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The Flight Safety Foundation has been collecting data on accidents and incidents in the onshore resource sector and since 2007 we have seen over 176 accidents with 299 fatalities. Occasionally it is difficult to clearly determine if an accident during charter operations is directly associated with the resource sector and I suspect that the true number is probably higher. Unlike the scheduled passenger operations, there is no database of hours flown to normalize this accident data into a rate per hours or departures. However, this is 299 people who will not be home for dinner with their families and it is the incentive for us to continue to work harder in making aviation activities in the sector safer and stronger.

Each quarter, our office collates all the public data we can find on accidents and serious incidents from a range of sources and sorts this into types of operations, activities and aircraft, this provides our member organizations with a summary report showing how the onshore resource sector is performing. We call this our World Wide Accident Summary or WWAS. Through this data collection and analysis we hope to learn more on trends and accident factors to feed back to industry and improve the safety record.

Resource companies are very proactive in risk management and it was interesting to see that they view an aviation accident as one of the biggest risks in their operations; but it makes sense. To have multiple fatalities in a single event is catastrophic to an organization, not only financial losses but also the great impact on production and organizational reputation. We would all be aware of the Sundance Resources accident in the Congo and the consequences of this tragic event.

One of the features of the BARS Program is the way the Operators are asked to use tools to identify and manage their risks. Hazard reporting, risk assessment tools, incident reporting and investigation, safety performance indicators and safety audit programs are all tools that when carried out effectively will give the Operator a clear insight into their safety performance. Risk Management should not be seen purely as a cost. It may well identify areas where you can accept a higher level of risk if the controls and defences around your operations are strong. Potentially this can provide more opportunity and even a financial benefit.

I am a firm believer in the value of auditing and the data that can be derived from effective audits. Every safety audit finding is a potential latent accident causal factor or an opportunity for improvement. So do your audits often and rigorously and learn from the results. Don't let it be a wasted opportunity.

David Anderson
Managing Director
BARS Program

BARS Aerial Mustering 

The new BARS for Aerial Mustering we introduced in January this year will be trialed this month. This also means it will be offered as an operational category as part of a BARS Audit or the BARS Aerial Work audit. For the uninitiated, our mustering colleagues do some amazing work in challenging conditions with dynamic operations that many of us would be very unfamiliar with - think about getting your aircraft out of the way of 10,000 running cattle!

We are looking forward to having Aerial Mustering as part of the BARS Program and the alternate perspective this sector of aviation can bring to the Program.

New Green, New Gold  - Let's look at the achievements this month!

New Operators in the BARS Program are BalmOral Central Contracts (South Africa) and Westair Aviation (Namibia).

We have Commercial Helicopters achieving Gold Status for the first time and Operators maintaining their Gold BARS Registration are Network Aviation Australia and Starlite Aviation Operation (South Africa) and Corporate Air.

A warm welcome to the new Operators and we send our congratulations to all the Gold Operators for achieving BARS Registration whether its for the first time or as a continued achievement. Keep up the good work!

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting 

Our next Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting will be held in the first week of May here in Melbourne. Thus far, the response has been fantastic and it looks to be the biggest in the history of the 20 past TAC meetings in the BARS Program.

We will be looking an Aerial Firefighting Standard, the RPAS/UAV Standard and the update to Version 6 of the BAR Standard across the 2 days. For our BARS Member Organizations, please contact our office with intentions to attend and we look forward to a very productive TAC

Some of the BARS Member Organizations


APRIL 4–6  2016 CHC Safety and Quality Summit. 
CHC Helicopter. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

April 5-7, 2016 - BARS Auditor Accreditation Training 
Washington DC USA
June 28-30, 2016
Melbourne Australia
November 8-10, 2016
Dublin Ireland 

APRIL 7–8  6th China Aviation Training and Education Summit (CATES) 2016. 
Pincaux Media.
Shanghai China
Michael Gao,

APRIL 18–20  IATA Ops Conference 2016. International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Copenhagen Denmark.

APRIL 29–30  Aviation English Training for
Operational Personnel.

International Civil Aviation English Association (ICAEA).
The Azores, Portugal

MAY 5-6 - 61st Annual Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS) 2016
Organized by the Flight Safety Foundation and in partnership with the National Business Aviation Association.
Hilton Austin,
Austin, Texas, USA 

MAY 9–12  RAA 41st Annual Convention. 
Regional Airline Association. Charlotte,
North Carolina, U.S.A

MAY 10–12  Cabin Operations Safety Conference. 
International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Miami USA

MAY 15–18  88th Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition. American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
Houston USA

MAY 15–18  29th IATA Ground Handling Conference. International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Toronto Canada

JUNE 7-8 - 2016 Safety Forum
Co-hosted by Flight Safety Foundation, EUROCONTROL, and European
Regions Airline association
Brussels Belgium 

JUNE 20–24  Master Class Human Factors and Safety. Aviation Academy of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Amsterdam Netherlands

JUNE 26–28  ASA 2016. Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) Annual Conference.
Las Vegas USA

July 28 - 4th Annual Flight Safety Foundation Dinner & Silent Auction
National Press Club
Washington D.C. USA

November 14-16 - 69th annual International Air Safety Summit (IASS) 2016 - Call for Papers Open
Organized by Flight Safety Foundation and hosted by Emirates Airline
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Call for Papers

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