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home | resources | events                                 Issue 32, Oct/November 2016
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It’s been a very active month and I am currently travelling through Europe, USA and the Middle East. Within these extensive travels I am attending conferences, presentations and working closely with our Industry Leaders, it also means a lot of flight time as we spread the news of BARS.

The regular Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting along with the Audit Review Meeting (ARM) are fast approaching. The TAC is made up of our Member Organizations and we discuss current program issues, review the contents of the Standard and seek lessons from events, incidents and accidents occurring in the resource and contract aviation sector. This November, the theme is “Helicopter External Load(EL)" events. We have seen of late an upswing in EL events/accidents and as the resource sector moves from the decline to a period of increasing exploration, it is very timely to review this area in preparation for upcoming expansion. There is a real risk that the external load operation skills and experience of the crew has declined due to low activity meaning we need to put extra effort into becoming ready for more EL operations.

For our member organizations, consider if the personnel are suitably trained (the Program has the Helicopter External Loads Operations course and the Aviation Coordinator course) and for our Aircraft Operators: are the crews trained and current for EL work in accordance with the BAR Standard?
 
The second element of these meetings is the Audit Review Meeting where the Program Office meets with our registered Audit Companies. Here we review program performance and new initiatives being rolled out. The most recent being flexible audit checklist management to provide auditors on site with a clear picture of an Operator’s status, and an audit company rotation policy.
 
I look forward to giving you a detailed report when I return to Australia.

David Anderson
Managing Director, BARS Program

8th Global Humanitarian Aviation Conference


David Anderson was invited to attend the 8th Global Humanitarian Aviation Conference (GHAC) and speak to the delegates on the BARS Program. The conference is run by the World Food Program (WFP) and  has a wide range of delegates and exhibitors ranging from the Aircraft Operators, manufacturers, leasing and finance companies, other aid organizations and NGOs.

Over two days, delegates heard about safety related matters such as human factors, protection of safety data, challenges for the regulatory authorities in countries receiving support a well as commercial aspects. As a cost efficient tool in the oversight of contract aviation operations, BARS plays an important role in supporting this work.
 
The Flight Safety Foundation and the World Food Program (WFP) have had a co-operative agreement for many years whereby the Foundation assists WFP with expertise in aviation safety related matters. Whether its a provision of specialist staff, advice, promotion of activities and of recent years, access to the BARS Program.
 
Thank you to the WFP for the opportunity to promote the BARS Program and demonstrate how BARS is more than an audit Program but a collaborative approach and data driven method of helping the Operators manage their risks.

See David's presentation and others from the GHAC.
G-HAC Presentations

New Website!!


With a lot of work and update of materials we can finally unveil the new Look of FSF and BARS with our Website. With more interaction, better images, videos, easy downloads and an better way to find our material, Find out what's going on and more with The BARS Program, Visit us at

 flightsafety.org/bars

 flightsafety.org 

 

A Record Month for AO's achieving BARS Gold


The last couple of months has seen, Heli SGI, Helifix Operations, Shine Aviation Services Cutter Flight Management, Airnorth, West Wind Aviation, Airfast, LC Peru and Fly Awesome all achieving Gold Status.

Congratulations to all the Operators for achieving BARS GOLD Registration whether its for the first time or as a continued achievement.Great Work by all!

IASS Dubai is fast approaching so don't miss out!


It is only weeks away but you can still register for the Flight Safety Foundation's IASS to be held in Dubai and hosted by Emirates Airlines. This will be the 69th IASS held by FSF with the first held back in 1947!
 
It has a great agenda and this year on day 2 we are having a parallel stream dedicated to specific maintenance and engineering subjects.

FSF IASS

Some of the BARS Member Organizations

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