Sixty operators have now completed registration under the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), an industry code of best practice. The latest to sign up for the standard is the corporate flight department of the UK’s Specsavers chain of retail opticians.
According to the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), which established and runs the IS-BAO program, the majority of participants that have achieved registration are based in the U.S., but Canada, Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands and South Africa also have their share of registered operators. The ultimate goal of IS-BAO is to get recognition by aviation authorities as a self-regulation industry standard, but pending that, IS-BAO helps operators to streamline their procedures and to improve safety.
Simon Hancock, aviation manager of Specsavers group in the Channel Island of Guernsey, said IS-BAO “has provided us with an excellent framework for our operation and the associated safety risks.” The flight department operates two Raytheon King Air 350 twin turboprops from its headquarters there.