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The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) is a set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers, which features at its core a safety management system (SMS). IS-BAH follows the structure of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Program and incorporates the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Program. IS-BAH is the global industry standard for handlers and operators around the world to meet the coming SMS requirements from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).


IS-BAH offers Fixed Based Operators (FBO) and Business Aircraft Handling Agents (BAHA) a scalable, industry-developed code of best practice centered around Safety Management System (SMS) principles adopted by ICAO and other operations-critical industries. Conforming to these standards and recommended practices is voluntary.

Based in Montreal, IBAC is a non-profit organization led by the Director General, Kurt Edwards, and assisted by a staff of experienced specialty managers. 

IBAC provides a single powerful voice for business aviation and employs expertise to:

  • Represent business aviation as the industry’s official observer organization at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), 

  • Ensure global aviation standards reflect business aviation’s needs

  • Promote business aviation safety and efficiency through use of international standards, industry best practices, and products created for the industry, 

  • Provide policy advice, with member associations, on best practices and policies to facilitate business aviation growth in international markets.

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