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A Word From the Director General

Kurt Edwards

In April and early May, we participated in ICAO events in South America, Europe, and Asia, in which aviation’s long-term goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 (NZE 2050) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) were featured front and center.  The need for awareness-raising, education, and information on climate financing for States and industry—topics at all these gatherings—will only grow, and the business aviation community will continue to focus on these topics later this month at EBACE 2023.  IBAC looks forward to the presentations and conversations on the tools necessary to reach the industry’s NZE 2050 goal, particularly through SAF and high-quality carbon offsets.  (On this latter topic, we will have at the IBAC EBACE stand i91 a representative from the Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX) to answer your questions on voluntary offsetting.)


Also, at EBACE, we look forward to recognizing milestone achievements and thanking participants in the IS-BAH and IS-BAO Programmes as well as seeing members of the IBAC Governing Board and Industry Partners, which will meet just after EBACE in Geneva.  Please see this link for the schedule of IBAC-related and sustainability-related events at EBACE. VIEW LINE UP


Andreas Meyer, ICAO Liaison 

  • IBAC has been busy and engaged with preparing and coordinating positions that will be discussed during the Safety Management Panel at ICAO this week. Notable some discussions focused on the use and status of industry code of practice programs come to mind. IBAC has also commenced a detailed and thorough review of the proposed Amendment to Annex 19, which has been released as a State Letter, asking States and industry to provide comments.
  • Claude Hurley joined subject matter experts nominated by States and Industry in this year’s first ICAO Flight Operations Panel meeting. Of note for our business aviation community, progress was made on a Concept of Operations for Performance-Based Aerodrome Operating Minima (PBAOM) which aims to allow improved All-Weather Operations (AWO) by providing operational credits for crews flying aircraft equipped with Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS).


Claude Hurley, Director, Environment & Flight Operations 

  • In April, I participated on behalf of IBAC in the first of a series of ICAO Regional Environmental Seminars, with the goal to exchange views with States and other Industry stakeholders on their expectations for ICAO’s 3rd Conference on Alternative Aviation Fuels, slated for the week of the 21st of November in the UAE. Discussions centered around issues related to capacity-building, finance, and policies to facilitate the development, deployment, and access to Sustainable Aviation Fuels, including through Book & Claim. 


Terry Yeomans, Programme Director

  • The April workshop was a great success. Thank you to all that attended from Australia, through Indonesia, India, Middle East, Europe, UK and from the US.
  • The month of May sees the IS-BAH Standards Board meet at EBACE and in June we have the first in-person Fundamentals workshop since 2020, in conjunction with the NBAA Regional in White Plains. Bookings are now being taken but space will be limited.
  • If you are attending EBACE 2023, please plan to join us for the IBAC Recognition Reception 24 May 1600-1730 in the le Proivier Restaurant – near entrance/exit to Palexpo, RSVP HERE


Andrew Karas, IS-BAO Programme Director

The IBAC YouTube Channel has been updated with a consolidated list of IS-BAO SafetyNet and Roundtable Discussions.  The channel content can be viewed here: IBAC - YouTube

Andrew Karas, IS-BAO Programme Director and Stephane De Wolf, European Operations Specialist attended the 9th Annual EASA Ramp Inspection Forum, 26-27 April.  This event was a gathering of Airlines, Civil Aviation Authorities, and Industry Associations to discuss and provide input to this growing initiative led by EASA.  IS-BAO has been active in this forum for several years and recently created a bulletin for operators to understand more about common findings during ramp inspections.  The bulletin can be accessed through the IS-BAO portal or HERE 

8-12 May, Stephane De Wolf will work alongside Civil Aviation Authorities and Industry Associations in Montreal, Canada as ICAO working groups finalize amendments to the 5th Edition of the Safety Management Manual.

The IS-BAO team will be attending EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland 23-25 May.  Looking forward to seeing you all there and please stop by the IBAC booth i91 to catch up on IS-BAO and ICAO Updates. 

If you are attending EBACE 2023, please plan to join us for the IBAC Recognition Reception 24 May 1600-1730 in the le Proivier Restaurant – near entrance/exit to Palexpo, RSVP HERE

There will be an IS-BAO Fundamentals Workshop for Europe/Middle East/Africa time zones on 5-6 June, 0900-1300 CEST.  Click here to signup and see the rest of the workshop schedule:  International Business Aviation Council | Workshops (




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