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home | resources | events                                   Issue 29, 19 July 2016
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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.

David Anderson
Managing Director, BARS Program

BARS Auditor Accreditation Course, Melbourne

In June the BARS Program Office held the 22nd BARS Auditor Course here in Melbourne. We had 17 attendees from every group of stakeholders in the Program. BARS Member Organizations, Auditor candidates, Audit Company staff, BPO staff and Aircraft Operators were all represented. This made for a great few days of discussion and education on the BARS Program and the different perspectives.

Congratulations to our newly accredited BARS Auditors as they join the Program.  With such great representation from the industry it shows that the BARS Program is built on the collaboration between the Operators, contracting companies and the Auditors/Audit Companies.


The Flight Safety Foundation holds the very successful IASS Summit every year, which has been going for 68 years now. This year the Summit will be held in Dubai courtesy of Emirates Airlines.Click on the picture here and listen to Henry Donohoe, Divisional Senior Vice President, Flight Operations, Emirates, as to why IASS is a must-attend event.

We hope we can see many of our BARS Operators, Audit Companies and BMOs represented there to learn about the latest safety and Foundation initiatives.

Mark November 14th to 16th in your diary for the FSF IASS.

A sad Goodbye and Good Luck to Kelley!

We would like to take this opportunity to give a warm goodbye to one of our fellow employees. Kelley is leaving us after almost 7 years of service at the BARS Program Office to further her international travels and experience. She has been our Events and Operations Manager and should we say General Social Coordinator and overall Office Manager extraordinaire. Kelley’s abilities and general flexibility has meant she has been across all facets of the BARS Program and has been instrumental in implementing many of the tools and policies that we use everyday.

Many of you would have been welcomed by or spoken to Kelley over the phone and always greeted with her inherent good Irish humor and bubbly demeanour. She has been a good friend to all of us in the Office and to those colleagues associated with the BARS Program. We will all miss her very much but wish her the absolute best in her adventures to come!

Some of the BARS Member Organizations

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