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IBAC: UPDATE August 2019

Keeping Business Flying Around The World For The Industry, By The Industry

mebaa news article image IBAC: UPDATE August 2019


Kurt Edwards 

Although the summer season means vacation for many, business aviation keeps flying, and the community stays active.  It was a pleasure to catch up in July with the Canadian Business Aviation Association at its annual convention and exhibition, this year in Calgary.  In August, IBAC looks forward to participating at LABACE in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  We will have a stand there (#1014) and look forward to sharing with you about our two worldwide-recognized, voluntary codes of best safety practices for operators and ground handlers, the IS-BAO and the IS-BAH. 

Beyond August, we look forward to meeting with the Member Associations at the Planning and Operations Committee (POC) meeting in Brussels in September.  Our focus will be the next Strategic Direction for IBAC beyond 2020.  

And of course, at the end of September begins the 40th triennial Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) where we will have the opportunity to advance the interests of business aviation in a global context and engage our respective national and regional officials, further raising the community’s profile.  We will share more on key issues for the Assembly in early September.


•    The IS-BAO Programme will soon be launching a new Generic Company Operations Manual (GCOM) template that will be available in most regulatory structures around the world.

• IBAC Programme teams are preparing to host a Joint Flight and Ground Operations Roundtable regarding safety performance measurement (SPI/T) at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas on 23 October.

• The quarterly INFO with access to the updated IS-BAH list of registered ground handling service providers was shared with all IS-BAO operators. 


• IS-BAH Registrations at Stage 1 have now surpassed the 180 mark. Thank you for your support.

• Upcoming IS-BAH workshops include: Brussels, 05 September - Fundamentals, and 06 September- Auditing; Marrakech, 23 September - Fundamentals only; and Las Vegas, 23 October (at NBAA-BACE) - Fundamentals only, are now all open for booking.

• IBAC continues to contribute to EASA with work on the Terms of Reference for the proposed regulation of ground handling service providers.


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