IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, is partnering with Paris-based Quali-Audit, to kick off the alliance’s much-anticipated auditing program. Quali-Audit will start conducting formal audits of Full and Basic alliance members in Q1 2022.
“We are thrilled to launch this audit program. It is a crucial initiative in our mission to strengthen STC and aircraft modification quality, designed to offer added value to the aviation ecosystem,” said Nicole Noack, managing director of IAMA. “Our partnership with Quali-Audit is a major milestone for IAMA, and we are looking forward to collaborating with an organization of such renown.”
The alliance aims to ensure that members modifying aircraft through STC projects maintain the highest operational standard possible. Since conceived and initially released in March 2020, the IAMA Rulebook defines a standard that has become an indispensable resource for aircraft modifiers, airlines and lessors. Members who pass the audit secure the right to use an IAMA endorsement label on their modifications. Current Full and Basic members who are Design Approval Holders (DAH) will be audited using the IAMA Audit process. Audits are mandatory as defined in the alliance bylaws.
“IAMA‘s vision for an open, independent and transparent aircraft retrofit market is a welcome addition to the aviation ecosystem,” said Michel Gorog, CEO of Quali-Audit. “Having established a benchmark with the IAMA Rulebook, the audit process will help to ensure trustworthy, superior quality STCs, all the better for airlines and the aviation industry as a whole. We are extremely pleased to have this opportunity to partner with IAMA, and we look forward to collaborating with them.”
Quali-audit is an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of Air France Group, founded in 2006. We Specialize in safety and quality auditing services, providing a full-range of Audit, Training and Consulting services within the aviation industry. As an IATA accredited Auditing Organization (AO) to conduct IOSA and ISSA audits, Quali-audit has for primary mission to “assist airlines in achieving a higher level of safety through the implementation of the IOSA Program, conduct of Operational Safety Audits and Quality Training Programs. Our multicultural team works from locations around the world and possesses the depth of experience only gained from having trained and operated in airlines worldwide.
We at IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, are advocates and supporters of member companies in the aircraft retrofit modification market. We are educators, identifying and highlighting value of Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) within the aircraft lifecycle. We collaborate to develop standards that streamline communications and documentation within approved STC modification projects. To ensure that effective modernizations meet aircraft operator and owner requirements, we endorse STC-approved solutions. Founded by retrofit market leaders, we believe an independent, transparent market is a strong market that will benefit everyone. To learn more and join, visit iamalliance.aero.