Flight operational test department gets Stage 2 certification


Gulfstream has stated that its Flight Operations Test organization has earned International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 2 certification.

“Gulfstream is one of the first original equipment manufacturers to have its flight operations test department obtain IS-BAO certification,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “We pursued this voluntary certification to validate our safety management system processes and best practices and to set a new standard in the business aviation industry.

This certification is significant as we begin two flight test programs for the all-new IS-BAO, developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC); it is a code of best practices that uses standardization and professionalism to enhance flight department safety. Gulfstream Flight Operations Test worked with IBAC auditors to adapt IS-BAO protocols of operational practices to effectively evaluate flight-test processes, which, by necessity, involve flights that are significantly different from those of a business aircraft operator.

IBAC auditors scrutinized the department’s standard operating, scheduling and dispatch procedures, and how they coordinate with the company’s more than 16 production and service facilities around the world.

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