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A Word From Our Director General

Kurt Edwards

We are looking forward to seeing you in Geneva for EBACE 2022 later this month. 

Planned around the show is the IS-BAH Standards Board meeting.  We appreciate the willingness of ground-handling leaders to help guide this voluntary industry standard.  It is an initiative that is for the industry and by the industry.  More than 260 FBOs around the world have adopted the industry standard that that was first to bring SMS to the ground-handling sector. 

 As you may have seen, sustainability is a central theme at EBACE.  Panels and presentations on sustainable aviation fuels and carbon offsetting will be featured.  Both are important tools to help business aviation meet its mid-term goal of carbon-neutral growth and long-term goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.  Please stop by the IBAC stand #L88 to speak with us about SAF and IBAC EX, the carbon exchange mechanism for business aircraft operators powered by CTX.  We will also share the CO2 calculator from Conklin & de Decker that simplifies the task of estimating your carbon emissions.   

Last but not least, we are looking forward to the first in-person meeting of the IBAC Governing Board in two years.  Thank you to all the board representatives who will be able to join us in Geneva as well as to those who will participate from a distance despite time differences.   

Safe travels to Geneva!


Andreas Meyer, IBAC Director, ICAO Liaison

This year ICAO will host its 41st Session of the General Assembly.  A triennial event that will bring all Member States and leading industry organizations together to discuss the state of the aviation industry and make decisions on strategic, political, and technical topics to shape the following years of aviation.  After more than two years of a global health crisis, the timing will obviously focus on public health and include a high number of other geopolitical and technical topics.
It is a busy time for everyone in ICAO now.  The Council and the Air Navigation Commission have started to review Working Papers that will be presented to the Assembly, and IBAC represents our community’s interests at all those preparatory discussions and meetings.  The months leading up to the Assembly will continue to be focusing on these efforts, together with some key Panel meetings coming up in May.  The Flight Operations Panel and Aviation Security Panel will meet on the outcomes in the next update.


Terry Yeomans, Programme Director

The next IS-BAH workshop series scheduled for the week of 16 May 2022 is open for bookings. Go HERE to register.

The IS-BAH Standards Board meeting is scheduled for the 22nd of May 2022, ahead of the EBACE show.


Andrew Karas, IS-BAO Programme Director

IS-BAO has partnered with Unmanned Safety Institute on developing an RPAS Auditor Training Course that will be available later this year.

Our PS3 meeting on April 14th with Aircare International, and Osprey Flight Solutions was a great success.  Many thanks to these organizations and those that attended for the great discussion on Global Security Threats and Situational Awareness.  The next PS3 meeting is scheduled for 19 May with another Programme Support Affiliate, Southern California Safety Institute that will lead a discussion on Emergency Response Planning and Lessons Learned.

We will be participating in the BASS conference on May 9th, in Savannah, hope to see many of you there.

Upcoming workshops, 10-13 May, and 6-9 June are open for registrations HERE.

The IS-BAO Remote Auditing Policy 2020-1 (Revision 5) has been extended through 31 December 2022.  This document details the conditions, limitations, procedures, and guidelines that apply to remote audits conducted for the IS-BAO Programme. 

It is available for download at:
IS-BAO™ Resources | International Business Aviation Council (IBAC)


Bruce Parry, IBAC Environment Director

EBACE 2022 - Geneva 23rd - 25th May

There will be a number of sustainability activities at EBACE 2022 that will directly support the IBAC commitment on climate change that was updated last fall. These activities directly relate to both the 2nd and 3rd goals of “Carbon Neutral Growth from 2020” and “Net-Zero Carbon by 2050” respectively.   All sessions detailed below are free to attend if you are a delegate at EBACE 2022.


Monday 23 May from 16.00 - 17.30 - Innovation ZoneSustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) – Technical Panel & SAF – OEM Panel   This panel will demystify the use of SAF for potential users, explain the “Book & Claim” process, and share progress on the availability of SAF for operators going forward. The session will also provide an overview of recent regulatory changes and fully update delegates on the activities of the business aviation industry SAF Coalition. There will also be an opportunity to hear from the OEM’s on what they are doing from a sustainability perspective.


Tuesday 24 May 11.30 - 12.30 - Innovation Zone   A Basic Guide to Offsetting   To support the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change (BACCC), IBAC has launched IBAC EX, the Business Aviation Carbon Exchange, a voluntary, market-based measure to help business aviation operators of all sizes achieve the goal of carbon-neutral growth for the industry. This session will feature a panel of experts consisting of offset providers and operators who will share their experience with offsetting as well as a demonstration of the IBAC EX.


Tuesday 24 May 16.30 - 17.30 - Exhibit Hall Theatre 1   S.T.A.R.S. – Standards and Training for Aviation Responsibility and Sustainability  This session will be an overview of the Standards and Training for Aviation Responsibility and Sustainability (S.T.A.R.S.) program that is based on an idea put forward by a collection of EBAA-sponsored One Young World Ambassadors with the goal of improving sustainability levels across the business aviation value chain. EBAA has taken the lead in developing the recommended practices for the standard and this session will explain what S.T.A.R.S. is, who can participate in its implementation and when it will be available to business aviation stakeholders.   If you have any sustainability questions or would like to see a demonstration of the recently announced Carbon Emissions Calculator, please stop by the IBAC stand #L88 during EBACE.


Are you impacted by CORSIA or any of the ETS compliance schemes in Europe? IBAC would like to hear from you if you are impacted by any of the compliance schemes aimed at reducing carbon emissions around the world. We would like to hear from you about your experiences and any challenges you may have encountered with multiple layers of administration complying with different schemes at the same time. If you have, please contact Bruce Parry, IBAC Environment Director at




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