Kurt Edwards


IBAC’s two safety programmes, IS-BAO and IS-BAH, lead the industry in the voluntary promotion of safety among the business aviation community in the air and on the ground.  We say that these two Standards are created and executed “for the industry, by the industry”. This is a strength shared by no other safety programme for our community and about which IBAC, its member associations, and programme participants are proud.  Operators, ground-handlers, subject-matter experts, and auditors contribute annually to the Standards’ development, and, increasingly, the IBAC IS-BAO and IS-BAH teams are reaching out to involve more participants in providing feedback to improve your Standards.  If you have not seen them already, please do review the most recent programme-specific newsletters on IS-BAO and IS-BAH and, if you would like, opt in to receive these via email by visiting our opt-in form HERE.

You will note below that the ICAO Council approved this summer the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).  Requirements for reporting begin 1 January 2019, assuming States are able to put in place by then the national requirements and guidance for operators to do so.

This summer we have been pleased to support our member associations and share information with their members at key events: the CBAA Annual meeting in Waterloo, ON, in mid-June and the NBAA Northeast Regional meeting in Westchester, NY, in late June.  Thank you both for inviting IBAC and congratulations on the successful events.

We are looking forward to supporting ABAG and meeting the Brazilian community at LABACE in mid-August.  If you’re at LABACE, please stop by and speak with us at the IBAC stand, #5006.


The July IS-BAH newsletter had a great deal of information in it.  We hope that it was well received by the member associations and that they, in turn, distributed it to their members.  Anyone wishing to opt in to the IS-BAH newsletter mailing list should sign up at this link.

The following stations recently achieved IS-BAH Stage 1 registration. Congratulations to the management and teams from:

  • Signature Flight Support in Panama City, Panama
  • ICCS Mexico & Latin America in Monterrey, Mexico
  • Aviapartner in Ibiza, Spain

Upcoming IS-BAH Workshops: 
San Jose, CA USA: 04th (Fundamentals) and 05th (Auditing) September – Prior to the NBAA Regional Forum on 06 September

Ashburn, VA: 12th and 13th September (Fundamentals – two half days) – Following the NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium on 11th-12th September

We request the member associations promote the workshops in order to ensure their continued success.  We would appreciate assistance from NBAA and their regional offices for the workshops in particular on both the West and East coasts.


Established Stage 3 operator focus group is kicking off in August. This group of long-term IS-BAO operators with mature safety systems will drive development of a Stage 3 alternative that may have certain exciting quality improvements. Some items being discussed are IS-BAO operator info-sharing, progressive auditing, operator mentoring, operator/auditor roundtables, and much more.

The new IS-BAO web based Implementation Guide will be released in August. This will be an open-source system allowing operators the ability to post implementation solutions and look for new solutions as their operation changes.

We have also kicked off a survey on audit costs.  The data collected will enable us to produce a report with the goal of promoting a reasonable pricing floor, setting expectations, and assisting in developing IS-BAO regions.  Auditors are encouraged to take the survey at this link.


The ICAO Council recently adopted the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) that set out the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).  Formally known as Annex 16, Volume IV, of the Chicago Convention, these SARPs will become effective from 22 October 2018.  Activity under per the CORSIA SARPs becomes applicable on 1 January 2019, when covered operators are expected to establish emissions monitoring plan.

There are still 4 remaining IATA CORSIA Emissions Monitoring Plan Workshops (together with a CORSIA 101), which will be held in the following locations;

  • Singapore, 7-8 August
  • Nairobi, 14-16 August, hosted by AFRAA
  • Istanbul, 28-29 August, hosted by Pegasus Airlines
  • Moscow, 4-5 September
  • The Nairobi CORSIA EMP workshop will be organized in conjunction with a 1-day Fuel Efficiency Workshop.
  • Business aircraft operators are welcome to attend the CORSIA seminars free of charge. To register, please email corsia@iata.org.

The July CORSIA update is available through the IBAC website.  Anyone wishing to receive regular updates on CORSIA should sign up by contacting us at corsia@ibac.org.