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   A Word From the Director General

   Kurt Edwards

  Sustainability takes center stage this month.  The topic will feature prominently at CJI London with two panels: one on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and another on ESG challenges to business aviation, which will feature critics of the industry and yours truly.  It will be an opportunity for a rational exchange of views on business aviation’s commitment to broad sustainability (economic, societal, and environmental), something the industry has called for in response to activist protests.  We have a good story to tell and must engage with groups outside the industry on solutions to shared challenges. 
A key component of those solutions is SAF, the focus of SAF Investor also in London later in the month.  SAF will likely enable two thirds of the carbon-emissions reductions necessary to reach our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.  It is critical that we engage with the fuel-production, fuel-distribution, and financial communities as well as governments to accelerate the production, distribution, and uptake of SAF around the world.  The gathering in London later this month will bring together leaders from those communities to advance the conversation toward solutions.
As always, safety is key to our continued operational success.  We look forward to participating at EBAA’s Air OPS 21-22 February in Brussels.  Members of IBAC’s IS-BAH and IS-BAO teams will be there to speak about best safety practices and recent developments at ICAO.  Please be sure to connect with them.
Last, ICAO will hold its Industry Consultative Forum on cybersecurity in February, an informal forum for the ICAO Council to learn about important challenges facing aviation.  IBAC will attend and plans to report on the conversation and its implications for business aviation at the March Planning and Operations Committee meeting in Fort Worth.  


Andreas Meyer, ICAO Liaison 

ICAO’s deliberative bodies have commenced their first session of 2024. IBAC will continue its strategic representation.



Claude Hurley, Director, Environment & Flight Operations 

Work continues on setting the stage for successful outcomes on environmental, flight operations, and Advanced Air Mobility provisions at ICAO that are aligned with business aviation capabilities and priorities. As well, IBAC continues to engage in industry-wide efforts, participating, for example, in ATAG’s 2024 strategy meeting where representatives from 12 industry associations and 16 manufacturers discussed climate change, Sustainable Aviation Fuels, and broader sustainability topics. IBAC’s nominees on ICAO environmental working groups also had a busy month, making solid progress on CAEP’s work program.


Andrew Karas, IS-BAO Programme Director

Registrations for the New IS-BAO Initial and IS-BAO Recurrent courses are filling up fast.  Dates are available through May 2024.  Register today: International Business Aviation Council | Workshops (

Thank you, NBAA, for organizing an outstanding Regional Forum in Opa Locka on 31 January.  It was a great event and opportunity to connect with operators, auditors, and industry partners from around the region.Andrew Karas, IS-BAO Programme Director will be attending the NBAA Leadership Conference 4-7 February in Palm Springs, California.  This year’s conference will focus on organizational health starting from the top down.  The agenda can be viewed here: Program Schedule – 2024 NBAA Leadership Conference | NBAA - National Business Aviation Association

Stéphane De Wolf will be joining ICAO representatives, state regulators and industry professionals in Brussels, Belgium for the Safety Management Panel working group, 5-7 February.

Stop by and see Katherine Hilst, IS-BAO Operations Manager at HAI Heli Expo 2024 in Anaheim, California, 26-29 February in the Safety Zone.  Heli Expo is an outstanding event that brings together professionals and exhibitors from the vertical aviation industry.  Check it out: HAI HELI-EXPO 2024 (

Please share a best practice or comment to improve the IS-BAO, make a suggestion: Quality Feedback - Quality Submission Home Page (


Terry Yeomans, Programme Director

January workshops were a success with attendees from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and East and West Coast US.

February workshops starting 26th Feb are open for booking now and filling up fast!

The IS-BAH Director will be attending the EBAA AirOps Event 21-22 Feb in Brussels and taking part in a panel discussion on the upcoming Ground Handling regulations in Europe.

IBAC and the IS-BAH team will also exhibit at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference 12-14 March in Fort Worth, Texas, booth #1705. Let us know if you would like to meet with us at the show.






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