Sat, Sep 20, 2008
First State-Run Flight Operations Dept. To Earn Rating
The Virginia Department of Aviation
tells ANN it has become the first state-operated flight operations
department to receive a certification known as the International
Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
IS-BAO began as a program in May 2002, and since that time only
120 flight operations departments in the business aircraft
community have been certified worldwide, according to the DOAV.
"For more than 40 years, the Commonwealth of Virginia has
provided world-class air transportation services for its Governors,
other elected officials, state agency directors and their staff,"
said Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer. "The Department of
Aviation has an extraordinary safety record. I am pleased that we
have received this certification and tremendously proud that we are
the first state in the nation to do so."
The parent of the IS-BAO effort is the International Business
Aviation Council, which developed it as a code of best practice for
the benefit of flight operations departments in the rapidly growing
business aviation sector. It serves as a benchmark of
professionalism and standardization for the conduct of flight
operations departments and addresses such items as SOPs, while at
the same time allowing an outside critique of strengths and
weaknesses of the flight department operations procedures.
Safety is the core of the effort, but not the only aspect for
review. Business practices, among others, are also examined. IS-BAO
gives the Department a known and true industry standard of safety
DOAV's Flight Operations and Safety Division employs six
full-time and four part-time pilots, two maintenance personnel, and
a flight coordinator. The state operates two Hawker Beechcraft King
Air 350 turbine executive aircraft, and one single-engine Cessna
206 to provided executive flight service to Virginia state
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