The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) governing board recently outlined the rapid growth of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) program and progress on gaining further recognition of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
During its recent fall meeting, IBAC reported that work with ICAO's ground-handling task force on creating global guidance for flight support service providers continues. The document is expected to recognize IS-BAH as an industry standard for stakeholders to meet safety management system (SMS) requirements. A draft is expected in February for review by the ICAO task force in March.
Meanwhile, IS-BAH continues to grow. There are "about 90 stations" that have met the standard, and that number could reach 120 by April based on the number awaiting audits, IBAC reported.
The council also continues to work with EASA on recognition of IS-BAO as an alternate means of compliance for EASA Part NCC (non-commercial complex aircraft) “or provide significant credit toward compliance with Part NCC across all EASA member states,” IBAC said. An EASA audit team is slated to scrutinize IS-BAO in February as part of the effort.
IBAC said information on ICAO's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (Corsia) as it relates to business aviation is now available online. Operators and trip-support companies are encouraged to sign up to stay abreast of the latest developments.
The council also announced its intention to develop an SMS for business aircraft operators, and approved its first-ever communications plan. More details on both are expected in early 2018, according to IBAC. The group also recently welcomed the African Business Aviation Association as its 15th member organization.