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A Word From th Director General

Kurt Edwards

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed warm holiday celebrations with family and friends. 

We launched 2023 by welcoming Capt. Claude Hurley as IBAC’s new Director for Environment and Flight Operations.  Claude is the former Representative to the ICAO Council from Canada and Air Navigation Commissioner nominated by Canada.  He brings regulatory experience from his time at Transport Canada and operational experience as a rotorcraft pilot flying assignments around the world.  His background and diplomatic skills are the right combination for addressing important environmental and operational matters facing business aviation on ICAO’s agenda.  We are honored to have Claude on the IBAC team, and I encourage you to join me in welcoming him.

We are still looking for your meaningful input on our thought-leadership platform.  We have heard from a few of you and would welcome additional input by completing this brief SURVEY.  Please take some time and let us know what subject matter you recommend we share with the global business aviation community.

Please stay tuned for the new IBAC Crew Card.  We are making several enhancements to build on its success.  In the meantime, we are not producing Crew Cards as we change to the updated version.  Look for it in the coming weeks.

Member Association Events

NBAA Schedulers and Dispatcher Conference, 24-26 January 2023, Stand #856


Terry Yeomans, Programme Director

The joint (IS-BAO/IS-BAH) APM (9th edition) was completed and published 03rd January.  It is available to download through the relevant programme portal.

The IS-BAH Programme Director took part in a regional ground handling workshop hosted by the ICAO MID region in Rabat, early December.  The IS-BAH Programme was presented to a number of regulators who attended, and there is optimism this will lead to further opportunities across the regions for both programmes.               

The first IS-BAH workshops for the year are scheduled for the week of 13 February and are now open for bookings with places filling fast


Andrew Karas, IS-BAO Programme Director

IBAC and the Unmanned Safety Institute launched the RPAS Auditor Training course in mid-December.  The link to the course can be found here: IS-BAO Auditor Accreditation - How To Become IS-BAO Auditor | IBAC

IS-BAO Workshop dates are available through March 2023.  For specific dates and registration links please visit: International Business Aviation Council | Workshops (

Please visit the IBAC booth #720 at the NBAA Miami Opa-Locka Regional Forum on 08 February.  Looking forward to meeting up with Operators, Auditors, and Industry Partners.

IS-BAO has extended the 20th Anniversary SMS Savings Bundle until 31 January.  Operators looking to begin implementation of an internationally recognized SMS program can get started with a 20% discount on the IS-BAO Document Suite and Workshops. 


We've added IBAC Swag, available to those who want to promote IBAC, and the IS-BAO, IS-BAH Programmes. Visit the store today.! (note that IS-BAO and IS-BAH Registered organizations may choose to order items with official Stage seals through there IS-BA portal or contact for access.)


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