Two working groups launched to accelerate Business aviation’s “green recovery” with creation of sustainability standards

25 September 2020, Brussels Furthering its commitment to help business aircraft operators and companies take substantial action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has launched two working groups tasked with defining guidelines for the sector’s bold initiative S.T.A.R.S. – Standards & Training for Aviation Responsibility and Sustainability.

Originally conceived by a group of young Business aviation professionals across Europe, and wholly supported by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the S.T.A.R.S. programme is a three-tiered set of standards and resources, which permits even the smallest of business aircraft operators and companies to receive accreditation for complying with progressive social and environmental best practices.

“The road to recovery from COVID-19 can and should happen in a sustainable way across all industries,” says EBAA Secretary-General Athar Husain Khan. “For Business aviation, S.T.A.R.S. aims to provide the guidance and resources to do so. We anticipate having the standards and the accompanying label ready to launch in early 2021.”

“Business aviation has always been a forward-thinking, self-regulating industry. It has long established global, voluntary safety standards to ensure safe operations in the air and on the ground,” adds Kurt Edwards, IBAC Secretary General. “The social and environmental guidance from S.T.A.R.S. will give operators, FBOs, ground handlers, maintenance providers, brokers, and the other businesses along the value chain a clear path towards further contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

The two EBAA working groups comprise individuals from major business aviation companies. They will develop the environmental and social standards, respectively. Once finalized, the standards will be integrated in the existing International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). They will also be available standalone for organisations that do not operate aircraft or provide ground services as part of their activities.

Employees from these companies and organisations are participating in the working groups:

Air Service Basel GlobeAir Lumino
AirGO Griffon Aero LuxAviation
Bombardier Aviation HADID KS Consulting & DS Obi Aviation
CAT Aviation Hunt & Palmer PLC PrivateFly
FAI Aviation Group Jacobs Engineering Textron Aviation
Fly Green Alliance Jet Solidaire Time to Fly
GearUp Media Ltd JetSupport The Air Law Firm
Web Manuals

More information about S.T.A.R.S. can be found here.


Taunya Renson-Martin, EBAA Strategic Comms Advisor, +32 475 604 096,

Marj Rose, IBAC Communications, +001 214-862-8992,