The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has recognized Joby Aviation as the first advanced air mobility (AAM) company to achieve the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operators (IS-BAO) registration, highlighting its commitment to safety. The company is aiming to certify and start operating its four-passenger eVTOL aircraft by 2025 and holds an FAA's Part 135 air operators certificate.
As the globally recognized voluntary safety standard, IS-BAO helps operators apply industry best practices by challenging them to review and compare their safety-related policies, processes, and procedures and then make improvements. Developed by the business aviation community, IS-BAO promotes high-quality operating practices by establishing a framework for effective safety and operational processes, providing tools for the implementation and delivery of safety management system (SMS) appropriate to all operational profiles.
“Achieving this milestone is an important step towards developing our operational muscle and we’re grateful to the team at IBAC for their leadership in this space,” said Bonnie Simi, head of operations and people at Joby Aviation.
Representing the interests of business aviation worldwide, IBAC is a non-profit, international trade association with official observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization. IBAC promotes and manages standards for best safety practices through its International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO); International Standard for Business Aviation Handling (IS-BAH); safety management tool kit; SMS e-learning training; and crew card. Recently introduced in partnership with CTX, the IBAC Carbon Credit Exchange provides the business aviation community with a reliable resource for real-time carbon offsetting, said the group.
“Joby Aviation is a leader in advanced air mobility,” said Kurt Edwards, IBAC director general. “We congratulate them on achieving Stage 1 IS-BAO and look forward to working with them and others in this evolving aviation segment to demonstrate excellence in safety and continuous improvement.”