Sonoma Aviation FBOs attain IS-BAH stage 3 accreditation

Left to Right: Sonoma Aviation’s Josh Foster, safety manager, and Clayton Lackey, vice president, present their IS-BAH Stage 3 certification

Sonoma Aviation has announced both Carlsbad Jet Centre (KCRQ) and Sonoma Jet Centre (KSTS) have achieved IS-BAH Stage 3 accreditation.

This prestigious recognition underscores Sonoma Aviation’s unwavering commitment to safety, professionalism and operational excellence at its California fixed base operations (FBOs).

Joshua Foster, Sonoma Aviation’s safety manager said: “We are incredibly proud of our team members at every level.

“Safety is our top priority and a core value. We’re very proud of the positive safety culture fostered and strengthened throughout this process.”

Josh Hochberg, CEO of Sonoma Aviation, said, “This is a significant milestone for our operations, demonstrating our consistent commitment to upholding the highest standards of safety and service.

“None of this would have been possible without the full engagement of every team member at the company.”

IS-BAH, the International Standard for Business Aviation Handling, is an industry code of best practices established by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

IS-BAH sets the standard for top-tier operational practices, further enhancing the stellar safety record already demonstrated by business aviation.

It provides guidance to FBOs in establishing and maintaining robust safety management systems (SMS) and operational programs, and fostering a performance-based and risk-averse culture.

This voluntary accreditation process included a rigorous in-person audit performed by MacPherson Aviation Audits.

Stage 3 certification is the program’s highest standard, marked by the full integration of safety management activities and the cultivation of a positive safety culture.

Only a handful of FBOs in the United States have achieved this status.

Hochberg said, “As a company that lives our values, it is especially meaningful to us to achieve the IS-BAH Stage 3 safety standard at Carlsbad Jet Centre and Sonoma Jet Centre mere days after our highly successful Green Fuel Day, which raised awareness of the availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Sonoma Jet Centre.”