Banyan FBO at Fort Lauderdale earns IS-BAH accreditation


FBO Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport has been awarded the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 1 accreditation.

The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) is a set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers that features at its core a safety management system (SMS).

“We are proud to be the first FBO at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport to earn this accreditation,” said Kenny Gibson, Banyan’s training manager. “Safety is very important to us at Banyan and the IS-BAH accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing industry best practices to our customers. We are very proud to have earned this accreditation.”

IS-BAH accreditation involved a complete audit of Banyan’s FBO processes and procedures for safety.

Banyan previously had a safety committee and documented procedures but needed to add more detail to meet the IS-BAH requirements. Gibson wrote a new line service manual and delegated team members a section of the process to cross reference the audit findings with the manual to ensure accuracy.

Jon Tonko, Banyan’s director of customer support said, “Kenny and his team have been working on this project for the past 18 months – reworking our manual, standard operating procedures and implementing best practices which was then audited over the course of 3 days. I am so proud of the team for all the extra effort while still serving our guests on a daily basis.”

Banyan Air Service is an award-winning full-service fixed base operation (FBO), with more than 1 million square feet of hangar and office space within an 85 acre aviation complex. The FBO provides fueling and ground support and is celebrating 40 years in business this year.

In addition, Banyan provides aircraft sales, heavy maintenance and interior modifications, turbine engine service, structural repairs, avionics installations and services, and aircraft part sales.

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