The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association have jointly released the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH), a set of global best practices for business aviation ground handlers. The standards, released July 7, feature a safety management system designed to meet future International Civil Aviation Organization requirements. IBAC’s first workshop on the fundamentals of and auditing for IS-BAH is scheduled for August 27, at Paris Le Bourget Airport.
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].”
In an informational session yesterday, IBAC formally unveiled its new International Standard for Business Aviation Handling or IS-BAH as it will be more commonly known.
Just as IBAC’s International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) has brought a formalized safety standard to the operation of private aircraft over the past 12 years, so, too, will IS-BAH for the FBO and ground-handling businesses, say the program’s organizers.
The new board of directors of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA, Booth H527), elected last year, is focusing on reinvigorating the organization to better serve its members and business aviation participants in Asia.
“When we took over in April we decided on core themes,” said David Best, president of Asia Pacific for BBA Aviation and vice-chairman of AsBAA. “We’re working through the issues, how to support the members and working with our sister organizations. This led to a number of projects to be pursued.”
Reduced longitudinal separation minimum [RLongSM], an ATC pilot program in the North Atlantic, produced no safety events during a nine-month evaluation period last year. “Normal longitudinal separation is ten minutes,” explained Dave Stohr, president of Air Training International. “The trial was running with five minutes between appropriately equipped and approved aircraft.”
Eurocontrol director general David McMillan and International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) director general Don Spruston received 2012 European Business Aviation Awards from EBAA and NBAA on Monday at EBACE.
As EBAA COO Pedro Vicente Azua noted, Eurocontrol’s ETS Support Facility is already enabling operators to measure their CO2 emissions. At the global level, IBAC has proposed that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) develop a metric suitable for business aviation. In the continued absence of an ICAO formula, IBAC is suggesting that the industry could adopt the metric already developed by GAMA.
Many years ago, airline managers could occasionally be heard quietly grumbling that investments in safety were mostly a waste of money. But no longer. Today, it’s regarded throughout aviation as an essential cost of doing business, with a valuable payback in real safety enhancement, customer confidence and, occasionally, for members of IBAC's IS-BAO program, in cash as well.
“Given Paul Stinebring’s remarkable contributions to the International Business Aviation Council [IBAC], we believe it is entirely appropriate that he is receiving the John Winant Award,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “After all, it was John Winant who more than any other individual is responsible for the creation of IBAC.”
With an attendance expected to be within 1 to 3 percent of last year’s more than 17,000 and the increase in exhibitors filling the floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center, Helicopter Association International chairman Mark Gibson said the association is optimistic about this Heli-Expo.
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