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home | resources | events                                 Issue 31, 26 September 2016
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The Foundation via the BARS Program Office recently presented at the Papua New Guinea CASA annual Aviation Safety conference and the Indonesian Business and Charter Aviation Summit (IBCAS 2016). With the BARS Program having 9 operators and 10 operators respectively in these two countries, we play a significant part in the aviation safety and oversight environment. The Program now has over 400 audits completed and we are now in a position where there are trends emerging in the data from the Audits. This can be distilled to useful material on a country by country basis.

The BARS Program has a critical key component in the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which is made up of the representatives from the BARS Member Organizations (BMO's). It was this committee who tasked the BARS Program Office to develop the RPAS/UAV Standard as many of these BMOs have Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems(RPAS) in use across their operations. Whilst the likelihood of a fatal accident is lower than that of a manned flight, the material risk is still significant meaning an industry based standard is critically important in managing this risk.

Throughout the year we have had the first version out for industry comment as a draft. Our Audit Companies and Auditors, BMOs, industry experts,manufacturers, RPAS Operators and other industry operators all provided valuable input. Just like the other Standards in the BARS suite, this is a risk based bow tie standard. We looked at the risks these type of operations posed, then developed the controls and defences to directly address those risks. I believe this involvement with RPAS is a seminal step for the Foundation and the role we play in aviation safety. The exponential growth in the RPAS/UAV sector poses its own challenges in identifying and managing this specific risk. Some of the risks are similar to those the traditional aviation sector have dealt with in the 100+ years of manned flight but there are also many risks and safety issues unique to the remotely piloted systems. The BARS for RPAS Standard is valid for all sizes of vehicles both within and beyond visual line of sight operations.

The BARS for RPAS Standard will provide our BMOs a single Standard to ensure consistent and safe operations for RPAS/UAV operations anywhere in the world. With many regulatory authorities having none or draft versions of regulatory standards on RPAS, the BARS RPAS Standard will fill the gap in many places.

We are always open for comment and input to our Standards so if you have feedback please contact us.

David Anderson
Managing Director, BARS Program

Safety in Helicopter External Loads

Earlier in October an incident report from an Australian workplace safety department was released describing how a rigger had a limb caught in the tag lines during a helicopter lifting operation. He was bodily lifted into the air before becoming untangled and falling 10 meters to the ground and injuring his back. Two of the contributory causes were a lack of training for the riggers and a lack of a risk assessment prior to the activity being commenced.

The BAR Standard Appendix 4 covers Threats, Controls and Defences associated with External Load Operations. The report provides a timely reminder of the necessity of ensuring all personnel involved in external load activities are trained and briefed before commencing the work. Before your next external load campaign, review the training needs (initial or recurrent training) and contact our office if you need the HELO or AVCO training.


Thanks for helping us achieve 400 Audits

The BARS Program has completed 400 audits and we achieved this milestone last month. You may have seen the press release and media attention as this is a milestone we are very proud of. 

The great work from the Audit Companies, and their Auditors, active participation from the 35 BMOs involved over the years and the participation and effort from the 140+ Operators have assisted the Program to this point.
Congratulations to Airfast Indonesia also for being our 400th Audit!

BARS In the news:

The 23rd BARS Auditor Accreditation Course 

The 23rd BARS Auditor Accreditation course for 2016 is scheduled for London on 21-23 November. We are getting close to the close of registration for this course so if this is of interest to you or your organization, please contact our office soon to reserve a place.

The course is designed for the purpose of providing a qualified and experienced aviation Lead Auditor the knowledge to conduct a BARS Audit. It is also very useful for current and potential BARS Member Organizations, Audit Company administrative staff and even regulatory authorities in their deeper understanding of the BARS Program, the integrity in the Audit process and its outcomes.

The schedule for 2017 will be published on our website in the coming weeks.
Auditor Accreditation Course


Don't forget the 69th International Aviation Safety Summit (IASS) is in November in Dubai for this year’s biggest Foundation event.

The 2016 Summit will cover subjects such as Spatial Disorientation, Human Factors and fatigue, RPAS operations, use of data in safety systems, maintenance culture and fatigue, go-round compliance and a subject close to us here - managing risk.This year we are having a parallel session dedicated to engineering and maintenance aspects on day two of the summit.

For more information on the program or seminar registration, please contact our office and we will pass your inquiry to the right people in FSF head office.


Some of the BARS Member Organizations

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