Agreement Signed This Week At ILA Berlin
Key figures from the helicopter and business aviation community
signed an agreement on the development and management of an IS-BAO
(Helicopter Edition) at the ILA Berlin Airshow 2010 Wednesday.
Motivated by a goal to improve the international helicopter
accident rate by 80%, the European Helicopter Association (EHA),
Helicopter Association International (HAI), British Helicopter
Association (BHA) and the International Business Aviation Council
(IBAC) have reached a formal agreement to develop a code of best
practices for helicopter operations based on the existing
International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO)
and to propose options for a verification audit program to achieve
an IS-BAO (Helicopter Edition) Certificate of Registration.
IS-BAO is a set of performance-based standards that use a safety
management system as its cornerstone and addresses operations,
maintenance, training and other related issues. The standards also
provide linkages to the regulations and recommended practices
specified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
and to national aviation regulations.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) introduced a
business aviation version of the IS-BAO program in 2002, with an
aim to foster standardized, safe and highly professional aircraft
operations. Since then, more than 1000 copies of the manual have
The signatory parties who came together for the signing of the
IS-BAO (HE) agreement were Helicopter Association
International President, Matt Zuccaro (also co-chair of the
International Helicopter Safety Team) and HAI Chairman Mark Gibson;
British Helicopter Association Chairman, Brian Humphries (also
President and CEO of the European Business Aviation Association
EBAA); and Chairman of the European Helicopter Association, Dr.
Ing. Vittorio Morassi. IBAC Director General, Don Spruston, signed
the agreement simultaneously from the Council's headquarters in
"IS-BAO is a code of best practice developed by the industry for
the benefit of the industry. It is our contribution to promoting
highly professional and safe operational practices," said British
Helicopter Association Chairman Brian Humphries. "IS-BAO has
already demonstrated its safety effectiveness and standardization
benefits in the business aviation sector, and we are confident that
it will achieve similar results for the global helicopter operating
community," added new European Helicopter Association Chairman Dr.
Ing. Vittorio Morassi.
"This historic safety initiative is in keeping with the goals of
HAI and our soon to be implemented Safety Accreditation Program, as
well as the International Helicopter Safety Team mission" stated
Helicopter Association International President, Matt Zuccaro,
adding that "while the core standards for the IS-BAO (HE)
will be unchanged from those created for the business aviation
community, contents of the helicopter version will uniquely include
a Helicopter Hazard Assessment and Operations Manual Templates for
Offshore, Onshore IFR & VFR, Special Ops and HEMS".
"This is one more major step in ensuring that the gold
safety standard is recognized around the world," said Donald
Spruston, IBAC Director General from Montreal where he is briefing
the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization on
Now that the agreement has been signed, a Steering Committee
will be formed, responsible for the development process, including
establishing policy as required. Furthermore a Working Group,
selected by members of the Steering Committee, will be charged with
developing the actual IS-BAO (HE). The IS-BAO Standards Board will
approve the contents.