IS-BAO is the only business aviation standard by operators, for operators. It has been a successful safety and operations system for 15 years with nearly 800 operators worldwide.
Beginning in the fall of 2016, the IBAC IS-BAO team went on a listening tour to hear from operators and auditors. You spoke, via industry roundtables, associations, and boards; operator direct feedback; your representatives on the IS-BAO Standards Board; operator focus groups; and auditor focus groups
We heard that the IS-BAO Programme needed to be streamlined and modernized to provide:
- Easy, step-by-step processes for new and/or small Stage 1 operators
- Added value to established Stage 3 operators with new supporting programs
- Convenient audit assessment tools
- Extended revision periods
- A consolidated and refreshed Standard
- Solutions for emerging applications in business aviation flight operations
IS-BAO Vision 2020 is a paradigm-shifting initiative based on grass roots input from operators worldwide, which will take IS-BAO-registered operators into the next decade of success.
- The IS-BAO Programme has been streamlined and modernized with more efficient and valuable tools for this higher safety standard including:
o New Audit Management System (AMS) for operators and auditors to manage the audit experience
o New Excel protocols that can be automatically configured for each SMS Stage, produce the audit forms, and track findings data
o Improved Standards Board representation from the industry with the new IS-BAO Standard Quality System (SQS), which allows the Standards Board to virtually review, debate, and vote “just in time” representing operators globally
o Expanded IBAC teams to better support business aviation operators
o An improved audit experience supported by new auditor standardization initiatives
o Direct engagement with regulatory authorities worldwide regarding IS-BAO as a recognized industry standard
- The IS-BAO team has improved the Standard with:
o A more consolidated and efficient flow that reduces workload for operators and auditors
o A chapter realignment to support IBAC’s “common core SMS”
o An extended effective date of 01JUL2018 and extended applicability date of 01JUL2019 to allow more flexibility for operators to gradually implement
o Direct action on the ICAO SMP for the 4th revision of the ICAO SMS manual (doc. 9859) leading to business aviation appropriate language for the first time.
o The most active Standards Board in recent history supported by diverse operator and auditor focus groups
o Industry best practices put forward by operators, NBAA and EBAA safety committee portals