Press Release: First European IS-BAH Certification

For Immediate Release​


IBAC Congratulates Sky Valet, First European FBO to Meet Global Code of Best Safety Practice


Geneva, Switzerland, 20 May 2015 — The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) welcomed Sky Valet FBO as the first fixed-base operator (FBO) in Europe to meet the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS- BAH™), a global code of best safety practices.  IBAC Director General Kurt Edwards and National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President & CEO Thomas L. Hendricks jointly presented the certificate of registration to Joseph Azzaz, FBO Manager of Sky Valet FBO, Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, located at Cannes Mandelieu Airport, France, while at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.


“We congratulate the Sky Valet team in Cannes in achieving the IS-BAH™ certification, the first in Europe,” said Edwards. “By voluntarily choosing to adopt the IS-BAH™, Sky Valet take their safety excellence commitment beyond compliance, demonstrating to their customers and other stakeholders their systematic approach to mitigating risk and promoting safety.”


The IS-BAH™ is a global code of best practices for the FBO and business aviation handling agent (BAHA) community, created for the industry by the industry. It incorporates the safety management system (SMS) concept in all aspects of FBO/BAHA operations and is complementary with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) used by their operator clients.


Certificates of registration are issued by IBAC to FBOs and BAHAs that have successfully demonstrated conformity to the standard through completion of an external audit by an IBAC-accredited auditor.


The IS-BAH™ is a joint program between IBAC and NATA. It incorporates the NATA Safety 1st ground audit program and follows the long established structure of the IS-BAO program.


Interested organizations may go to the IBAC website,, or the NATA website, , for further information or contact their local business aviation association that is a member of IBAC.


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SKY VALET – The exclusive FBO brand of Cannes Mandelieu and Saint-Tropez airports, launched at EBACE 2014, is now present at Paris-Le Bourget as well as in 8 major Spanish airports (Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Majorca, Ibiza, Girona, La Coruña, Santiago de Compostela and Valencia).


IBAC represents the interests of business aviation worldwide. IBAC is a non-profit international trade association with permanent observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization, the UN Specialized Agency for aviation matters, in Montreal, Canada.