Constellation Aviation Services LLC achieves IS-BAO Stage 2 certification

Constellation Aviation Services is proud to announce that it has earned IS-BAO Stage 2 certification, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to its Safety Management System (SMS). Certificates of registration are issued by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) to airlines that have demonstrated compliance through successful completion of an IBAC accredited audit.

IS-BAO created the stages of SMS development to ensure programme maintenance and progress. Stage 1 certification is achieved when the operator’s SMS has been documented, approved and resourced. Stage 2 certification is granted to those operators whose SMS is functioning with the results being actively measured. Less than 20% of all operators globally have achieved Stage 2 status.

Elliott Webb, Accountable Manager and CEO says, “Achieving this prestigious IS-BAO certification puts Constellation Aviation Services in an elite category among world air carriers who have a mature Safety Management System. It is truly a testament to our high level of expertise and exemplary safety record. We are one of only five operators in the UAE to receive IS-BAO certification and only two of which have Stage 2 certification.

Constellation Aviation Services LLC receives United Arab Emirates Air Operators Certificate (AOC)

Having received its security clearance in October 2014, Constellation Aviation Services proceeded to recruit the remaining Post Holders required for AOC application.  Stephen McAteer was recruited as Head of Maintenance and Engineering to help restructure the maintenance department and bring CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization) in house, whilst at the same time setting up the UAE AMO (Approved Maintenance Organization).

The official pre-application meeting with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority took place on 4th February 2015. Nine months later, during the Dubai Air Show, Constellation Aviation Services was awarded its UAE AOC. During this time, the company secured a larger facility at its main base of operations in Dubai World Centre.

The Post Holder team was completed with the recruitment of Daniel Sullivan, as Head of Quality. The company’s Airbus 318 was transferred onto the UAE registration as A6-CAS following a C-Check in Toulouse. The GCAA joined the aircraft in Toulouse and accompanied the team to Dubai on a proving flight to award the AOC on the 11th November 2015.