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Manny first IS-BAH in Mexico
4/10/2017 9:24:06 PM
Manny Aviation Services at Toluca International/MMTO, Mexico City, has become the first FBO in Mexico to achieve certification under the International Business Aviation Council’s (IBAC) International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH).
TAC Air Becomes First IS-BAH Registered FBO Chain
11/18/2016 4:31:39 PM
TAC Air, with 14 FBO locations across the USA, has becaom the first FBO chain to be issued with IS-BAH safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). IS-BAH is a set of global industry's best practices for business aviation ground handlers. 

"The International Business Aviation Council congratulates the entire TAC Air team in demonstrating such a strong commitment to building and maintaining a culture based on safety management and risk mitigation," said Terry Yeomans, IS-BAH Program Director for the IBAC.

IS-BAH accreditation involves a complete audit of an FBO's safety management systems, emergency procedures, organizational structure, administrative elements, security procedures, training protocols, and operating procedure.

"We'd rather be better than lucky," says Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP and COO.  "As we continue to grow our network, it becomes increasingly important to formalize our process for continuous improvement and build upon the safety culture already in place."  Sasfai adds, "We continue to make investments in building a strong customer service experience and one aspect of that is our commitment to a higher level of safety and risk management."

Certificates of registration are issued by IBAC to FBOs that have successfully demonstrated conformity to the industry's best practice standards through completion of a three-stage external audit by an IBAC accredited auditor.


EAN Aviation, Nigeria & Safety 1st
8/23/2016 12:41:28 PM
Press Release
23 August 2016


EAN Aviation becomes first African Safety 1st Qualified Location to appear on NATA Global FBO map.


EAN Aviation, the Lagos-based business aviation services company has become the first Safety 1st Qualified African location, to be listed on the US National Air Transportation Association’s, (NATA), Global FBO Map. Whilst the programme certifies individuals, not locations or companies, it established the Safety 1st Qualified location platform to recognise FBOs that consistently maintain their employee’s training status.

EAN currently has a total of 17 active students registered on the NATA training programmes. Leading by example CEO, Segun Demuren, has joined four of his colleagues in following a customer service module, whilst other employees are enrolled in Professional Line Service Training (PLST), and Health and Safety courses. EAN has been investing in NATA training since launch, and was initially recognized by NATA when the Safety 1st Qualification was awarded to thirteen of the operations team in 2013. A minimum of eight internal audits, and four external audits, are undertaken each year to verify that the safety and service levels are maintained.

The addition of EAN to NATA’s Global FBO map demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to putting safety first using the best practices and industry standards. NATA’s map was launched in April as part of a wider campaign to educate aircraft operators about the benefits of utilizing FBOs, and ground handlers, that are Safety 1st Qualified and/or IS-BAH registered.

For EAN the map listing gives credit to its continued focus on providing the highest levels of service to the industry. It also supports business development as it makes the FBO an attractive place to work, and inspires a culture of safety and security. Customers can also be confident that their aircraft, luggage, catering, and paperwork is being handled by internationally trained and qualified FBO personnel.

“I am extremely proud of my team and the way they have maintained their safety levels since the start. To be internationally recognised by one of the best associations in the world of general aviation means a lot to the company, our customers and the African business aviation community,” said Demuren.

EAN has also applied for IS-BAH status and hopes to become the second African location to appear on NATA’s Global FBO map with this certification. It already has all the necessary procedures, training and ongoing IS-BAH standards in place, and anticipates receiving certification with in the next six months.

Photo Caption: EAN Aviation's operations team proud to be the first African Safety 1st Qualified location on NATA's global FBO map.


Calvin L Carrithers Aviation Scholarship
4/26/2016 10:28:25 AM

We are very pleased to announce the opening for application submissions for the “Calvin L. Carrithers” Aviation Scholarship. This will be the third year offering this scholarship and we are ecstatic at how far we have come. The 2015-2016 student recipients were from University of North Dakota, Florida Institute of Technology and Eastern Kentucky University and diverse in each of their career pathways – two students were in a Professional Pilot program and two in Airport Management. is passionate about supporting the future of aviation. Any full-time student that is enrolled in an accredited College or University aviation program is encouraged to submit their application. The purpose of this email is in the hope that you will forward this to an exemplary student.
fATPL Looking For Next Step On The Commercial Flying Ladder
4/1/2016 2:14:13 PM
fATPL Looking For Next Step On The Commercial Flying Ladder
  • EASA FCL – Commercial Pilots Licence with a current ME-IR (SPA)
  • Flight Training completed in March 2013 at Atlantic Flight Training Academy, Cork, Ireland
  • MCC & JOC Certificates completed in May 2013 at CRM Aviation Europe, London
  • First Time Passes on both CPL & ME-IR Skills Tests in Piper PA34 Seneca II
  • ME-IR (SPA) recently renewed in a modern Diamond DA42 Twinstar
  • Over 100 Hours Garmin 1000 EFIS experience
  • Total Aircraft Time 275 Hours (plus 68 Hours Simulator)
  • 12 Years of Aviation Experience in various Ground-based Operational Roles
  • Aviation Ground Handling Training and career started with Servisair / Swissport
  • Professional Aviation Training, Commercial & Operational Experience at bmi British Midland
  • Corporate, Private Aviation and Operations Management Experience at Jet Assist
  • First language – English
  • Based UK, willing to relocate
ACI Apron Safety Handbook
12/30/2015 1:53:52 PM

ACI World launches first edition of the ACI Apron Safety Handbook
Dec 21, 2015

Montreal, 21 December 2015  -        Airports Council International (ACI) World’s Safety and Technical Standing Committee has announced the launch of the First Edition of the ACI Apron Safety Handbook. This indispensable resource brings together best practices in managing apron safety by drawing on the current expertise of airport operators around the world, and provides a comprehensive set of guidelines to enhance safety, improve operations and prevent or reduce accidents, incidents and occurrences on the apron.

With the growth in worldwide air traffic, apron operations have become increasingly complex. More and larger aircraft, changes in ground support equipment and faster turnaround times all contribute to the challenge of enhancing apron safety. The Apron Safety Handbook provides aerodrome operators with best practices on establishing a programme that covers all the major aspects of apron safety; offering safety best practices for planning and design; presents standard apron operations procedures and requirements; and gives recommendations for construction in apron areas and the maintenance of apron infrastructure.

The new Apron Safety Handbook is derived from Chapter 2 of the ACI Airside Safety Handbook (4th edition, 2010), which has been divided into three separate Handbooks: Runway Safety (published in 2014); Apron Safety; and SMS (in development). The expanded, standalone handbooks have been designed to give ACI members more robust safety guidance by offering more detailed information on each of the subjects.

Safety is our top priority at ACI, and the Apron Safety Handbook is an indispensable resource for airports looking to enhance safety on the apron, one of the most dynamic and demanding areas at the airport,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “With the pending publication of the SMS Handbook in early 2016 and the already released Runway Safety Handbook, airports will have three comprehensive reference manuals from which to draw, each containing the very latest in best practice guidance.

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