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Starspeed Achieves Stage II IS-BAO Accreditation

19/10/2016 11:38:00


  • The only UK commercial helicopter operating company to achieve Stage II Status.

Starspeed has been accredited with Stage II of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).

IS-BAO is internationally recognized and respected as the global standard in safety requirements for the business aviation operator community. It is a set of performance-based standards that uses the safety management system as its cornerstone, addressing operations, maintenance, training and other related issues.

Starspeed Ltd. is the only UK commercial helicopter operating company to achieve the advanced Stage II Status. The accreditation was confirmed this month following a visit from the auditors in August. Starspeed first achieved Stage I accreditation in 2014. 

Starspeed Director, Simon Mitchell said: “Starspeed has been committed to the goals of achieving the highest possible standards in safety management and helicopter operation.  So, it is with much pride that the Company’s efforts have been recognised with an elevated status to Stage II in the IS-BAO.”

He continued: “Our success comes down to our great team built up of well-motivated experts, working within an environment of transparency and trust;   but Starspeed will not relax for a moment, and remains committed to improving standards through technology and training at every opportunity it can see.”

Starspeed Ltd. is the largest privately-owned helicopter management, charter and training company in Europe. It presently manages 16 aircraft and is one of the oldest privately owned firms within the onshore market.

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Editors Note:

More about IS-BAO 

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) introduced the IS-BAO in 2002, following a two year development process which included input from over 100 operators’ best practices.  Its aim is to foster standardized, safe and highly professional aircraft operations. Since its launch, over 1,500 copies have been put in circulation and over 550 operators have obtained a Certificate of Registration verifying implementation.

IS-BAO was amended in 2012 to facilitate implementation by helicopter operators: A Task Force with specialty representation from around the world, including the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHST), reviewed the extensive material before recommending a set of changes.  The Project Steering Committee comprised of representatives of BHA, EHA, HAI and IBAC then proposed acceptance by the IS-BAO Standards Board, the responsible group of operator representatives with authority over the standards content.  The Standards Board approved the amendment of the standards in 2011, and directed the IS-BAO team to update the many related documents, including the Audit Procedures Manual. 

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