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mebaa news article image IBAC UPDATE JUNE 2021

A Word From Our Director General

Kurt Edwards

Although the feeling of post-pandemic relief is taking hold in many places, there are still problem areas around the world.  Challenges related to the balance of public health protection and economic activity will continue.  Aviation suffers especially from this balancing act, subject to a variety of national travel restrictions and quarantines.  IBAC distributed in May a post-pandemic messaging guide for member associations’ use with respective government agencies to encourage the use of risk-based approaches to restart international operations. 

It has been terrific to see member associations keeping in touch with the community through online activities, particularly in May.  AfBAA’s interview with Capt. Musa Nuhu, Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, was wide-ranging and quite interesting with regard to the challenges facing and the opportunities for business aviation in Nigeria.  And EBAA’s EBACE Connect provided engagement and industry insight over several days of panel discussions and presentations.  In June and July, IBAC will offer some free safety webinars; please check out the IBAC website for details.

I would also like to welcome two new IBAC Industry Partners that we announced in May, CAE and FlightSafety International.  We thank them both for their support and look forward to collaborating with them on many initiatives in the future.  
Last, please join me in congratulating Terry Yeomans, Director of the IS-BAH Programme, on receiving the Flight Safety Foundation’s Business Aviation Meritorious Safety Award for his work in promoting ground-handling safety.  His leadership of the IS-BAH Programme has demonstrated that SMS can be applied in the ground-handling context as well as the operator context. IS-BAH was the first ground-handling industry standard to incorporate SMS.  As a result, Terry was instrumental in providing critical input to the development of the ICAO Manual on Ground-Handling.


Andreas Meyer, IBAC Director, ICAO Liaison

The ICAO Council and Air Navigation Commission commenced their 223rd and 217th Sessions, respectively, on 26 April 2021 and will conclude on 25 June 2021.

The development work on the ICAO Public Health Corridor Workshop has been completed and will be released soon.


Terry Yeomans, Programme Director

The seventh IS-BAH Standards Board took place 17th May.

Potential changes for the 2021/22 version of the IS-BAH are being collated and will be ready for release on July 01st

Stage 2 organizations now make up 58% of those who have been registered at Stage 1

The fourth IS-BAH virtual workshop for 2021 starts the week of the 12th July, bookings are now open.


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

The IS-BAO team continues to work with various regulatory authorities around the globe to further enhance global recognition of our registered operators’ commitment to safety. In May, important milestones were achieved in the cooperation project between IBAC and the French DSAC regarding the international program of aircraft inspections (“the SAFA program”). Further details will be communicated to the IS-BAO operators very soon.

The IS-BAO Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Phase 1 work is advancing and the working group’s recommendations for the Standards Board regarding inclusion of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) option in the IS-BAO Standard is expected to be available in the coming weeks.

The Progressive Stage 3 Programme (PS3) has expanded into Europe and in May we announced Shell Aircraft LTD as the first European operator to register for the PS3 option.


Bruce Parry, IBAC Environment Director

Endorsements for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from the helicopter segment have emerged recently including a rescue operation in Germany.

Plans are taking shape for SAF educational activities during NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas 12-14 October 2021. More to come.

Source: IBAC Update

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