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

IBAC Names Bruce Mayes New Auditor Accreditation Manager
Feb. 26, 2015
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) recently named Bruce Mayes as its new auditor accreditation manager for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) programs. This newly created position will focus on ensuring the quality of the IS-BAO and IS-BAH auditor pool through rigorous evaluation of auditor applications and qualifications, audit report reviews and on-site auditor observations. "We enjoy a very positive, effective relationship with IBAC and look forward to continuing that relationship with our new colleague,” said Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president of regulatory and international affairs. "We are pleased with IBAC's selection of Bruce for this crucial role." Learn more about Mayes new riles with IS-BAO and IS0BAH.

First FBO Earns IS-BAH Certification, Proponents Share Tips on Adopting New Standard
Feb 18, 2015
Several small and large fixed base operators (FBOs) around the world are in the process of adopting the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH), with SRC Aviation Ltd. of New Delhi, India recently becoming the first company certified to the new standard. At the 2015 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015), representatives from FBOs in the process of implementing IS-BAH, as well as IBAC and NATA officials, shared tips for adopting the standard. “It’s not a turnkey solution, it’s not something you buy and put on the shelf,” said Michael France, director of safety and training at the National Air Transportation Association. “If you have an SMS, you can benchmark against IS-BAH; if you don’t, it’s a great framework to build your SMS.” Learn more about adopting IS-BAH.

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.