Industry standards – International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH)
The International Business Aviation Council (LINK ) (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have released the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH), the set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers.
The IS-BAH is a win-win solution for the value chain of the entire industry. It establishes and promotes best practices amongst fixed-based operators (FBOs), provides visibility where it was previously lacking, and explains to airspace users the level of service they can expect from such crucial providers.
IS-BAH features, at its core, a safety management system (SMS), a voluntary registration process, auditor credentialing, audit approval process, a manual and a fully integrated implementation guide. The SMS component allows IS-BAH-registered handlers and FBOs to be recognised by their customers, particularly operators, as having a well-founded safety management development process. SMS maturity is a critical factor in the long-term recognition of the use of industry best practices that conform to ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS).
Modelled on the structure of the long established International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Program, IS-BAH incorporates the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Program, and as one global industry code of best practices, it provides standardisation to handlers and operators around the world to meet the coming SMS requirements from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).