The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) was formally introduced and made available to the business aviation community at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibit (EBACE) in Geneva, May 2002.IS-BAO was developed by the industry for the benefit of the industry. It is a code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve a high level of safety and professionalism.
The IS-BAO audit program commenced in the fourth quarter of 2002. Since that time a number of auditors from all corners of the world have received accreditation. IBAC has awarded Certificates of Registration to many flight departments that have successfully met the IS-BAO standard as verified by an accredited auditor.
Additional information about IS-BAO is also available on the IBAC web site.
Flight departments interested in obtaining a Certificate of Registration will find information in the audit page regarding the process for choosing a Registrar and how to apply for a Certificate.
MENA operators may purchase IS-BAO materials through MEBAA, an IBAC Affiliated Association.
When you order the IS-BAO materials, you will receive:
1. A copy of the IS-BAO in a three-ring binder
2. A copy of the generic company operations manual (GCOM) in the version of your choice
3. A CD-ROM with the IS-BAO and four possible versions of the GCOM so that you can develop your own company operations manual (COM).
4. A copy of the Safety Management System (SMS) Toolkit developed by IBAC.
You also have the option to purchase a stylized COM binder, with index tabs, in a flight bag size (5.5 inches by 8.5 inches), such that you can modify it to personalize the cover with your company details.
Price for IS-BAO and accompanying materials:
· MEBAA Member Companies – AED 4400.00 ($1,200.00)
· Non-Members of MEBAA – AED 6000.00 ($1,650.00)
Price for optional COM binder and tabs: AED 50.00 ($12.00)
The price for the IS-BAO includes all additional material such as the Generic Company Operations Manual, SMS Tool Kit and availability of the Standards Manager to answer queries on the code of practice.
Click here to order your IS-BAO Manual through the MEBAA.
Additional information about IS-BAO, including a schedule of upcoming IS-BAO Workshops, is available on the IBAC web site.
Developments and Initiatives
In June of 2010, IBAC announced a formal agreement with several helicopter trade associations to develop a helicopter version of IS-BAO. For more information, read the IBAC press release.
As of August 25, 2009, IS-BAO is now recognized as an industry standard for business aircraft operations by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). For more information, view the IBAC press release.