IS-BAO is an industry code of best practices developed by the international business aviation community for the benefit its members. It is the group’s contribution to promoting highly professional operational practices  that will build on the excellent safety record already established by business aviation. Conforming to these standards and recommended practices is voluntary and may be self-administered. However, recognition for implementation of and conformance to the standards is available via an auditing process that results in an IBAC certificate of registration.

The program centers on the Safety Management System (SMS) developed by ICAO and other operations-critical industries. It leads the operator from establishment of beginning principles to a sustainable SMS and operations program to a performance-based, risk averse culture for both large and small operations. Audits conducted every two years ensure conformance with the standard and provide valuable feedback to the operator. The registration certificate issued upon successful completion of an audit serves as proof of compliance with several key ICAO standards, which are required for operations in number of countries.

More than 700 business aviation operators in 35 countries are currently IS-BAO registered, which continue to improve their safety risk profile and operating effectiveness and efficiency.

IS-BAO registered operators are enthusiastic in their praise of the program noting that since implementation they experience:

•    Enhanced operational safety through predictive and proactive methods

•    A sense of teamwork and pride of achievement among their personnel

•    Improved efficiency and effectiveness through an integrated management system

•    Increased senior management understanding and appreciation for the flight department

•    Reduced insurance rates

•    The ability to measure overall department performance

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The HAI Accreditation Program of Safety (HAI-APS) is a voluntary program that helps helicopter operators reduce accident rates and improve their safety cultures. HAI, the trade association for the international helicopter community, developed HAI-APS to help participating businesses “fly to a higher standard” of safety and professionalism.

“Safety First” isn’t just a poster and reducing your accident rate to zero — or preserving an already-good safety record — isn’t just a feel-good thought. Accidents have real consequences, for both people and businesses. As HAI President Matt Zuccaro has commented, “If you think safety is expensive, try having an accident.”

HAI-APS is based on two sets of performance standards: a set of: International Standards for Business Aviation Organizations (IS-BAO), and the HAI-APS Helicopter Mission Specific Standards (HMSS),developed by HAI to address safety in specific missions flown by helicopter operators.

Both standards easily scale to operations large and small and are performance based, allowing you maximum flexibility in determining how you reach the performance goals. HAI staff will mentor you through the process, suggesting next steps and helping to demystify the process.

HAI recognizes that protocols and practices designed for fixed-wing aviation are not always applicable to helicopter operations. In addition, the safety requirements and best practices of helicopter operators can vary from sector to sector. So we created the HMSS (Helicopter Mission-Specific Standards) to provide helicopter operators with safety standards that specifically address their operational environments.

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