The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has issued its first International Standard for Business Aircraft Operators (IS-BAO) Remote Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) registration to Cartersville, Georgia-based Phoenix Air Unmanned, the group announced today. This RPAS component can be added by IS-BAO operators who have a remote-piloted aircraft in their fleet, as well as any stand-alone RPAS operators seeking IS-BAO registration.
IBAC’s RPAS standard option went into beta testing last year after a working group analysis by industry representatives and IS-BAO standards board members. The working group also addressed the RPAS concept of operations (ConOps) that is being drafted for inclusion into ICAO Annex 6.
Phoenix Air Unmanned is a sister company to Phoenix Air Group, an IS-BAO-registered charter aircraft operator with a fleet of 49 Gulfstream, Learjet, and Embraer business jets. “We have an outstanding team here at Phoenix Air, and we are committed to implementing best practices in unmanned flight,” said William Lovett, the managing director at Phoenix Air Unmanned.