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Keeping Business Flying Around The World

A Word From Our Director General

Kurt Edwards

This week in 1981, IBAC was formed when six founding member associations, CBAA, NBAA, BBGA, EBAA, GBAA, and AfBAA (or their precursors), signed its charter in Anaheim, California, during an annual NBAA meeting.  The purpose was to have IBAC advocate for business aviation at ICAO and around the world. Of course, important to IBAC’s development is the growth of the business aviation community with associations from around the world joining in addition to the founding six: ABAA Australia, ABAG Brazil, AsBAA Asia, BAOA India, EBAA France, IBAA Italy, IBGAA Ireland, JBAA Japan, and MEBAA Middle East & North Africa.  

Much has been accomplished in 40 years for the business aviation community, including establishing IBAC’s presence at ICAO in Montreal as an official observer; developing two recognized global codes of best safety practice, IS-BAO and IS-BAH; revising Annex 6 Part II of the Chicago Convention; offering Aircrew IDs; and leading industry sustainability efforts including the new Carbon Credit Exchange voluntary offset platform, among others.

Thanks to all members, programme participants, industry partners, and operator affiliates for your support over the last 40 years.  Our success is due to you! We look forward to working on behalf of business aviation for decades to come.

There will be more to come on the 40th anniversary as we complete a commemorative video montage that many of you have contributed to and it’s not too late if you want to be included. Contact Marj Rose for details at


Andreas Meyer, IBAC Director, ICAO Liaison

On 13 September 2021, after the usual summer recess, ICAO Council and Air Navigation Commission have resumed with their 224th and 218th Session respectively.  Preparations for the High-Level Conference on COVID-19 in November and the 41st ICAO Assembly in fall 2022 are at the top of the agenda.  


Terry Yeomans, Programme Director

EASA Ground Handling Rulemaking Task Force work commences after the summer break. IBAC continues to provide support and input into the work toward implementing regulations on ground handling.

We have now reached the 260 mark for locations that have achieved IS-BAH Stage 1 since the programme launched in 2014.

Another milestone, the first IS-BAH Stage 3 renewal for SRC Aviation in New Delhi has been completed.


Daniel Devraignes, IBAC Audit Manager / Acting IS-BAO Programme Director

Many thanks to IS-BAO Programme Support Affiliates that continue to offer valuable safety webinars to the business aviation community at no cost. Check out our schedule HERE and sign up today!

SafetyNet presented by MedAire: Keeping Business Flying - Security is NOT the Same Post Pandemic - 22 September 2021 Register!

SafetyNet presented by MedAire: Factors to Consider When Prioritizing Safety - 7 October 2021 Register!

Polaris Aero will host two SafetyNets next month, October 7th and 28th – registration opening soon!


Bruce Parry, IBAC Environment Director

IBAC recently announced its new alliance with Carbon Trade eXchange (CTX) to provide a transparent and efficient platform for business aviation organizations to voluntarily purchase carbon credits to offset their CO2 emissions as part of an overall sustainability plan. Read the press release HERE.

We encourage IBAC Member Associations to share this new opportunity with their members to reduce carbon emissions.  As a special offer to the business aviation community, CTX is offering the IBAC business aviation community a 20% discount off the initial membership fee until 31 December 2021, using the discount code IBAC2021. Please visit the IBAC-EX web page for more details and contact Bruce Parry at with questions. 



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