ARG/US Endorses IS-BAO as Charter Audit Standard

 - December 23, 2009, 9:54 AM

Aviation Research Group/US (ARG/US) is endorsing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) as the “one standard that all operators of business jets around the world would be measured by and audited against.” According to ARG/US CEO Joe Moeggenberg, “The charter community has endured multiple standards and audits for many years, translating into significant time and expense. With one universally accepted standard, the burden of time and money would be reduced and charter customers would be provided with one standard of safety assurance covering all operators.” He said that if the industry does not take this opportunity to make IS-BAO–along with its safety management system (SMS) component–the world standard, then each governmental aviation body could offer myriad alternatives or options for demonstrating SMS compliance. Under ICAO requirements, an SMS will be required for all operators of jet aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds by November 10 next year. ICAO, IBAC, NBAA and its sister organizations are all behind IS-BAO, and some countries have already recognized IS-BAO as a means of compliance for various registration or operational related requirements such as SMS. ARG/US said it has modified the standards contained in its Platinum audit to be consistent with IS-BAO.