EBAA Launches S.T.A.R.S Working Groups

EBAA Launches S.T.A.R.S Working Groups

29-Sep-2020 Source: EBAA

Furthering its commitment to help business aircraft operators and companies take substantial action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has launched two working groups tasked with defining guidelines for the sector’s bold initiative S.T.A.R.S. – Standards & Training for Aviation Responsibility and Sustainability.

Originally conceived by a group of young Business aviation professionals across Europe, and wholly supported by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the S.T.A.R.S. programme is a three-tiered set of standards and resources, which permits even the smallest of business aircraft operators and companies to receive accreditation for complying with progressive social and environmental best practices.

“The road to recovery from COVID-19 can and should happen in a sustainable way across all industries,” says EBAA Secretary-General Athar Husain Khan. “For Business aviation, S.T.A.R.S. aims to provide the guidance and resources to do so. We anticipate having the standards and the accompanying label ready to launch in early 2021.”

“Business aviation has always been a forward-thinking, self-regulating industry. It has long established global, voluntary safety standards to ensure safe operations in the air and on the ground,” adds Kurt Edwards, IBAC Secretary General. “The social and environmental guidance from S.T.A.R.S. will give operators, FBOs, ground handlers, maintenance providers, brokers, and the other businesses along the value chain a clear path towards further contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

The two EBAA working groups comprise individuals from major business aviation companies. They will develop the environmental and social standards, respectively. Once finalised, the standards will be integrated in the existing International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). They will also be available standalone for organisations that do not operate aircraft or provide ground services as part of their activities.

Employees from these companies and organisations are participating in the working groups:


Air Service Basel





Griffon Aero



Bombardier Aviation


KS Consulting & DS Obi Aviation


CAT Aviation

Hunt & Palmer PLC



FAI Aviation Group

Jacobs Engineering

Textron Aviation


Fly Green Alliance 

Jet Solidaire

Time to Fly


GearUp Media Ltd


The Air Law Firm




Web Manuals

More information about S.T.A.R.S. can be found here.
Taunya Renson-Martin, EBAA Strategic Comms Advisor, +32 475 604 096, stratcomm@ebaa.org  

Marj Rose, IBAC Communications, +001 214-862-8992, comms@ibac.org

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