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.