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IBAC Update: July/August 2021

Keeping Business Flying Around The World

A Word From Our Director General

Kurt Edwards

Although the key policy-making bodies of ICAO have adjourned for their summer breaks, IBAC’s technical work continues on the Safety Management Panel (SMP) and the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP).  The SMP is considering whether to amend Annex 19 on Safety Management.  IBAC and other parties have introduced into the discussion the utility of SMS implementation by ground handlers, informed by our experience with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). 

The ICAO CAEP is working on a wide range of sensitive environmental matters, including whether to recommend a long-term climate action goal for 2050 to be agreed by ICAO member states at the next Assembly in the fall 2022.  You may recall that the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change, issued by IBAC and GAMA in 2009, set a 2050 goal of halving our emissions relative to 2005 levels, aligned with the same commitment by the broader industry.  As understanding of the climate change situation evolves, pressure for more ambitious action rises.  Governments in Europe and the new administration in the United States are inclined to net-zero CO2 emissions in 2050.  Moreover, around 50 companies, including airlines and manufacturers, have individually committed to net-zero emissions.  IBAC will engage with the Governing Board and the POC in the next couple of months on this important matter.

If you have not seen it already, please do not hesitate to share with your members and contacts the job posting for Director, International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Programme (HERE).    
Northern hemisphere summer having arrived, we hope you’re all able to find some time to relax and recharge.  Returning from vacation this year brings the prospect of in-person meetings again, and we are looking forward to seeing in person our colleagues and contacts at upcoming events.


Andreas Meyer, IBAC Director, ICAO Liaison

  • The ICAO Council and Air Navigation Commission are now in their summer recess.
  • IBAC continues its work and involvement with several ICAO expert groups during the summer, mainly issues related to COVID-19 and safety management. At the same time preparations for the upcoming High Level COVID Conference have commenced. 


Terry Yeomans, Programme Director

  • 2021/22 8th Edition IS-BAH Standard now released and available for download from the operator’s portal. See related INFO
  • IS-BAH registrations approaching 270 at Stage 1 since inception.
  • Latest IS-BAH newsletter with the latest information is HERE.
  • Next IS-BAH online workshop begins 20 September.


Daniel Devraignes, IBAC Audit Manager / Acting IS-BAO Programme Director

  • IBAC has upgraded and reopened the opportunity for operators to voluntarily provide their aircraft registration marks and confirm their authorization for IBAC to share this information with the French DSAC as part of the ongoing experiment in the context of the Ramp Inspection Programme. We encourage operators to login to the IS-BAO website and provide their information in the portal. For further information on this initiative and the steps to provide your information, refer to the IS-BAO INFO published on June 28. (See INFO here)
  • Additional guidance on IS-BAO Standards has recently been published for sections 3.1 and 3.5 of Chapter 3, and guidance for chapters 8 (Training) and 13 (Flight Operations) is expected to be published later this month. The files are available in the portals upon login in the IBAC website.


Bruce Parry, IBAC Environment Director

  • The S.T.A.R.S. tier-one pilot was launched last month and includes six companies. See press release HERE
  • On 14th July 2021, the European Commission published its proposal connected to the recent ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative that the SAF Coalition has been involved in, outlining the mechanisms it intends to use to increase the uptake of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Europe.

The ReFuelEU Proposal was published as part of a wider set of proposals, entitled “Fit for 55” towards achieving the regions climate ambitions by 2030 and subsequently net-zero by 2050. More information can be found HERE.




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