ibac congratulates aerial firefighter innovator on safety standard achievement

July 19, 2018

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) recently acknowledged the Coulson Group for its accomplishment of Stage 1 registration with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO™), the industry standard for best safety practices.

“Coulson’s achievement once again demonstrates that our program is scalable and applicable to a variety of businesses and not dependent on the size or mission of the operation,” commented Bennet Walsh, IS-BAO Program Director. “We congratulate them on this accomplishment and are excited about their safety system being teamed with the IS-BAO. We are looking forward to the evolution of their safety culture.”

“Our team has been working hard for the past few years to get to this point and the IS-BAO achievement means a lot to everyone here at Coulson” said Britton Coulson, Vice President of Aviation. “Emergency response and aerial firefighting are high-risk operations and anything we can do to reduce these risks is beneficial to our business, and that is what IS-BAO is all about.”

Launched in 2002, the IS-BAO is a voluntary, global code of best safety practices for the business aviation industry designed by the business aviation industry. IS-BAO is built upon and consistent with the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization and has the Safety Management System (SMS) concept at its core. IS-BAO registered business aviation operators are located in 50 different countries and the Standard is recognized by several national regulatory authorities.

“We hear other operators in our industry refer to IS-BAO as only being beneficial for business aircraft operators, but we can say, with absolute certainty, that going through this process has not only helped us identify our risks, but it has made us better at what we do,” added Britton Coulson.