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.
Managing Director, BARS Program