A Hawaiian helicopter tour and fixed-wing charter and scheduled air service company has become the first in the U.S. to earn International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) accreditation. Schumann Aviation, which operates Makani Kai Helicopters and Makani Kai Air, earned the certification in October after a thorough audit by the standards organization. "The IS-BAO accreditation for Makani Kai is unique as it is the only company in the country, out of 478 operators so certified, with multiple types of flight operations, spanning air tour to airline, to achieve such a high safety rating," said Richard Schuman, president. "Although preparing for the safety audit was a lengthy and arduous process, this accreditation demonstrates that we value safety above all."
IS-BAO is a voluntary program established by the International Business Aviation Council a few years ago to foster a best-practices approach to safety within flight operations departments. To qualify, companies must institute a safety management system and undergo audits by IS-BAO inspectors. The operator's systems, processes, practices and documentation must meet standards that are based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) International Standards and Recommended Practices for the Operation of Aircraft.