Helisul Aviação completed the second stage of the IS-BAO certification, which establishes excellence requirements for the operation of executive aircraft. The company is the first in southern Brazil to receive this recognition, granted by the renowned international non-governmental organization IBAC (International Council of Executive Aviation).
This compliance is a non-regulatory international standard, i.e. not mandatory. It is a standard of excellence with requirements that go beyond the regulatory minimums established by the competent civil aviation authority to authorize operations. In the case of Brazil, the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac).
By going through one more stage in this process, Helisul is aligned with market recognition, as IBAC is a relevant international entity, assesses Helisul’s operational superintendent, Bruno Biesuz.
“We have a select group of customers who are looking for a higher level of quality and safety. With this certification, we fully meet the needs of these customers”, says the executive.
Another step completed
IS-BAO certification takes place in three stages. The first, initial and provisional, is valid for 24 months. It indicates that an appropriate Operational Safety Management System (OSMS) has been established. This seal was issued to Helisul by IBAC on December 22, 2021, but the company did not have to wait for the two years of validity to proceed to the next stage of certification.
This second stage is intermediate and can be maintained indefinitely, as long as it is renewed every two years. This stage indicates that security risks are being effectively managed by the airline.
According to Helisul’s operational safety manager (GSO), Salvador Coutinho, the company’s management team is highly involved in operating the operational safety management system. “The board is interested in security and invests heavily in continuous improvement of our system,” he says.
“Helisul, which already had its SMS well established, needed to adjust a series of procedures and policies to better meet the IS-BAO requirements. This exercise brought excellent improvements to the system.” says Salvador.
Next, following the gradual evolution established by IBAC, Helisul will seek the third and final stage of certification IS-BAO, more advanced and optional.