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Issue 18, 27 May 2015

Our new Basic Aviation Risk Standard for Offshore Helicopter Operations has been released and is now available for download from the Foundation’s website
Offshore helicopter operations pose a unique series of challenges for aircraft operators and contracting companies alike and this is the first time that a dedicated aviation standard has been developed for this sector. 
This new Offshore Helicopter Operations Standard is risk-based and was developed by subject matter experts from within the offshore oil and gas sector. It meets or exceeds all current industry guidance and practices and allows those companies that don’t have an internal aviation department to focus on their operational risks in the field. It also allows them to adopt an industry standard that is kept current by all users of the document through a structure review and approval process.
The Foundation pioneered the first ever presentation of contract aviation standards in a risk-based manner using the bow-tie model as its framework. This additional industry specific Standard complements the existing BAR Standard and allows users to adopt a more effective means of focusing on key aviation risks.

Greg Marshall
Vice President - Global Programs
Managing Director - BARS Program

17th BARS Auditor Accreditation Course

The 17th FSF BARS Auditor Accreditation course was recently completed in Toronto Canada in late April 2015. We had three of the BARS Member Organizations represented at the AAC and a new Auditor. This brings the list to 145 candidates that have undergone the Auditor Accreditation course since inception in 2010. At present there are 65 active auditors registered in the BARS Program with remaining candidates coming from the BARS Member Organizations or administrative/support staff from the BARS Audit Companies.

The next course is scheduled for Melbourne over 14-16 Jul 2016. Closing date for applications is Tuesday 02 June 2015.

The BARS Auditor Accreditation course takes the candidates through all the Program documentation focusing heavily on the BARS Procedures Manual, also including the BAR Standard, the BARS Implementation Guidelines and the Question Master List. It provides the best insight into the internal workings of the BARS Program and how all the pieces come together.

David Anderson
BARS Audit Manager

May 2015 TAC and ARM Meetings

The 13th BARS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting along with the 9th Audit Review Meeting (ARM) was conducted this May in Perth, Western Australia.
The TAC meeting is the forum for the BARS Member Organizations to receive a Program update from the FSF BARS Program Office and also discuss new or recurring issues they see in the aviation activities where the BARS Program can assist. As an example the evolving use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the resource sector was discussed at length and the development of controls and defences to mitigate against the threats in operating these vehicles is a new project for the BARS team.

There was a presentation from IAGSA, who have joined as a BARS Member Organization, on their work with the airborne geophysical survey sector. Other subjects under work in the BARS Program are the Inadvertent entry into IMC, Helicopter NVG operations and Competency Based Training for flight crew involved in helicopter offshore and transport category fixed wing operations.
The preceding day to the TAC, the BPO meets with the Audit Companies who participate in the Program. Technical and commercial subjects for the operation of the Program are discussed in depth at this ARM. We had good attendance from the Audit Companies and a lot of material was covered over the meeting.
These meetings are held every 6 months with the next meeting proposed for Phoenix Arizona, hosted by Freeport McMoran. The Foundation would like to thank BHP Billiton for their hospitality in hosting the May 2015 ARM and TAC meetings.

Some of the BARS Member Organizations

Safety and Automation in Aviation

June 2-3, 2015

Brussels, Belgium

Benefit Dinner
July 30, 2015

National Press Club



Up & Coming Events

BARS Auditor Accreditation Training Courses for 2015

Click here for more information.

14-16 July, 2015
Melbourne, Australia

6-8 October, 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

To express your interest in any of our courses, please forward your details to, stating which location(s) are of interest to you. Check this page regularly for updates and registration 


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