Setting New Standards in Aviation Safety: Don Shinnamon's IBAC RPAS Auditor Accreditation

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In the world of aviation safety and standards, Don Shinnamon's recent accreditation as an IS-BAO RPAS Auditor is a significant milestone.

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has conferred this prestigious recognition on Don Shinnamon, Senior Advisor – Director of Audit Programs at USI. This achievement elevates the standards for aviation safety and further establishes USI as a trailblazing organization in the remotely piloted systems industry.

IBAC: A Global Aviation Safety Authority

IBAC is a globally recognized entity with a prominent seat at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) table. It is a driving force behind the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), the most esteemed set of best practices for safety standards in Business Aviation worldwide.

RPAS: An Essential Extension to "Business Aviation"

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) acknowledges Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) as a crucial and vital extension of "Business Aviation." This recognition underscores the increasing importance of UAS in the aviation industry.

First-Hand Experience: The Key to a Successful Aviation Audit

One of the pivotal elements in conducting a successful aviation audit is first-hand experience. Shinnamon brings a unique blend of expertise in Fixed Wing (FW), Rotor Wing (RW), and now RPAS operations. His comprehensive knowledge makes him a standout choice for RPAS audits.

Distinguished Safety Expertise

Shinnamon's recent accreditation as an RPAS Auditor by IBAC is a groundbreaking achievement. He now stands as one of five auditors globally with first-hand experience in RPAS operation audits, complementing his extensive knowledge in FW and RW operations experience.

This accreditation, effective until October 31st, 2025, is a testament to Shinnamon's commitment to maintaining the highest standards in aviation safety and his dedication to the industry's growth. We anticipate that this recognition will further enhance the safety and standards of Business Aviation worldwide.

For more details on the accreditation, please refer to the official accreditation details.

For press inquiries and further information, please contact:

Stephanie Holland
Director of Marketing & Communications at USI
(407) 499.2065

About USI
USI is the industry’s most widely recognized leader in flight safety solutions for individuals, academia and organizations focused on integrating and operating remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for civil or commercial purposes.


USI provides RPAS flight safety training and certification to operational standards based on the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety practices. With more than 300 instructors and over 20,000 USI Certifications awarded around the world, USI works with large commercial enterprises and nearly 500 schools in all 50 states.


USI is the global leader in commercial and academic RPAS training and certification, delivering the most highly regarded training program of its kind. Programs include the Small RPAS & Advanced Safety Certifications, Visual Line of Sight Systems Operations™ (VSO) and Professional Remote Operator™ (PRO) certifications and the USI Pipeline Program, a workforce development initiative.


USI’s training and certification programs are endorsed by major aviation insurance providers, widely utilized in current BVLOS operations, and implemented nationwide as a workforce pathway program from secondary or post-secondary to the career field to align skillsets to industry pay scales.


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