Understanding The IS-BAO Safety Audit

October 20, 2017, Michael Arnone

types of private planesWhen selecting a private jet charter, safety is certainly a key factor. Here at Avjet, safety is one of our biggest priorities for all types of private planes. We go above and beyond to secure the highest industry safety certifications so our valued customers feel cared for. IS-BAO registration is among these qualifications. The following is what you should know about this safety standard.

What is the IS-BAO?
The International Business Aviation Council provides a code of best practice for aviation companies around the world. This is called the International Standard For Business Aircraft Operations or IS-BAO. Focused on safe and professional operations, an IS-BAO label is certainly something to strive for. When a company is IS-BAO registered, they demonstrate some of the highest safety standards in the world.

What is involved in the safety audit?
For a company to register with the IS-BAO, they must pass a rigorous safety audit. A registered auditor performs these inspections every two years to ensure continued compliance with the latest safety standards. The factors considered in the audit include, but are not limited to, issues such as:

  • Standard operating procedures
  • Training programs
  • Organization and personnel
  • Emergency planning
  • Environmental management
  • Flight operations

If a company meets these standards of best practices, among others, they can increase their changes of registering with the organization. Avjet is one of just over 200 air charter operators internationally that have met these rigorous standards.

What are the stages of SMS development?
In addition to the initial audit, there are several levels of Safety Management System (SMS) compliance. Compliance with these standards ensures that the aviation company is maturing over time, improving their commitment to customer and crew safety.

  • Stage I: Compliance with Stage I SMS ensures that the organization has established SMS structures and is targeting safety management activities.
  • Stage II: The next stage of compliance shows that the organization is effectively managing safety risks.
  • Stage III: The final stage shows that the organization has fully integrated these safety activities and employees are maintaining a positive safety culture.
    With 11,261 private jets registered in the United States as of 2011, there needs to be some standard to hold companies accountable. And this registration has remained effective for all types of private planes. Avjet’s IS-BAO registration means that our private aircraft customers can trust our commitment to safety. To learn more about the IS-BAO, we encourage you to visit IBAC website You can also contact us for more information about our safety standards.

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