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mebaa news article image IBAC: UPDATE May 2019


Kurt Edwards 

To what degree should the commercial side of business aviation, i.e., on-demand charter operations, be covered by air services agreements between countries, with a view to liberalizing or making more flexible opportunities to fly internationally?  That was a theme of some conversations last month at the ICAO Air Transport Regulation Panel, in which IBAC participated.  While the topic was not a formal agenda item, there appeared to be favorable interest among some panel members there.  I would be interested in hearing from operators with your thoughts on the concept.  Please send me an email at
IBAC was pleased to participate in ABACE 2019 in Shanghai in April and to highlight in particular the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH).  Thanks to all who attended the panel session and who stopped by the IBAC stand to catch up.

We closed the end of the month by presenting business aviation’s efforts to promote awareness and the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) at ICAO’s first Stocktaking Seminar on SAF.  More on this below from Bruce Parry.
May means EBACE, and we look forward to seeing you there.  IBAC will have several events for IS-BAO and IS-BAH participants (see below).  Moreover, the environment will be a central focus of activity in May. The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), of which IBAC is a member, will hold its Global Sustainable Aviation Forum in Montreal on May 13th.  Come learn about the innovative measures and strategies being deployed by the global aviation industry to mitigate environmental impacts, particularly those related to climate change. I will be moderating a panel at the forum, titled Next Steps on CORSIA and Prospects for the 40th ICAO Assembly. And en route to Geneva for EBACE, we will join with several other business and general aviation associations in highlighting SAF at Farnborough Airport on May 18.

•    IS-BAH standards board will meet ahead of EBACE on Monday, May 20th, there will be a full agenda with much to discuss and we are expecting a good turnout.

•    IS-BAH did a presentation on ground handling safety, at the Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS 2019).

•    Workshops in Atlanta were well attended. In June we will see workshops in White Plains and London Luton.

•    The IS-BAO Programme has been representing and meeting with operators at several industry events: the EASA Ramp inspection (SAFA) meeting, Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS), Go Digital, and the Aviation Insurance Association (AIA) annual conference.

•    Internal Programme work continues with the Progressive Stage 3 Option and updated tools. 

•    The Helicopter Association International (HAI) collaborative is being updated for the Industry in order to leverage both HAI and IBAC’s new capabilities.

•    Successful workshops in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Washington DC, and Atlanta are building momentum for the busy summer schedule.


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