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IBAC Update October 2018

13 October 2018

IBAC Update October 2018


Kurt Edwards


IBAC is on the road this month.  You should have already received a list of events that we are hosting or in which we are participating.  At the beginning of October, at the 10th Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva, we shared with a broad range of aviation and sustainability organizations the Business Aviation Guide to Sustainable Aviation Jet Fuel, which we had launched at EBACE at the end of May. 

In September, I wrapped up a visit to Southeast Asia that included an ICAO meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.  IBAC was there to ensure the Asia-Pacific region’s continued commitment to a flexible, non-exclusionary approach to implementation of coming performance-based communications and surveillance (PBCS) requirements.  The key issue here is that while business aviation is largely technically equipped to meet PBCS requirements, we have found that national authorities are themselves not prepared, potentially putting our operators at a disadvantage due to lack of authorizations.  

IBAC is bringing this matter to the global community at ICAO’s 13th Air Navigation Conference in Montreal in October.  This is an important yet infrequent meeting—the 13th in ICAO’s 74 years—that will address critical safety and efficiency matters in preparation for the ICAO Assembly in fall 2019.  As the global aviation system seeks to apply new technologies to enhance efficiency and safety, we believe that ICAO, as part of its regular standards-making process, should assess the abilities of States to implement new requirements as it also consults with industry.  Such an assessment does not currently exist and has led to unintended consequences for some business aircraft operators. 

We look forward to seeing you at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition 16-18 October in Orlando.  Please stop by the IBAC booth at #687 to say hello, ask us any questions, and suggest other ways in which we can support the industry. 



  • - EASA New Basic Regulation 2018/1139 has been published.  As expected, ground handling is now included (Article 33). IBAC and the IS-BAH team have taken the initiative and provided input to the Agency in its fact-finding phase. Our contribution will help shape the scope, objectives, and performance indicators to draft a ground-handling roadmap (in Q4 2018) to be implemented in 2019. A gap analysis between the EASA requirements and the IS-BAH showed that the two are largely in line with each other.

  • - IS-BAH registrations passed the 140 marks, with Stage 2s fast approaching 20 locations. The first Stage 3 audit is currently undergoing review.

  • - The final 2018 workshops are coming up in Houston (October), Cologne (November), and Dubai (December).  Bookings are still open but are filling up fast.



  • - Some may not be aware of it, but IBAC is a member of the ICAO Safety Management Panel and ensures that, in the global SMS regulatory context, the needs of business aircraft operators are taken into account by the world’s aviation safety authorities.  As a result of IBAC’s efforts on behalf of the industry, the IS-BAO has reflected the latest version of the ICAO Safety Management Manual, ICAO Doc. 9859, since earlier this year. Those operators that have recently completed audits or will soon undertake their audits should be proud of their industry-leading accomplishment in applying those best practices.

  • - We are looking forward to launching the IBAC Continuous Improvement Roundtable at NBAA BACE 2018. All IS-BAO operators and accredited auditors are invited to attend. See invite HERE.



  • - ICAO has released the CO2 Estimation and Reporting Tool (CERT), which will be beneficial as a reporting tool to the majority of business aviation operators who are affected by CORSIA. This template and other templates are available HERE

  • - The Environmental Technical Manual related to the CORSIA implementation has recently become available and is guidance for the implementation of the SARPs for Annexe 16 Vol IV                                                                                                              

  • - All operators affected by CORSIA should now be thinking about completing their Emissions Monitoring Plans (EMP) for submission to their Administering Authority in the coming months template available HERE

  • - ICAO are also working on guidance on how to complete the Emissions Monitoring Plan (EMP), which will be made available in the coming weeks. If you need help completing your EMP, or using the CERT, please contact