The Queensland section of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has achieved the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 2, making it the only IS-BAO registered dedicated aeromedical provider in Australia – and one of only a handful in Southeast Asia.
The accreditation, which is managed by the International Business Aviation Council (BAC), is only awarded to an operator following an independent audit that examines all areas of business operations – the award is designed to help flight departments and operators achieve the highest level of safety and professionalism.
Shane Lawrey, Head of Flying Operations for the RFDS in Queensland, said: “A significant amount of work has gone into this achievement and we are now seeing the dividends of our efforts. The journey isn’t finished yet, as we are working towards Stage 3 accreditation in the next two-year audit cycle.”
“The IS-BAO really is the gold standard in terms of safety and professionalism for aviation organisations like ours,” said Meredith Staib, the RFDS’ Queensland section CEO. “This recognition is testament to the hard work and dedication of all of the RFDS Queensland Section’s aviators.”
Lawrey added: “It is truly a privilege to be part of an organisation, working with great, likeminded people that strive to deliver excellence in the aeromedical and primary healthcare space. Not to mention being able to contribute to the longevity and future-proofing of a 90-year-old Australian icon.”