the ISSA Audit Registration process
  • Delivery of an industry proven audit preparation methodology
  • Practical training in the proper interpretation and auditing of the ISARPs
  • Objective professional assessment of ISSA readiness
  • Production of an effective and efficient corrective action work plan
  • Final review of ISARP conformity levels prior to Audit commencement

  • International subject matter expert (SME) Team with extensive experience as ISSA Auditors, Lead Auditors, and Evaluators
  • Industry experts that can draw on “real-world” examples and case studies
  • Professional trainers with international training experience
  • No conflict of interest concerns between auditing, consulting, and training

GHS Aviation Group, LLC.
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