Bizav Groups Aim To Boost VLJ Safety

Aviation International News » September 2005
October 2, 2006, 1:55 PM

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and NBAA have developed a generic operations manual for single-pilot operation of very light jets (VLJs) and technically advanced aircraft. They have also added a supplement to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) to include best practices in the VLJ and single-pilot environments.

“Over the next decade, VLJs and other technically advanced aircraft will bring the productivity and efficiency advantages offered by business aviation to many types of companies and organizations,” said IBAC director general Don Spruston. “These important new offerings from IBAC and NBAA will help ensure that the new aircraft are operated safely.”

The generic operations manual for single-pilot operations of VLJs and technically advanced aircraft provides a template for operators to apply IS-BAO to various types of operation, from a small business with an owner-flown aircraft to a large, corporate flight department. The new IS-BAO supplement pays particular attention to safety-management systems, flight operations procedures and training.

The IS-BAO supplement and operations manual are designed to complement a new NBAA resource for pilots that was scheduled for introduction last month. Titled Flight Department Essentials-Helping Your Business Take Flight, the manual provides operators of VLJs and other technically advanced aircraft with guidance materials, sample programs, systems and procedures to establish and maintain a safe and efficient operation.

The IS-BAO supplement and operations manual were developed in cooperation with the NBAA Safety Committee. IS-BAO holders can obtain a copy of the supplement and single-pilot operations manual at no charge by e-mailing plessard@ibac. org. New subscribers can obtain the supplement and single-pilot operations manual with their IS-BAO manual. Operators can obtain an IS-BAO order form at http://web.nbaa.org/ public/ops/is-bao.

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