There are many resources available for SMS implementation. Of course, any operator can peruse FAA Advisory Circular 120-92A for the particulars and use that to create an SMS. Even in regulatory climates where SMS is required, as will be the case in Europe next year, there is no requirement to use a particular system to create an SMS. IS-BAO is internationally recognized, however, and may be easier for authorities to understand.
HAI is poised to launch a helicopter safety accreditation program for small operators and is currently in negotiations with the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), which helped develop the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
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.
During the last quarter of last year, ARG/US International added 18 charter operators to its Platinum rating system, bringing the total number of operators
Baldwin Aviation Safety & Compliance (Booth No. 3372) recently helped VC Jets of Carlsbad, Calif., earn international standard for business aircraft operations (IS-BAO) certification. According to VC Jets chief pilot Chris Neilsen, Baldwin’s “involvement helped us fill in the gaps in the development and formalization of our plan of action.
The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition hosted its first IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations) workshop this year, encouraging an expansion of NBAA’s safety code of best practices into Latin America.
IS-BAO was born in 1999 of a need to establish an industry-wide standard of best practices for business aircraft operators and was launched officially in May 2002.