IBAC (the International Business Aviation Council) is exhibiting at LABACE (Stand 5006) as part of its support for ABAG and the Brazilian business aviation community. Experts are on hand to explain the benefits of being a member of the organization, and to provide advice to existing members.
IBAC was formed in 1981 to represent the international interests of business aviation and in 1989 was formally recognized and given observer status by ICAO (the United Nations’ specialized International Civil Aviation Organization). IBAC operates from the same Montreal headquarters as ICAO.
Two major campaigns have seen the development of standards for operators and ground handlers in the sector. The IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aviation Operators) standard was launched in 2002, with the IS-BAH standard for handlers initiated in July 2014. Both schemes were created “by the industry, for the industry” and set standards against which companies can be audited for compliance. The goal is to increase efficiency, customer reassurance, and, above all, safety. Among the aims of IBAC’s continual engagement with business aviation companies at events such as LABACE is the development of the two standards based on feedback from members.
A recent development for IBAC is that the council has just approved the CORSIA (carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation), with reporting in ICAO member states due to begin on Jan. 1, 2019. CORSIA seeks to reduce and regulate carbon emissions and to establish a transparent and fair environment for offsets and reductions.