The BARS Program has been operating for five years now and we have completed three separate Finding Data Analysis (FDA) reports in that time. One factor that comes through strongly from the FDA is the difficulty is achieving a robust Safety Management System (SMS) in the sector of Operators who serve the contract charter industry.
The resource sector is a heavy user of these contract aviation service providers and have required SMS of their contractors for some years now. The results of the BARS Audits, when aggregated, show the difficulty that some of the Operators in this sector were having in implementing an SMS. We know from the work of ICAO and IATA in the transport category airline sector, it can take years to establish a fully functioning SMS. The fact is that an SMS can be scalable to all organizations, large or small, and we see many great examples in our BARS Aircraft Operators.
Recently we saw an SMS Toolkit developed by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) along with a toolkit for Human Factors in Maintenance. What was significant in these two Toolkits was the fact that they were easily scalable to all different sizes of organizations. With the knowledge drawn from the data out of the BARS Program we saw the value in requesting permission from CASA to distribute copies of the Toolkits to BARS Aircraft Operators around the world to assist in setting up their SMS or, alternatively, evaluating their current system to what is a best practice in SMS. It is a case of seeing an underlying issue, finding a remedy, and distributing a solution - all based on data.
Our thanks go to the people at CASA for their support and cooperation in allowing the Flight Safety Foundation to provide these kits to the BARS Aircraft Operators.
Managing Director, BARS Program