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Session Preview: Safety Experts Explain SMS

Atlanta, GA, October 19, 2010

As countries around the world seek to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization's November deadline for establishing regulations governing safety management systems (SMS), business aircraft operators who fly overseas have taken an increasing interest in the subject, in anticipation of needing to have an SMS in place once regulations are enacted in the nations in which they operate.

One of the preferred ways to meet impending SMS requirements is the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), which was developed by the International Business Aviation Council's (IBAC). IS-BAO leverages the safety best practices developed by operators worldwide to help aircraft operators develop their own SMS, regardless of the size or scope of their flight operations.

During the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the Association is holding two sessions designed to give an overview of IS-BAO, as well as a "help desk" for operators who have started the process and seek assistance.

In the IS-BAO orientation session, which will be held today from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Georgia World Congress Center Room B308, Kathy Perfetti, the IS-BAO standards manager for IBAC, will provide an overview of IS-BAO's SMS component, as well as a detailed explanation of the audit process. This session will explain how to start and progress through the process of developing uniform practical procedures that are relevant to the highest levels of operational safety. For those already familiar with IS-BAO, this session also will teach how to advocate for IS-BAO within your company.

In the "help desk" session, which will be held October 21 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Room B304, members of the NBAA Domestic Operations Committee whose flight departments have already achieved IS-BAO "registration" (certification) will field questions from operators working toward that goal. In addition, IS-BAO auditors will be on hand to offer their viewpoints. The help desk format of this session is designed to facilitate small-group interaction, discretion and focused attention on each participant.

Convention Attendees are encouraged to attend these informative sessions. Learn more about SMS on the NBAA web site at