Hawker Beechcraft has achieved IS-BAO certification


Company becomes first aircraft OEM to achieve this certification

Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has announced that it has become the first
aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to receive full International
Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) certification for all of its
flight operations. HBC has been involved in an ongoing process to develop a
Safety Management System (SMS) specifically designed to meet the standards required
for IS-BAO registration for the past two years.

“Adopting IS-BAO standards is a voluntary
process designed to integrate all the best safety and operating procedures,”
said Ken Qualls, HBC vice president, Flight Operations. “Since we highly
recommend it for our customers, we felt it was a priority to pursue this
certification ourselves. This was a major undertaking for HBC due to the
diversity of our flight operations, including the number of different locations
where we base aircraft and flight personnel. We went to great lengths to
develop a framework for our SMS manual, safety risk profiles, risk assessments,
operational alerts and a database for use across all our flight departments. A
great deal of credit goes to all of our flight and support personnel for
completing this process.”