Gama Aviation has received the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) accreditation at its Middle Eastern regional headquarters in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company has already achieved accreditation from IBAC for aircraft handling (IS-BAH) in the Middle East.
Richard Lineveldt, Gama Aviation’s general manager at Sharjah, commented, “The implementation of IS-BAO was the next step in the development of our regional safety, quality and operations management structures, which have been in place since the award of our UAE AOC in 2010. It was an excellent way to benchmark not only our existing commercial operations but also the privately managed flights which we tend to oversee in line with commercial operations best standards. We embarked on the registration application in December 2015, completed the audit in January and received approval in February.
“This verifies that our operation, and in particular the safety management system, was already functioning at an optimal level and has also provided valuable insight into areas where we can strive for further performance improvement. I wish to congratulate the entire team at Gama Aviation FZE on this achievement and thank them as well as our auditor and IBAC for their support throughout the process. This accreditation underpins our drive toward achieving the highest operational and safety standards possible.”
This accreditation follows an announcement earlier this year that Gama Aviation had been given formal approval to expand its operations at Sharjah International Airport with the building of a new business aviation facility. The facility is designed to meet the needs of the Middle East business aviation market which is expected to grow by 7% a year between now and 2024.