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


Kurt Edwards

The effects of the pandemic continue to press us to find innovative approaches to maintaining operations and moving forward.  These include the governance and guidance of IBAC as an organization.  In a first-ever event, IBAC’s Governing Board met virtually in early June.  Condensed into three hours and spanning 17 time zones, the meeting gathered representatives from 13 of the 14 member associations, the at-large Industry Partner representative, and members of the IBAC Secretariat.  Thanks to all the participants for the robust discussion and your input and guidance.
One of the key points discussed at the GB meeting was the report by the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART).  Issued early in June, the CART Report provided high-level principals and guidance to States and industry for the eventual, full resumption of the global air transport system while taking into account important public-health measures.  IBAC had contributed to the work of the CART.  Subsequent to the report’s release, IBAC has provided detailed guidance for business aircraft ground handlers (Toward Covid-19 Secure) as a distinct module.  We will provide a counterpart module for operators in July.
You may recall that IBAC had called on the ICAO Council to revise the baseline of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) by removing 2020 emissions levels, due to the anomalous effects of the pandemic, and counting only those from 2019 as the basis from which growth is calculated.  Prior to departing for its summer break, the Council issued its decision, agreeing to this approach for the Pilot Phase only (2021 to 2023).  For the subsequent phases of the initiative, the Council will assess data and analysis collected by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection and recommend any further adjustments to the Assembly in 2022.  We hope that ICAO’s considerations for the next phases will fully recognize the exceptional circumstances caused by the pandemic.
Please stay safe and healthy. 

ICAO Update
Andreas Meyer – Director, ICAO Liaison

ICAO has published the CART report and guidance material, to both of which IBAC contributed in their development.

IBAC continues to be involved in the works of CAPSCA 

IBAC successfully conducted a briefing on Business Aviation to the Air Navigation Commission. Link to video HERE

Bennet Walsh, IS-BAO Programme Director

Save-the-Date for the IBAC Roundtable Webinar on August 26, 1400-1600 EDT: Operating in the New Not-So-Normal COVID-19 World. Presented by the IS-BAO Progressive Stage 3 leadership team, this program will focus on the return to “normal operations” with a focus on change management considering COVID-19 challenges.

The new Progressive Stage 3 (PS3) programme is now available to Stage 3 IS-BAO operators, contact Bennet Walsh for more information. A special PS3 introduction webinar is coming soon!  More details to follow.

Virtual efforts continue with online workshops for both IS-BAO and IS-BAH available, and the remote auditing policy has been extended through 2020. 

Terry Yeomans – IS-BAH Programme Director

The 2020/21 IS-BAH Manual suite is now available for download from the IS-BAH website to all eligible organizations. 

The IS-BAH team recently developed a document that includes steps and guidance to ground handling businesses on how to stay COVID-19 secure and provide a safe work environment for employees and guests.  Access the Toward COVID-19 Secure HERE.


Bruce Parry - IBAC Environment Director

  • CORSIA Baseline - You will recall through these monthly updates that IBAC has been very active in calling on ICAO to change the CORSIA baseline years from 2019 and 2020 to only use 2019 given the impact on the industry of Covid-19 that would have created an unnecessary economic burden on the industry. The ICAO Council has recently agreed to use 2019 as the baseline for emissions during the "pilot phase" which runs from 2021 to 2023, you can see IBAC's media response to this here. There will a periodic review of the scheme in 2022 that coincides with the next ICAO General Assembly, which will enable such a review. The full ICAO press release on this subject can be seen here.

We will keep you posted on any further developments.

  • Global 7500 Environmental Product Declaration - Bombardier Aviation recently published an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the Global 7500, which recently entered service. An EPD is an independently third-party verified environmental summary of the life-cycle emissions, therefore details the emissions for all stages of the product's life from start to finish. This is the first time an EPD has been published for a business aviation aircraft, IBAC congratulated Bombardier Aviation for this monumental effort, in a press release here. You can read the EPD overview document here
  • ICAO Stocktaking Seminar - The ICAO Stocktaking Seminar, which was originally scheduled for April this year, then subsequently moved to September because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will now be held as a virtual meeting from the 8-10th September. IBAC will be supporting the event as a sponsor. The 2020 Virtual ICAO Stocktaking Seminar will consider innovative solutions to unlock current and future CO2 aviation emissions reduction potentials. It will cover three areas for in-sector reductions through technology, operations and sustainable aviation fuels. Find more details and register for the seminar through this LINK

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition Summit
The postponed Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Coalition Summitis being rescheduled for September 2020 but there is no firm date yet. This will now be a virtual event and will feature a wide range of key stakeholders who are already contributing, or who can contribute further to the success towards increasing the use of SAF. Further details on the summit program, registration and attendance details will be published as soon as they become available through the IBAC website. 


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