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IBAC: UPDATE March 2020

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

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Kurt Edwards

Watching the spread of COVID-19 around the world is causing concern, particularly in the aviation industry.  IBAC has become a partner in CAPSCA (Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation), anchored by several United Nations agencies, including ICAO and WHO, which shares up-to-date information on the spread of epidemics from global experts and industry entities.  The CAPSCA page on COVID-19 can be found here for your direct reference.  IBAC will also push out to its members updated information as it comes available.

In addition to the CAPSCA site, ICAO has also launched its own web page on COVID-19.  It is focused on civil aviation and provides targeted resources and information for use by operators, airports, and passengers.

We encourage use of both Web sites as part of your risk-assessment and -mitigation processes.

ICAO Update

•    IBAC welcomed Mr Steve Creamer, Director, Air Navigation Bureau ICAO at the POC/43 and exchanged views on the future shape of the air transport sector and the role international organization can and should play in the implementation of Assembly Resolutions.
•    A few precatory meetings for the upcoming ANC session were held at ICAO Headquarters.
•    Over the course of the next few weeks Council and Air Navigation Commission will be in session discussing items such as: conflict zones, cybersecurity, accident and incident report data bases and communication issues.
•    IBAC will attend the International Operators Conference (IOC) in Charlotte in the week of March 15, 2020


•    IBAC is publishing 8th edition of the Audit Programme Manual (APM 8). See a summary of changes included in the last IS-BAO Programme Update Q1 2020 HERE.
•    There will be another IS-BAO/BAH Continuous Improvement Roundtable on Tuesday, 17 March 5:00-7:30 PM during the NBAA IOC in Charlotte, North Carolina.  All IS-BAO, IS-BAH registered companies and auditors are invited to attend.  Please RSVP HERE.


•    The first Business aviation SAF/Sustainability Summit will be held in Washington, DC, 24th March at Hogan Lovells from 1300 - 1700. The Summit will be aimed at investigating how best and how quickly the production, supply, demand and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) can be accelerated through panels featuring key stakeholders in the industry, including IBAC Director General, Kurt Edwards, who will be contributing to a panel to discuss long-term solutions from the regulator and stakeholder perspective. Registration is required and can be accessed HERE - space is limited.
•    The EU SAF Roundtable was held 3rd March 2020. Business aviation was represented through GAMA and EBAA’s participation. The Roundtable was held to discuss the measures the EU could take to boost the production and supply of SAF. We will have a full update in the next IBAC Update.
•    A reminder to the Member Associations that the print version of SAF FAQ trifold files are available in seven languages with the ability to insert the association’s logo and print at your location. As a sustainable option, we also have a digital version to post on websites.  Please contact the IBAC communications team for details at



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