International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH)

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The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handlers (IS-BAH), developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), is a set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers that features at its core a safety management system (SMS).

IS-BAOIS-BAH follows the long-established format and structure of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) program and incorporates many of the guidelines from NATA’s popular Ground Audit Standard as well as elements of that association’s Safety 1st training program. As a global industry code of best practices, IS-BAH will provide standardization to handlers and operators around the world, helping them meet the coming SMS requirements from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

IBAC made the IS-BAH Manual and Implementation Guide available for purchase on July 1, 2014. IBAC will work with NATA to establish a standards board of industry experts to assess and revise the standard annually in a manner consistent with IS-BAO revision procedures, and a review board will approve all audit reports.

For more information, visit the IBAC web site.

Recent News

New International Standard for Business Aviation Ground Handling Launched
May 21, 2014
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced last week during EBACE2014 the creation of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). IS-BAH follows the structure of IBAC's successful International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) program, and also leverages the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit program. "The IS-BAH program will help ensure registered ground handling organizations are conducting their operations under a set of standardized best practices," said Jim Cannon, IBAC's IS-BAO program director. "It will also help business aircraft operators using those facilities to verify that the organization has incorporated SMS processes." Learn more about IS-BAH.