That's why our team's mission at Aviation Safety Solutions, is to educate operators and clients to ensure the highest level of safety in their operations.
Amanda Ferraro is the owner and CEO of Aviation Safety Solutions – an industry-leading expert in aviation safety and industry best practices. Aviation Safety Solutions has earned the role of IS-BAO-preferred provider for Fortune 500 companies, Part 91, 125, 135, and 121 operators. In this capacity, Ferraro educates and teaches IS-BAO operators and auditors around the world. Top-tier organizations seek out Ferraro for FAA SMS education, compliance, and evaluation needs. Other services offered include implementation and consulting, and leads IS-BAO auditing for airlines, corporate flight departments, and almost 200 operators around the globe.
Ferraro calls her work in safety auditing and promoting safety within business aviation a "calling." Her love of aviation began at 12 years of age when a neighbor – a commercial airline pilot – took her flying and got her involved in the Civil Air Patrol, where she eventually became a Cadet Commander. As a teenager, Ferraro suffered a very serious fall which she later realized was preventable. This twist of fate led Ferraro to a career in the safety field.
Ferraro is an internationally renowned, well-respected, and results-driven leader with more than 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. She has significant expertise in IS-BAO program development and compliance; business and flight operations management; training program development and management; new program coordination and implementation; and domestic and international aircraft operating experience within the corporate environment.
Her expertise includes:
Before founding Aviation Safety Solutions, Ferraro was employed by Cessna Aircraft Company, John Deere Global Aviation Services, American Family Insurance, and FedEx as an avionics instructor pilot, delivery pilot, senior captain, flight operations pilot, delivery pilot, senior captain, flight operations captain, training officer, and first officer. Her piloting experience includes first officer on the Airbus 300/310, captain on the Gulfstream 450, international SIC on the Gulfstream V and Gulfstream 550, and senior captain on the Citation X and Citation 680.
Ferraro is the developer and founder of the Aviation Safety Assistance Program, Business Aviation Benchmark Partnership, FAA SMS workshop, and IS-BAO Standardization Protocol course. She has extensive international aviation experience in wide-body aircraft and is the developer of an industry-leading drone/UAV program. As a lead IS-BAO auditor, industry-leading expert in SMS, Certified Aviation Manager (CAM), international G550/G450 captain, teacher for auditors and implementers around the world and developer for the new FS1 program for IBAC, Ferraro brings a wealth of aviation experience and perspective.
In 2020, Ferraro was asked to lead the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) SMS Safety Committee working group to further industry education and understanding in safety management systems. Her strengths include analyzing and developing sound business operating models and incorporating processes, procedures, safety systems, and technology advances to improve aircraft utilization efficiency, increase safety and reduce costs.
Ferraro's passion for and excitement about safety has led her to change how operators think of safety – and particularly safety management systems. To that end, she has volunteered extensively as a keynote speaker at the industry's top safety conferences. She is a true thought leader who motivates organizations to build a first-class safety culture and strive for excellence in flight operations.
In 2016 Ferraro was awarded the inaugural Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation award, and in 2021 the NBAA 40 Under 40 award.
The Aviation Safety Solutions team comprises professional aviators across the industry. Team members provide program offerings such as:
The Aviation Safety Solutions, Inc., team is dedicated to working with clients and thrives with enhancing their respective safety journeys.