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IBAC: UPDATE September 2019

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

mebaa news article image IBAC: UPDATE September 2019


Kurt Edwards  

At the end of September, the 40th meeting of the ICAO Assembly will start.  Over a two-week period, 193 member States will set the priorities for the next three years of work at the global standard-setting body, and IBAC will participate, representing the interests of worldwide business aviation community.  We look forward to having on our delegation representatives from at least five of our member associations, each engaging with their respective national and regional delegations.  

While the Assembly will broadly work on endorsing the Global Air Navigation Plan, the Global Aviation Safety Plan, the Global Aviation Security Plan, and the work arising from each, there are several key issues that IBAC will promote or follow closely.  First, IBAC will promote the recent activities of the business aviation community regarding sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and, as it is a critical tool for mitigating carbon emissions, call on States to implement policies to incentivize the production and consumption of SAF. 

Second, IBAC will join with the broad aviation industry to underscore the importance of proceeding with the Carbon Offsetting and Reductions Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and reiterating the agreed principals that CORSIA is the global market-based measure to address international aviation emissions and that there should not be any double-charging for those emissions.

Third, we will follow developments in a range of areas to ensure that recommendations do not disadvantage business aircraft operators.  For example, we will seek to ensure that the Assembly endorses work on supersonic noise and emissions standards to proceed in the usual data-driven manner at ICAO.  We will watch to ensure that any new work on advance passenger information and passenger name record standards will take into account the needs of small operators, both non-commercial and commercial.  

Last, we joining with manufacturers to encourage ICAO, over the next three years, to collect and share best practices from around the world on turbo-prop safety and air traffic management requirements related to helicopter operations, to facilitate growth in both domains.


•    The Progressive Stage 3 beta test group is now entering an active testing stage.

•    IBAC will host a joint IS-BAO and IS-BAH Programme roundtable for current registrants and programme auditors at NBAA-BACE on 23 October at 10:30 AM followed by a Lunch & Learn opened to registrants, auditors, guests and anyone interested in learning more about these programmes. . RSVP HERE 

•    IS-BAO Operations is in the process of redeveloping the auditor workshops.

•    IBAC has a SafetyNet Webinar series focused on the subject of Fatigue. Registration for Part 2 on October 15th is open.  Register HERE 


•    Registration is open for IS-BAH workshops in Marrakech, Las Vegas, and Dubai.   

While it is the 40th session of the Assembly, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of ICAO’s founding in 1944.  The global regime guiding international civil aviation operations has been in place for 75 years.  Despite any differences of opinion or tensions during the meeting, the Assembly will nonetheless be a celebration of the “development of international civil aviation [that] can greatly help to create and preserve friendship and understanding among the nations and peoples of the world.” (From the preamble of the Chicago Convention, establishing ICAO in 1944.) 


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