First European FBO Earns IS-BAH Stage 3

 - March 26, 2021, 11:51 AM
ABS Jets is the first European business aviation ground handler to receive registration under IBAC's IS-BAH program. The company became a licensed handling agent in Prague in 2008 and currently provides 24/7 support for business jets and other civil aircraft, as well as helicopters and medical flights. (Photo: ABS Jets)

Prague-based ABS Jets is the first European FBO to be awarded Stage 3 registration under IBAC’s International Standard for Business Aviation Handling (IS-BAH), the voluntary code of industry safety best practices. Stage 3 is currently the highest accreditation in the standard, which was introduced in 2014, and only a handful of ground handlers worldwide have thus far earned it. Prospective applicants must wait a minimum of two years after reaching a rank before applying for the next level, to demonstrate the integration of the processes into their operation structure.

The location at Václav Havel Airport achieved Stage 2 registration in 2019, and it recently underwent a three-day audit—conducted remotely due to the pandemic—that culminated in Stage 3 status. Using various communication channels, the auditors were walked through the facility in real-time to observe operations and implemented safety standards.

“I am pleased with the results of the audit, which showed zero findings,” said Michal Pazourek, the company’s director of ground operations. “The ABS Jets team is rigorously continuing to build on the safety culture already in place. Indeed, we will keep investing in safety and risk management to prove our commitment to clients, employees, partners, and shareholders.”

ABS opened a full-service FBO last year at Bratislava Airport and also launched the IS-BAH program there, recently receiving Stage 1 at this location.