IS-BAO Tops 200 Registered Operators

Contacts: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360,
Patrick Dunne, (202) 783-9263,

Washington, DC, January 5, 2010 –The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), a member of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), recently welcomed the 200th registered operator under the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).

The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), developed by IBAC and its member associations, is a code of best safety practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism.

“Since 2002, IS-BAO has increasingly been accepted by companies and international governments as the global standard for business aircraft operations. The community’s investment in developing these codes-of –practice has achieved a critical mass of operators able to clearly demonstrate the value of the IS-BAO standard,” said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO. “We expect that even more operators will sign up for IS-BAO registration as additional countries recognize the value of this program to their national safety programs.”

IS-BAO is the only aviation industry code-of-practice recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for meeting its Safety Management System (SMS) requirements for both commercial and non-commercial operations.  Key to the success of IS-BAO is its scalability allowing single-pilot, single-aircraft operations to develop meaningful safety practices while providing a robust safety network for larger operations.  

“NBAA is a proud member of IBAC and pleased to see that so many operators and governments recognize IS-BAO as the global standard of safe and efficient operations,” Bolen said.

About IBAC

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is comprised of business aviation associations from around the world. It is an international non-governmental organization with permanent observer status with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN Specialized Agency for aviation matters based in Montreal, Canada. IBAC, in coordination with Member Associations, produces material of direct value to flight departments, such as the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), Safety Management Tool Kit, SMS eLearning training and the Aircrew Identification Card.

About NBAA

Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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