Katherine Hilst

Katherine Hilst
International Business Aviation Council (IBAC)

Katherine Hilst is operations manager for IBAC’s International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) program. Her role there includes workshop and educational program development based on industry feedback to meet the needs of IS-BAO operators now and in the future. Her passion is the proactive management of aviation safety, including the concepts of adaptive capacity and resilience.

Hilst has an extensive background in safety management consulting and is an experienced safety auditor, including work as an auditor for the IS-BAO program, the Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) and for the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Accredited Program of Safety.

As a commercial pilot in both helicopter and fixed-wing, Hilst has been involved in aviation and flying for over 30 years. Hilst began her aviation career as a charter pilot and flight instructor at HeliStream, Inc. in Los Angeles. She moved north to fly helicopters in Alaska for Temsco Helicopters and in the mid-1990s became their first safety manager.

Hilst later co-founded and operated a helicopter trekking and skiing company in Juneau, AK, NorthStar Trekking, where she also developed the risk management, safety and CRM training program for their pilots and crew. She has worked for more than 20 years as a Human Factors/CRM instructor and consultant, and in 2009 formed Safety Design Consulting, LLC, through which she has provided consulting services to the industry.

Hilst graduated with honors earning a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law and was admitted to the Alaska and Washington Bar Associations. She has also earned a Master of Aeronautical Science, Aviation, and Aerospace Safety Systems degree with distinction from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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