Despite challenges in 2018 but with terrific support from member associations, IBAC continued to work actively on behalf of the industry at ICAO and with its members around the world. Below are listed several key achievements and developments in 2018.


* In our first full year with a communications capability, IBAC refreshed and published new collateral on the organization broadly, the two International Standards Programmes, and new membership opportunities. Updates were also made to trade show banners and graphics in 2018. We undertook a much more active approach online, including social-media and Google advertising to drive more attention to the IBAC Web site and increase registrations for the ISP workshops. IBAC also launched monthly newsletters for the member associations and regular, periodic newsletters tailored to the IS-BAO and IS-BAH communities, on-demand INFO and Bulletin communications, and more press releases or statements. Through all this, we saw a significant uptick in online engagement throughout the year.


* We decided to draw on the strengths of our standards programmes to develop data of use to the industry. Already, we are sharing aggregate data from IS-BAO through regular newsletters to participants and operator roundtables, and we are sharing data on ground-handling safety from anonymous submissions from IS-BAH participants to the IS-BAH reporting tool.

* Both IS-BAO and IS-BAH focused in 2018 on solidifying each programme. IS-BAO has made important automation and on-line improvements to the audit process and available information for use by operators and auditors. IS-BAH saw significant growth, finishing the year with 153 registered facilities around the world, and we achieved this while also successfully resetting our relationship with a partner organization in IS-BAH.

* IBAC, with EBAA support, continued to work with EASA on a program that should lead to EASA recognition of IS-BAO as a means of compliance with or significant credit toward European operators meeting Part NCC requirements.

* With the support of AsBAA, we engaged with the authorities in the Philippines and Thailand on the possible use of IS-BAO as a tool to assist in developing appropriate regulatory oversight for business aviation.

* IBAC completed work with ICAO on a global guidance document on ground handling for States’ use. The guidance document should be forthcoming in 2018. It recognizes IS-BAH as an industry standard for use in the business aviation context around the world.


* At ICAO, IBAC successfully completed the initiative to amend the global standard requiring a hardened cockpit door for commercial aircraft over MCTOW 45.5 tonnes. The new standard sets the threshold at MCTOW 54.5 tonnes and a passenger seating capacity of 19 or fewer, allowing the new generation of ultra-long-range business aircraft to reach their full operating potential.

* At the 13th Air Navigation Conference at ICAO, IBAC proposed an additional, important consideration be taken into account in the ICAO SARPs development process: self-evaluations by States on likelihood to implement new requirements. While somewhat controversial, the notion will be taken up by the Air Navigation Commission as it examines improvements to the SARPs process. The key objective is for States and ICAO to understand more completely the resource implications of new requirements such that airspace users, particularly our community, are not adversely affected.


* IBAC undertook a significant outreach initiative to inform the global business aviation community about the ICAO Carbon-Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and the reporting, monitoring, and verification obligations of covered operators.

* IBAC continued to support and contribute to the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) working groups on noise and emissions with a view to ensuring that business aviation products and activity are appropriately recognized in the ICAO SARPs development process.

* IBAC joined with EBAA, NBAA, GAMA, NATA, and Bombardier in launching the Business Aviation Guide on Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel at EBACE in May, a foundational event for more initiatives and events in the coming years.


* We engaged with the business aviation community in Mexico to assist them in developing a national association there to represent the industry. That effort culminated in an IBAC Governing Board meeting in November in Mexico City to demonstrate the global community’s support for our Mexican colleagues’ initiative.


* Our office in Montreal changed significantly as we bade farewell to Paul Lessard and John Goldbach and welcomed two new employees, Cheima Ben Brahim and Brenda Pizano. We began to update the IT systems, and we refurnished the office for the first time since 1999.

* IBAC hosted the Planning and Operations Committee meeting in Montreal in September to continue efforts to build greater interaction between the member associations and ICAO officials. This built on the Governing Board meeting at ICAO in November 2017.