A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR GENERAL
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.