Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, has been awarded Level 2 of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). Level 1, earned just 15 months ago, ensured Life Flight Network’s safety infrastructure was established and activities were appropriately targeted. Achieving IS-BAO Level 2 confirms safety risks are being effectively managed. Life Flight Network continues to pursue the safest possible operations in the industry and is actively working towards Level 3 which is the highest certification level awarded by IS-BAO. Continued advancement within IS-BAO is just one of many such measures Life Flight Network engages in to promote safe and professional operations.
The International Business Aviation Council introduced the IS-BAO program after recognizing the need for the business aviation community to take a lead role in fostering harmonization of operating procedures and requirements. IS-BAO’s fundamental purpose is to foster standardized, safe, and highly professional aircraft operations.
IS-BAO was amended in 2012 to facilitate implementation by helicopter operators. This was a joint effort between IBAC, Helicopter Association International (HAI), British Helicopter Association (BHA) and the European Helicopter Association (EHA). IS-BAO has become the global leader in safety standards for the business aviation operator community. It is a set of performance-based standards that uses a safety management system as its cornerstone, addressing operations, maintenance, training, and other related issues.
“We never stop analyzing our operations to find ways of conducting safer operations. Our employees, our patients, and the communities we serve are counting on us to do exactly that,” states Michael Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of Life Flight Network. Griffiths adds, “Continuing to develop our safety management system is part of our commitment to operating medically configured aircraft in the safest manner possible.”
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