The Joint Inspection Group (JIG), founded in the early 1970’s, is the world-leading organisation for the development of aviation fuel supply standards covering the entire supply chain for Aviation Fuels from refinery to wing-tip. Its Standards are followed by over 100-member organisations globally, operating at more than 2500 airports and supply & distribution locations in over 100 countries.
The excellence of the JIG Standards has been recognised through their endorsement by IATA and A4A, and through the joint publication with the Energy Institute of standards for the transportation and logistics of fuel to airports.
The strength of the JIG Standards is reinforced by a growing Compliance Programme that includes annual quality inspections, performed by qualified JIG Inspectors. This programme, “Inspected to JIG Standards (IJS)”, has grown from approximately 30 airports jointly inspected by the JIG founder-members during the 1970s, to over 500 major airports to-date, and plays a vital role in ensuring that refuelling quality and safety is maintained through these Standards.
The Compliance Programme is further supported by the “Inspect to JIG Standards” training course, designed to increase the available inspector resource and accompany new Inspectors during their first independent inspections. The success of this programme will ensure that most JIG locations will receive regular quality and standards inspections from qualified JIG Inspectors.
The membership of JIG has expanded considerably over the past 45 years as the number and variety of companies engaged in the aviation fuel supply market has grown. JIG’s members today include into-plane operators and service companies, storage and pipeline operators, standards organisations, as well as national and international oil and trading companies. They all share the same commitment to the highest possible standards and excellent operations that remains at the heart of JIG’s activities and actions.
JIG Members have access to:
- JIG Bulletins, Technical Information Documents and other JIG documentation
- A significant discount on the purchase of the JIG Standards
- JIG Inspection Tracking System (JITS)
- JIG Dashboard
- JIG training opportunities
- Manager and Inspector Workshops
- Twice-yearly Members’ Technical Forum that brings together global experts representing producers, suppliers and operators active within the aviation fuelling industry
- Participate in JIG committees and working groups, based on members’ votes
- Provide feedback on draft publications sent by JIG for stakeholder review (Bulletins, Standards)
- Raise queries to JIG or provide input for JIG’s consideration and possible inclusion into the Standards
If you are not a member, and wish to explore the benefits of JIG Membership, visit: www.jigonline.com/membership
The current JIG Standards, available in hard or electronic copy, as well as in licensed-form for larger organisations are:
- JIG 1 – Aviation Fuel Quality Control and Operating Standards for Into-Plane Fuelling Services
- JIG 2 – Aviation Fuel Quality Control and Operating Standards for Airport Depots
- JIG 4 – Aviation Fuel Quality Control and Operating Standards for Smaller Airports
- JIG HSSE Management System Standard
- EI/JIG 1530 – Quality assurance requirements for the manufacture, storage and distribution of aviation fuels to airports – Published in cooperation with the Energy Institute
The latest edition of JIG 1 & 2 is Issue 12, which was published in January 2016. JIG 4 Issue 3 was also published in January 2016. The next update to the JIG 1/2/4 Standards will be released in 2021. EI/JIG 1530 edition 1 published in October 2013 is currently in effect, with the 2nd edition due to be published in 2019. All JIG Standards are available in PDF and hard copy, via the website online shop here: www.jigonline.com/jig-products
Since the early 1970s, aviation fuel supply companies globally have increasingly shared the use of fuel storage tanks and fuelling systems to prevent unnecessary and expensive duplication and to save space, which is often at a premium. Driven by this trend, a small group of major oil companies formed the Joint Inspection Group (JIG) to coordinate inspections at joint venture locations. In 1973 JIG developed its first set of guidelines as the basis for these inspections, which evolved to become the JIG Standards – a set of internationally-agreed procedures for fuel handling at airports.
Today, these Standards are used and contributed to by a membership of over 100 companies, ensuring an ever-widening zone of influence for the Standards, as well as their applicability in diverse and varied operating environments. Thanks to its members, JIG and its Standards are genuinely world-class and applied globally.