Founded in 1981, the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is a non-profit, international trade association with permanent observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations Specialized Agency for aviation matters in Montreal, Canada. IBAC represents business aviation associations around the globe—and therefore operators and the industry broadly—to ensure global aviation standards developed at ICAO reflect business aviation needs.

ICAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). Its mission is to manage the administration and governance of the Chicago Convention, which, in 1944, laid out the global international aviation framework. At ICAO, 192 Member States and 46 non-governmental organizations work together to develop international Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) that promote a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable, and environmentally responsible international aviation industry. In turn, States apply the SARPs in national law or regulations to ensure that their respective operators and national systems meet internationally agreed standards.

Co-located at the ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada, IBAC provides expert advocacy and expertise on behalf of the global business aviation community by participating in various ICAO bodies whose work affects business aviation. Where our national and regional business aviation association members work effectively in national and regional capitals, IBAC advocates at the global level—at ICAO—on behalf of the worldwide business aviation community.