IBAC: UPDATE Keeping Business Flying Around the World


Kurt Edwards

The month of October was filled with opportunities for IBAC to interact with the global business aviation community and high-level officials from regulators around the world.  We kicked off the month in Geneva at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit where we shared with the worldwide aviation community (airlines, manufacturers, airports, and air navigation service providers) the Business Aviation Guide to Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels.

In the middle of the month, IBAC participated in two critical events simultaneously: NBAA’s Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (BACE) and the ICAO 13th Air Navigation Conference.  At BACE we held a wide range of events on CORSIA, IS-BAH, and IS-BAO.  It was a pleasure to see participating operators, handlers, and auditors at the show and to get your feedback on the programmes.  At the Air Navigation Conference in Montreal, IBAC secured the recognition of national governments of the need to include in the global Standards-making process an evaluation of the likelihood of effective adoption by States of new requirements.  This is meant to fill a critical gap in the process, which, in the past, has tended to result in disadvantageous treatment of business aviation due to lack of State preparedness.

Last, IBAC attended in the Asia-Pacific Directors General Meeting in Nadi, Fiji.  The annual event is an excellent opportunity to interact with DGs from the fastest-growing aviation region in the world.  Thank you to Caspar Baum and AsBAA for supporting our presence at the meeting.

In November, IBAC will hold a special meeting of its Governing Board in Mexico City, where we are looking forward to meeting counterparts in the Mexican business aviation community and learning about the sector’s growth and opportunities in Mexico.  In addition, we will participate in the Philippines Safety Days sponsored by AsBAA in Manila, where we will discuss further safety cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authority.

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