IBM Euroflight has become the first European corporate flight department to complete the new International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) certification process. The IS-BAO certificate now covers IBM’s European and U.S. flight departments, which are based respectively at Paris Le Bourget Airport and White Plains, N.Y.
The two operations’ flight manuals have 95-percent commonality, reflecting the different operational and regulatory environments in which they fly. “IS-BAO has given us the motivation, methodology and guidance for uniting the European and U.S. operations to a common standard,” said IBM director of aviation Jeff Lee. “Having an international standard that is applicable around the world is a tremendous step forward for the business aviation community. We are pleased not only to have the first European flight department to qualify, but also the first flight department to introduce a standard common to operations in more than one country.”
The IS-BAO process was introduced in May 2002 following more than two
years of development work conducted by the International Business Aviation Council and its member associations, which include NBAA. On December 5 executive charter and aircraft management group Executive Jet Management was awarded its IS-BAO paperwork.