Wed, Jun 15, 2011
New Management Team Of Business Aviation Council Put In Place
The NBAA said Monday it welcomes an announcement from the
International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) regarding the
evolution of the International Standard for Business Aircraft
Operations (IS-BAO), the worldwide safety standard for business
aviation operations, and the new management team named to support
A task force of IBAC governing board, staff and member
executives has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the
structure and management processes for IS-BAO. The group worked
over the past year to complete the business model review needed to
meet the increasing demand for IS-BAO registration.
The IBAC task force endorsed many of the operating principles
first established in 2001, but it also recommended changes to the
management structure and revenue/cost models to enable the
sustained growth and value of the industry standard. The business
model study report can be found on the IBAC home page.
IBAC also announced the management team appointed to take the
program to the next level:
- James Cannon, a former NBAA Board member, has been named IS-BAO
program director, responsible to Director General Donald Spruston
for the overall management of the expanding program.
- Sonnie Bates has been appointed IS-BAO operations manager,
responsible for education and promotion and for managing a group of
specialists who present workshops around the world.
- John Sheehan remains in his position as audit manager,
responsible for all aspects of the certificate-of-registration
audit quality assurance.
- Paul Lessard remains as IS-BAO administrator, taking on
additional responsibilities related to an automated database
"Jim Cannon is a highly respected business aviation veteran who
brings a wealth of real-world expertise to the IBAC team, as well
as experience in numerous other industry leadership posts,
including NBAA's Board of Directors," said NBAA president and CEO
Ed Bolen. "Sonnie Bates has long been recognized for his ability to
strengthen an organization's focus on operations, safety,
management and other issues confronting today's flight operations.
Both Jim and Sonnie will be tremendous assets to the IS-BAO
IS-BAO was developed by the business aviation community,
including NBAA Members, so that the industry would have one
universally accepted global safety standard. Benefits of this
industry "code of best practices" include providing a single
worldwide audit standard and the promotion of internationally
harmonized safety rules. Additionally, IS-BAO-registered operators
increasingly receive insurance premium benefits due to the well
established safety management system (SMS) built into the
To date, more than 1,400 copies of the code of practice are in
circulation, and over 500 business aviation operators have obtained
an official certificate of registration verifying that they have
successfully implemented the IS-BAO safety requirements.
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