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Pentastar Aviation Achieves IS-BAO Registration

Waterford, Mich. – Following an in-depth audit conducted by ARGUS International Incorporated IS-BAO accredited auditors in March, Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. has been notified of its achievement in compliance with the IS-BAO standard, and has qualified for IS-BAO Registration.

The IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations) is a standard created by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) to assist flight departments in providing aircraft operations in accordance with an internationally recognized quality system that goes beyond existing applicable national authority regulatory standards. The requirement to show evidence of a robust safety management system (SMS) is a key driving factor behind the IS-BAO registration process. Compliance with the IS-BAO standard, which is voluntary, demonstrates an organizational commitment to employ internationally recognized best practices and quality system standards. The IS-BAO standard is based on International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and industry best practices.

“I would like to congratulate Pentastar on their achievement of IS-BAO Registration,” said Don Spruston, Director General, International Business Aviation Council. “In achieving this registration milestone, Pentastar’s flight department has joined the expanding list of proactive flight departments around the world that have implemented the IS-BAO standard to manage the safety, security, regulatory compliance and quality of their operations.”

In addition, Pentastar has received renewal of its ARGUS Platinum Rating. This rating represents the highest level of ARGUS safety recognition. Pentastar Aviation is one of just 80 ARGUS Platinum rated operators.

“We are pleased that Pentastar has proactively taken advantage of the ARGUS Platinum/IS-BAO combo audit,” said Joe Moeggenberg, ARGUS President and CEO. “Pentastar clearly has demonstrated their unwavering dedication to safety and we commend them for that.” Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc.’s renewed ARGUS Platinum Rating and IS-BAO Registration qualification is evidence of the corporate culture of adherence to the highest safety standards.

“Employee and customer safety is the heart of our business,” said Rick Maloney, Pentastar’s President & CEO. “Registration under the IS-BAO standard is another means for us to monitor our daily performance and continuously enhance safety standards. We continuously strive to operate above and beyond approved best practices and international standards” Maloney said.

Many elements of the IS-BAO and ARGUS safety standards far exceed Federal regulatory requirements, further enhancing the breadth of Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc.’s internal quality and safety standards in relation to commercial aircraft operations. Both ARGUS and IBAC have recognized Pentastar’s efforts to operate under the highest safety standards.


IS-BAO is a code of best practice. It has been developed by the industry for the benefit of the industry. It is the industry’s contribution to promoting highly professional operational practices. IS-BAO is intended to build upon the excellent safety record already established by business aviation. IS-BAO is a voluntary standard. Companies that apply IS-BAO and subscribe to its amendment service have no obligation in respect to its implementation. Nevertheless, IBAC encourages widespread adoption of the standards as a contribution by a responsive industry towards the objective of highly professional and standardized flight operations worldwide.


ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is the industry leader in providing specialized aviation services to companies that manufacture, finance, operate, maintain, and market commercial and business aircraft, as well providing products and services to end-user consumers worldwide. ARGUS is the worldwide leader in performing on-site safety audits for corporate flight departments, charter operators, and commercial airlines. Founded in 1995, key ARGUS services include Charter Evaluation & Qualification (CHEQ) and CHEQPoint, technology consulting and software development, TRAQPak market intelligence data service, aircraft operating cost reports, market research, and aviation and travel consulting. ARGUS is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, with additional offices in Doylestown, PA, Denver, CO, and Columbus, OH.

About Pentastar Aviation

For more than 45 years, Pentastar Aviation has been a leader in the world of business aviation. Pentastar Aviation provides award-winning aircraft maintenance, aircraft management services, aviation advisors, avionics design/installation/repair and aircraft charter through Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. Pentastar’s repair station received Airframe Class 3 and 4 Ratings from the FAA in January 2009 and boasts one of the most expansive and well-equipped facilities in the nation. Pentastar’s world-class FBO provides exceptional customer service and amenities to regional, continental and global travelers.