During a session yesterday at EBACE, IBAC formally unveiled its new International Standard for Business Aviation Handling (IS-BAH), which outlines a formal safety standard for FBOs and ground-handling businesses. IS-BAH mirrors IS-BAO, the safety standard for business aircraft operators, according to International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) IS-BAO director James Cannon. “It represents FBO and handling agency industry best practices, and integrates the principles of a safety management system [SMS].”
The concept, initially begun by EBAA, was taken over by IBAC and was formally started two years ago, with working groups established among EBAA, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and IBAC to create the first IS-BAH standard. IBAC expects the first standard to be released on July 1. It will be revised annually, incorporating the recommendations suggested by industry and approved by an IS-BAH standards board.
IBAC partnered with NATA in establishing the new voluntary standard, and it will incorporate NATA’s Safety 1st ground services audit program, which under the agreement will cease to exist when IS-BAH takes effect. Like the related IS-BAO, the voluntary audit-based progressive program will require purchase of the manual (which will include annual updates), registration and an independent audit from an IS-BAH-approved auditor.