Did you miss BACE? Here is what we found interesting

During NBAA-BACE last month, the AviationManuals team had the opportunity to meet clients and industry colleagues, attend educational sessions, and present to attendees with the FAA and Honeywell. Here are some takeaways from the event that our team thought was important. 

LOA Streamline Process  

There was a lot of interest at the event about the new FAA LOA Streamline Process that launched earlier this year. The simplified application process for Part 91 operators with new aircraft uses FAA-issued statements of compliance (SOC), which indicate the FAA has previously reviewed and approved the applicable documentation from the holding vendor. As a result, inspectors can approve LOA applications without a full review of all documentation, thereby shortening approval time from months to weeks.  

Workforce Challenges 

Workforce challenges were another main discussion point during BACE this year. From ground personnel to pilots, the whole industry is facing a shortage and is trying to navigate the best way to recover. As flight departments experience personnel changes, utilizing procedures manuals to ensure smooth transitions and SMS to monitor risks associated with change is more important than ever. 

Our CEO, Mark Baier, talked about the subject with Fast Company in the summer. Learn more here: Why is there an airline pilot shortage?

In addition, mental health was a newer topic that we were glad to see being discussed. We hope that sessions covering mental health and strategies to support employees’ overall wellness continue.  

SMS Challenges  

A subject in the show’s past editions, the SMS challenge continued to be a hot topic this year. With the expectation that the FAA will soon make it mandatory for Part 135 and SMS being on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List, operators had many questions about it. After working with hundreds of operators, we’ve created a practical SMS Guide to help you implement or improve SMS within your own department.


Another relevant talking point was sustainability. During the Newsmakers breakfast, Boeing Chief Strategy Officer Marc Allen answered questions about how to move forward in a more sustainable way and discussed the idea of “zero-impact over zero-emissions.” There were also sessions about Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), climate risk, and the importance of environmental sustainability for the business aviation industry 

What we were up to 

Our team had packed schedules for the event showing the industry the upcoming features and integrations for ARCrisk and working with the FAA and Honeywell to speak about the latest updates operators need to know for international travel and how to navigate ramp inspections. 

Did we miss you at the show? We would love to meet, answer any questions you have, and understand how we can assist you further.  

Telephone: +1 (240) 546-4030
Email: info@aviationmanuals.com 

Partnerships and Integrations Bring Improved Safety and Compliance Services

AviationManuals has partnered with industry leaders and aviation authorities to streamline your safety and compliance experience with access to additional services, features, and reduced processing times for approvals.

As part of our mission to provide operators with the only integrated approach for SMS, compliance, and procedures all in one platform we have developed strong working relationships, partnerships, and integrations with numerous support service vendors including flight planning services, avionics manufacturers, and maintenance facilities. All of these will allow us to better serve clients by offering reduced operator workload, easier reviews, and minimal aircraft downtime.

Partnerships and Integrations include:

  • Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA)
  • ARINCDirect / Collins Aerospace
  • Universal UVGo
  • Scott IPC
  • Starr Insurance Companies
  • Isle of Man Aircraft Registry (IOMAR)

Check out our Partnerships and Integrations page for a full list of details.

These established partnerships are just one more way we extend industry knowledge and convenience to our customers. Our team is continuing to work on the development of key partnerships and integrations so that we can introduce even more improvements to work flows and special services and events.

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If you are a business aviation flight department, FBO, or commercial drone operation that needs a better way to do business, let’s talk!

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AviationManuals Earns IS-BAH PSA Recognition

AviationManuals broadens its long-standing relationship with IBAC by expanding support for FBOs seeking IS-BAH certification.  

ROCKVILLE, MD, August 23, 2022 – AviationManuals, the leading provider of procedure development services and Safety Management System (SMS) software, has received IS-BAH (International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling) PSA (Programme Support Affiliate) recognition. By becoming a PSA, AviationManuals has expanded its support solutions for FBOs to include those who wish to meet the IS-BAH standard or seek IS-BAH certification.

“FBOs are busy managing their own businesses and may have limited resources for figuring out SMS on their own,” said Mark Baier, CEO of AviationManuals. “ Many operators can benefit from our assistance to get them prepared for IS-BAH certification,” Baier said.

“While we have always helped FBOs with compliance and safety, we can now also support operators as a recognized PSA with IBAC,” said Kevin Honan, Senior Operations Advisor at AviationManuals. “We can assist FBOs in understanding, complying with, and maintaining the standards of the IS-BAH Program.”

Developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) in 2014, the IS-BAH standard uses SMS to help FBOs manage workplace safety and prevent aircraft handling incidents and workplace injuries.

“IS-BAH certification is quickly becoming a popular way for FBOs to demonstrate their quality and professionalism,” continued Baier. “We want to support our clients looking to achieve this endorsement by providing them with our years of extensive operational support and SMS experience.”

About AviationManuals: Founded in 1996 AviationManuals’ philosophy is to make operations manuals and Safety Management Systems (SMS) accessible to every business aviation flight department, FBO and commercial drone operation. Headquartered in the Washington DC metro area, they support over 4,500 operators worldwide and are the leading provider of manual development services and Safety Management System (SMS) software for business aviation flight departments, aircraft management companies, and independent owner / operators around the globe. For more information visit www.aviationmanuals.com 

Updated EU Ramp Inspection Program (SAFA) Service Offerings

Our popular SAFA Inspection Manual Service has been updated to conform with the latest guidance released by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). As the Ramp Inspection Program expands, more operators are concerned about being prepared for an inspection, leading to an increase in customers getting SAFA Inspection Manuals. In the first half of 2022 we prepared almost the same number of SAFA Inspection Manuals as we did in all of 2021.


The updated Ramp Inspection Manual (RIM) Issue 3.0 from EASA does not require you to make changes to your flight department operations. Rather, it expands the guidance for inspectors performing checks clarifying differences for general aviation operators vs commercial. Additionally, the revisions give more information about items to be reviewed and pre-described findings.

Staying up to date is a vital part of safety. We have incorporated these changes, which in this case, will benefit both operators and inspectors in ensuring ramp checks continue to go smoothly.

EU Ramp Inspection Program

The program is utilized inside and outside of the EU and regulates the SAFA and SACA Inspections performed on aircraft to help facilitate safety and compliance. This includes checks on items such as pilot licenses, procedures, safety equipment, and aircraft condition.

These inspections may be performed in any EU Member State. They may also be initiated in non-EU Member States that are participating in the program, including Canada, Singapore, and most recently Brazil.

Ramp inspectors may check a list of over 50 items. Having an easy-to-navigate digital “binder” that address each item with evidence makes it quick to identify and locate compliance items. Additionally, it can help you to identify any areas of non-compliance prior to traveling to a participating State.

Interested in our SAFA Inspection Manual service? Request a quote.