The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and its member associations, is a recommended code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. IS-BAO is an industry standard built for operators, by operators that provides standards based on the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS). Both the FAA and CAA in Canada recognize IS-BAO as meeting the ICAO standard. The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) also recognizes IS-BAO as an industry standard for business aircraft operations.
IS-BAO was amended in 2012 to facilitate implementation by helicopter operators. This was a joint effort between IBAC, the helicopter associations HAI, BHA and EHA. Learn more on the IBAC website.
While developing and maintaining a Safety Management System (SMS) is not required under current FAA regulations, the industry is projecting that by as early as 2014 the FAA could mandate SMS compliance for Part 135 operations. There are over 700 IS-BAO registered operators in the U.S. and around the world, and that number continues to grow as more flight departments and operators begin to see value in not only managing a safe aviation environment, but empowering a whole organization to be involved in a safety culture.
As a parallel program to IS-BAO, IBAC and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have developed International Standard for Business Aircraft Handlers (IS-BAH), a set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers that features an SMS as its core. Learn more about IS-BAH.
For an outline of the topics covered, review the IS-BAO Table of Contents.
Additional information about IS-BAO is also available on the IBAC web site.
U.S. operators may purchase IS-BAO materials through NBAA, an IBAC-affiliated association.
When you order the IS-BAO materials, you will receive access to download the IS-BAO, the Audit Programme Manual (APM), and the latest Audit Protocols. You will also have access to the suite of supporting electronic documents/tools including:
- Online Implementation Guidance
- IS-BAO Generic Company Operations Manuals (Four versions including Standard, European, Small Operator and Single Pilot)
- SMS Toolkit (Booklet and over 30 guidance documents to assist you in SMS implementation)
Price for IS-BAO and accompanying materials:
- NBAA Member Companies – $1,200
- Non-Members of NBAA – $1,650
Additional information about IS-BAO, including a schedule of upcoming IS-BAO Workshops, is available on the IBAC web site.