IS-BAO is a code of best practices.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has gained recognition as the global standards leader for business aviation best practices through the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) program.
IS-BAO is far more than a Safety Management System (SMS). It is a code of best practices that includes an SMS. IS-BAO intendeds to build upon the excellent safety record already established by business aviation.
High-quality IS-BAO auditing or implementation services for fixed-wing and helicopter operations.
Air Safety Group is accredited by IBAC as a provider of IS-BAO auditing services. Additionally, Air Safety Group is among a select group of providers, world-wide, that are specifically recognized by IBAC as meeting the requirements of IBAC’s International Standards Support Services Affiliate (I3SA) program.
With Air Safety Group, you have access to expert guidance and practical insight for implementation of the IS-BAO Standard.
Why is this service important?
U.S. business aircraft operators (14 CFR 91, excluding subpart K) are held to a lower level of regulatory oversight than non-commercial operators…anywhere else in the world. [Learn more]
Absent regulatory oversight, IS-BAO registration is the only means that U.S. business aircraft operators have for demonstrating compliance with the international standards.
What are the risks?
The greatest risks are undermining or devaluing existing safety and compliance practices.
Too many providers supply templates that collects the same data as everyone else, without linking it to specific performance objectives. These systems provide data, but the data doesn’t tell them anything.
It doesn’t take too long for intelligent people to lose interest in a program that creates work for little more than the sake of doing work.
The IS-BAO is intended to be operator specific and scalable to individual operator environments. Selecting the wrong implementation support provider and/or auditing services could have grave consequences.
Lower-Level Regulatory Oversight
The U.S. closely follows the international standards (ICAO Annexes) as they pertain to commercial aviation.
HOWEVER, the U.S. has filed more differences with ICAO than all other countries, combined; i.e., deviates from the international standard. The preponderance of these differences relates to requirements applicable to non-commercial operations.
When an ICAO signatory state’s civil aviation rules deviate from the ICAO Annexes, that state must file a difference with ICAO and publish the difference within their International Aeronautical Publication.
The U.S. differences are contained within 108 pages of the United States Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP).
When an operator of a U.S. register aircraft, conducts operations in a foreign state’s airspace, 14 CFR 91.703 requires the operations to be conducted in accordance with that foreign state’s operating rules.