The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) Director General Donald Spruston has announced the completion of a comprehensive assessment of the structure and management processes for the business aviation industry´s universally accepted safety standard, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). The assessment and subsequent changes were driven by substantial growth and acceptance over the past two years of the community.s „code of safety practices.. A Task Force of IBAC personnel, IBAC Governing Board and Member executives worked over the past year to complete the business model review needed to meet the ever increasing demand.
The Task Force endorsed many of the operating principles established in 2001. However, changes to the management structure and revenue/cost models were recommended to enable the sustained growth and value of the industry standard as it becomes increasingly more important to the future safety oversight programs required to keep the excellent safety record of business aviation constantly improving. The Business Model study report can be found on the IBAC home page.
IBAC, of which the European Business Aviation Association is a full member, has also announced the management team appointed to take the program to the next level. Mr. James Cannon has been named the IS-BAO Program Director, responsible to the Director General for the overall management of the expanding program. Mr. Sonnie Bates has been appointed IS-BAO Operations Manager, taking on responsibility for education and promotion and managing a cadre of specialists who will present workshops around the world. Mr. John Sheehan remains as Audit Manager, responsible for all aspects of the Certificate of Registration audit quality assurance. Mr. Paul Lessard remains as IS-BAO Administrator and takes on additional responsibilities related to an automated database management system. Ms. Kathy Perfetti and Mr. Ray Rohr will help with the transition before continuing with retirement plans.
The IS-BAO safety standard was developed by the business aviation community so that the industry would have one universally accepted global safety standard. The IS-BAO is an „industry code of practices. developed by a large number of highly successful operators. In addition to „raising the safety bar., benefits include the promotion of harmonized safety rules, providing for one audit standard, pride in achievement and many others. Increasingly, operators are receiving insurance premium benefits due to the well-established Safety Management System (SMS) inherent in the standard. There are over 1400 copies of the code of practice in circulation and over 500 business aviation operators have obtained a Certificate of Registration verifying that they have successfully implemented the industry.s elite safety requirements.
IBAC Chairman Mr. Peter Gatz of the German Business Aviation Association welcomed the changes and solidification of the IS-BAO management team, stating that “the changes will help sustain the continuing success of the industry.s highly beneficial safety standard.”