• IS-BAO Bulletin 2010-2 (download a PDF of this bulletin)
Subject – Implementation of the 7th Edition of Annex 6 Part II
The Seventh Edition of Annex 6 Part II became applicable on November 18, 2010. That edition introduces a number of new requirements for the non-commercial operation of large or turbojet aeroplanes including:
- operations manual,
- operational control system,
- fatigue countermeasures program,
- Minimum Equipment List where an Master Minimum Equipment List has been established for the aircraft,
- aircraft maintenance program,
- flight crew training program, and
- operator safety management system (SMS).
While many civil aviation authorities are expected to incorporate this requirement into their aviation regulations over the next few years, some have indicated that they will be applying the requirement in the near future. Most of the British Overseas Territories have been applying these requirements to aircraft on their Registry and the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation has issued a notice that they will be applying the requirement to visiting aircraft effective April 1, 2011. In a related notice they have specified a number of ways to meet the SMS requirement including IS-BAO registration or a demonstration of intent to implement an SMS. This is consistent with Chapter 10 of the ICAO Safety Management Manual which recognizes that it takes operators time to develop and implement an appropriate and effective SMS, and describes three phases to the implementation process.
When operating internationally, operators should be aware of the requirements of Annex 6 Part II and when visiting Bermuda should be prepared to demonstrate compliance. More information on the issue can be found in IS-BAO Policy 2010-06 which is posted at http://www.ibac.org/is_bao/policies.
Director, Regulatory Affairs
• IS-BAO Bulletin 2010-1 (download a PDF of this bulletin)
Subject – IS-BAO Standard 8.14. – Flight Data Recorders and Cockpit Voice Recorders
IS-BAO Standard 8.14.2 states a requirement that:
“All aeroplanes for which the individual certificate of airworthiness was first issued on or after January 1, 2005 that have a maximum certificated take-off mass of over 5 700 kg shall be equipped with a Type IA flight data recorder.”
This requirement is specified in ICAO Annex 6 Parts I and Part II and has existed for a number of years. Recently some auditors have reported that some US registered aircraft do not meet this requirement, but do meet the requirements of CFR Part 91, and/or Part 135.
CFR Part 91, and/or Part 135 specify this type of flight data recorder (FDR) only for aircraft with more than 9 seats. From information provided it would appear that the aircraft manufacturer has advised that they are not easily able to provide and install FDRs that meet the requirements of Annex 6 and the IS-BAO. This issue has resulted in the generation of Minor Non-Conformances in IS-BAO registration audits and has left the operators in a position where it is very difficult to develop an appropriate corrective action plan.
Upon consideration of the dilemma faced by such operators it has been agreed that one possible solution would be for those operators to include a provision in their Operations Manual whereby such non-conforming aircraft would be restricted to operations within US Airspace except when the operator has obtained prior permission from the State in whose airspace the aircraft will operate.
IBAC Standards Manager
• IS-BAO Bulletin 2009-1
Subject – IS-BAO Receives European Standards Recognition
The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) has gained recognition from the European Committee for Standardization, making it easier for operators to demonstrate adherence to upcoming EASA rules in Europe. The Standard is increasingly being accepted in every corner of the world as the gold standard for safety of business aviation operations.
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