LONDON, Aug. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Universal Aviation UK, based at London-Stansted International Airport (EGSS) has passed an International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) audit and is now an official IS-BAH accredited location. Universal Aviation, the ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., has more than 40 locations in 20 countries.

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“This is an extremely proud day for Universal Aviation, and is official recognition of our efforts is reducing our clients’ operating risk and stress when on the ground,” explained Sean Raftery, Managing Director, Universal Aviation UK and Ireland. “Our Universal Aviation Safety Team is committed to having the highest global safety standards and has worked tirelessly over the past two years to attain this mark of distinction for our location.”

The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) is a set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers, which features at its core a safety management system (SMS). The IS-BAH follows the structure of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Program and incorporates the NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Program. IS-BAH is the global industry standard for handlers and operators around the world to meet the coming SMS requirements from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Universal Aviation Singapore is currently going through the IS-BAH accreditation process and more locations are scheduled in the coming year.

“Universal Aviation UK is the first of our locations to earn IS-BAH accreditation, but will not be the last, as we are fully committed to reaching this level of distinction at all of our locations,” explained Charlie Mularski, Vice President, International, Universal®. “Over the next year, five more Universal Aviation ground support locations will be going through IS-BAH audits, starting with Universal Aviation Singapore. Our clients’ mission success is our highest priority and that means being committed to not just meeting but exceeding the industry’s best practices for business aviation ground handlers.”

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