• Enhanced Operational Safety
  • Improved Efficiency
  • Reduced Insurance Rates

Achieving the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) registration includes many benefits to both small and large operators.


IBAC Recognized Benefits
The issuer of IS-BAO registration, the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), identifies the following IS-BAO registration benefits:
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    • Enhance operational safety through predictive and proactive methods
    • Improve safety culture with implementation via teams
    • Improve efficiency and effectiveness through an integrated Safety Management System (SMS)
    • Enhance ability to measure safety performance
    • Increase executive level appreciation of aircraft operations
    • Reduced rates / enhanced support from insurance providers (see USAIG and Global)

Business Aviation Recognized Benefits
IS-BAO registration is also recognized throughout the business aviation industry as beneficial:
    • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aviation Safety Plan encourages participation in programs such as IS-BAO
    • Recognized by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) European Committee for Standardization (CEN) as an Industry Code of Practice in 2009
    • Operators can meet EASA Part non-commercial operations (NCC) requirements with IS-BAO

What’s Involved

IS-BAO registration requires that your flight department is compliant in the following areas:

  • SMS requirements
  • Organization and personnel
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Training programs
  • Flight operations
  • Operations in international airspace
  • Aircraft equipment requirements
  • Aircraft maintenance requirements
  • Company operations manual
  • Emergency response plan
  • Environmental management
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Transportation of dangerous goods
  • Security


How We Can Help

If your organization has already started on the path toward IS-BAO registration or are simply considering the possibility, Kirkland Aero Group can help. We are prepared to provide:

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    A Free Consultation

    We will discuss the overall process and your current flight department status.

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    A Gap Analysis

    A gap analysis is an economical and efficient option that serves as a pre-audit. In the Gap Analysis, we will compare your manuals and processes to the IS-BAO standards to reveal any areas of non-compliance. Many departments are closer to certification than they may realize, and we may be able to assist in your achievement of the certification with a few minor action items.

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    Preparation for the IS-BAO Registration Audit

    We will help you prepare for the audit so you can achieve registration.

Why Choose Kirkland Aero Group for IS-BAO Implementation


“I have been in the business aviation industry for decades and am passionate about elevating the standards within. Clients appreciate both my many years of experience and commitment to ongoing education within the field.”
–Eddie Kirkland

  • Eddie Kirkland of Kirkland Aero Group is an accredited IS-BAO auditor with extensive corporate aviation experience. He has the authority to review both small and large operators. In order to meet the needs of individual operators and corporate flight departments, he routinely partners with other IS-BAO auditors who have complementary expertise.

    Meet Eddie
  • 35+ Years Business Experience
  • 30+ Years Aviation Knowledge
  • Accredited IS-BAO Auditors
  • Certified Aviation Manager

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    IS-BAO Auditor

    Accredited by (IBAC) International Business Aviation Council

  • Certified Aviation Manager

    Completed the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program

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    Aviation Risk Management Certificate

    Completed the Aviation Risk Management Certificate program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


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    Active Corporate Contract Pilot

    Working with operators ranging from large, multi aircraft corporate flight departments to individual operators of business aircraft; experience in Part 91, 121 and 135 operations

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    Airline Experience

    As a former captain, training department instructor (within a Part 121 and 135 training department) and line check airman

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    Business Management Experience

    Including, but not limited to, budgeting, planning, accounting, purchasing, hiring and staffing