Oct 022012


The IS-BAO Process; “The Gold Standard” will be presented @ 2:30 PM until 4:00 PM, at the Orange County Convention Center.  Sonnie Bates, IS-BAO Manager of Operations and John Sheehan, IS-BAO Audit Manger will facilitate a panel discussion from three IS-BAO registered operators as to the steps necessary and the inherent benefits of becoming an IS-BAO registered operation.  This is a must attend for all those who are curious about IS-BAO as well as those who are currently participating in the development of IS-BAO and their respective Safety Management Systems.  Following the presentations there will be ample time for questions and answers.  You are most welcome.

Regards; Jim Cannon, IS-BAO Program Director.

Sep 122012

Kurt Edwards has been appointed as the new IBAC Director General, effective the beginning of September. Mr. Edwards replaces Don Spruston who last year announced his intent to step down as soon as a replacement was found. See the Press Release here.

Jun 082011

The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) has experienced considerable growth over the past two years. To ensure the IS-BAO Management Team has a blueprint to facilitate management of the increase in demand and importance of the industry standard, a comprehensive study was conducted of business model options. Results of the study can be found here.

Jan 062011

IBAC and FlightSafety International have co-developed a new Safety Management Systems (SMS) online course entitled Safety Management Systems for Aviation Professionals. It is designed for all professionals working within flight department operations, including pilots, maintenance personnel, flight attendants, dispatchers, line personnel and administrative staff.  The course takes a scenario-based approach to learning, using relatable, even humorous, real-life situations to introduce the learner to the fundamental concepts of Safety Management Systems and focuses on fostering a proactive, positive safety culture.  It is also ideal refresher training for those who have previously taken an SMS course.  The SMS for Aviation Professional course is more condensed than the in-depth SMS for Managers course, and is intended for personnel that do not have substantive SMS implementation responsibilities.  See http://www.ibac.org/safety-management/sms-elearning-course for information on the course and click here for additional information and to purchase the course.

Nov 242010

The IBAC Governing Board has decided that, effective 2011, annual amendments will be made available to all IS-BAO holders free of charge through a password protected website for which all holders electing to download the amendment will be issued a unique password.

Printed versions of the annual amendment will continue to be available at cost of US$ 200 for two consecutive years and renewable by election and payment bi-annually thereafter.

To ensure that all IS-BAO holders have the opportunity to elect the service they prefer and for IBAC to efficiently provide that service, it is essential that our contacts database be current and correct well in advance of the issuance of the 2011 amendment. It has been and will continue to be the responsibility of the IS-BAO holder to notify IBAC of changes in the name/title/mailing and email address of the designated custodian of the document. We know our records contain some out of date/invalid contact information and thus we request your earnest cooperation to keep it current.

Please download the form, complete the information requested and email the completed copy to plessard@ibac.org as soon as possible.

(Should your preference be to submit the completed form by fax, the number is (514) 954-6161.)

Jun 152010

An Agreement has been signed by IBAC and members of the Helicopter Industry Associations from the US (HAI), Europe (EHA) and Great Britain (BHA) to develop a Helicopter Edition of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). A Work Group is to be named to develop the proposed new IS-BAO (HE) and work is expected to start shortly. See press release.

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Feb 252010

The first of a series of Business Aviation Safety Seminars Asia (BASS-Asia) will take place in Singapore on 9,10 &11 November. On Wednesday 10 November a high level session will explore the business aviation safety record and priorities for addressing safety . Also included will be sessions on SMS and discussion of new regulatory oversight provisions. The Seminar will also feature presentations on safety tools; on Tuesday 9 November, workshops will be presented including the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). See detail at:

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