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PRISM Releases 2011 SMS Audit Results Report

Cincinnati, Ohio, March 19, 2012 – Professional Resources In System Management, LLC (PRISM) is pleased to announce the release of their annual Safety Management System (SMS) Audit Results report. The PRISM team reviews de-identified audits performed by sister company, ARGUS PROS, and compiles the results from all of the audits into one single report. Although the audit reports highlight many positive trends and accomplishments within the SMS area, the annual SMS Audit Results report focuses on the recurring problem areas found in SMS implementation and execution.

A free copy of the complete report is available for free at: http://www.argus.aero/FreeData/PRISM_SMS_Audit_Results_2011.aspx

“PRISM is pleased to provide business aircraft operators with this information in the hope that it will provide useful, real world information that may assist in the development or continuous improvement of their own SMS,” stated Steve Witowksi, PRISM Vice President of Business Aviation Services. “Our first report was developed in 2008 and since then our data has grown immensely allowing us to compare the findings on nearly 250 audit events. By highlighting the common problem areas found in SMS implementation and execution, we believe this report compliments one of the core principles of SMS whereby aggregated data can provide meaningful information to many people.”

This year’s report is based on the findings of 74 audits performed on flight operations of various size, regulatory oversight, and operational complexity. These audits were completed during the period from January 1st through December 31st, 2011. The report examines both SMS and Emergency Response Planning topics. It identifies the areas that challenge many flight operations, and provides recommendations regarding industry best practices.

“The thorough report provides operators with benchmarking type data that affords them the opportunity to evaluate their own safety programs against some of the most professional companies in the industry,” stated Guido Fuentes, PRISM Director of Facilitation Services. “After reviewing the report, we found a vast majority of the audit findings pointed to deficiencies in the General Operating Manual (GOM) and a lack of SMS training throughout the operation. PRISM advises the operator to make sure their GOM is accurate, up-to-date, and consistent with other manuals in order to prevent miscommunication and confusion. In addition, employees need to be active participants and have a good understanding of safety management concepts for an SMS to be effective.”

PRISM is a wholly owned subsidiary of ARGUS International, Inc. PRISM is an industry leading provider of advanced Safety Management Systems (SMS) solutions and a FAA recognized certification consultant.

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS), is a specialized aviation services company with global expertise whose mission is to provide the aviation marketplace with the information needed to make informed decisions and manage risk. ARGUS services include the CHEQ proprietary charter operator rating and due diligence program, TRAQPak market intelligence data and research services, and aviation consulting. ARGUS subsidiaries include ARGUS PROS, the leading provider of on-site safety audits and PRISM.

Founded in 1995, ARGUS is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, and actively engaged with business activities in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, South America and the Middle East and Africa.

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