IS-BAO: International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations
IS-BAO, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations, developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and its member associations, is a recommended code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. IS-BAO is an industry standard built for operators, by operators that provides standards based on the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS). Both the FAA and Transport Canada recognize IS-BAO as meeting the ICAO standard. The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) also recognizes IS-BAO as an industry standard for business aircraft operations.
APS Leadership in UPRT Safety: First IS-BAO Registered Provider
IS-BAO Registered UPRT provider APS, Aviation Performance Solutions, is proud to be both the first IS-BAO registered Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) provider in the world and also the first IS-BAO registered FAA Part 141 Flight School in the United States. APS Headquarters in Arizona was third-party audited and officially achieved Stage 1 IS-BAO registration on October 1, 2013. In October 2015, APS Texas and APS Europe were third-party achieving Stage 1 IS-BAO registration.
Safety Management Systems
Compliance with IS-BAO constitutes a Safety Management System (SMS); a protocol that seeks more than just regulatory compliance, but a philosophy of identifying all relevant hazards and mitigating identified risks to the greatest extent possible. By subscribing to the same high operational standards as our corporate and airline customers, APS demonstrates its dedication to professionalism and safety.
ICAO Standards for UPRT
In its “Manual on Aeroplane Upset Prevention and Recovery Training”, Document 10011, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recognizes the importance of having a SMS in the following sections:
- 18.104.22.168 There are several other avenues available to reduce risks associated with the manoeuvring requirements inherent in on-aeroplane UPRT. For instance, Air Training Organizations (ATOs) should also develop and enforce strict operational control procedures involving appropriate training airspace areas, minimum dispatch and weather conditions, and adherence to minimum safe altitudes. However, the most important factor affecting safety in the conduct of UPRT is a competent instructor qualified for the delivery of on-aeroplane UPRT who operates within a well-structured safety management system (SMS) environment.
- 22.214.171.124 It is important for the Licensing Authority and ATOs to realize and understand the applicability of SMS for ATOs: the requirement to adopt SMS practices is intended to be restricted to only those training entities whose activities directly impact upon the safe operation of aircraft.
- 126.96.36.199 Combined with well-structured QA policies and procedures, an ATO’s SMS programme should effectively mitigate any increased risk levels associated with conducting on-aeroplane UPRT.
- Section 6.3 of Document 10011 is titled “Training Risk Mitigation”, and under the heading of “UPRT-related risks”, it states:
- 6.3.1 As part of its oversight responsibilities, the CAA should ensure that the training organization has a risk mitigation policy and procedures incorporated into its QA programme as well as an effective SMS programme whenever conducting on-aeroplane UPRT.
- Under section 6.4, “QA and SMS Evaluations”, it says:
6.4.2 The approval process for UPRT should include a re-evaluation of the ATO’s documented policies, processes and procedures, to confirm that the ATO has a well-articulated and developed Quality Assurance (QA) and, when applicable, SMS processes to deliver a high quality programme.
Guidance and Best Practices from IATA
For its part, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) devotes an entire Chapter to the subject of the application of SMSs for UPRT delivery in Section 13 of its Guidance Material and Best Practices for the Implementation of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, titled “The Safety Management System (SMS) and UPRT Implementation and Evaluation”.
It states that,
- “The operator‘s Safety Management System should be utilized to support the implementation of UPRT and the evaluation of the training program.”, and
- … goes on to say that “The operator should use its SMS to ensure that the training program itself, or its implementation, will not introduce additional risks or that additional risks are properly mitigated.”
It is clear that to provide the highest margins of safety and professionalism, the SMS approach encompassed by IS-BAO certification represents the highest standard in place today. APS certification under the IS-BAO standard exemplifies our approach towards providing the most effective UPRT solutions to mitigate the threat of LOC-I worldwide.