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During the seven years of operation the BARS Program has consistently asked our various stakeholders for their feedback on how the Program is operating and the strengths and opportunities for improvement. This is evidenced by the development and regular updating of the Standards, the action items resulting from the Technical Advisory Committee and Audit Review Meetings, as well as feedback loops from our quality reviews of the audit data.
In 2015 we commenced work on a project we called BARS Program Stage 2 to address many ongoing issues and roll out a significant update to the Program. In November, we announced the changes Stage 2 will bring by releasing the new BARS Program Manual and Auditor Agreement, the official date these changes will take effect is on 01 Jan 2018.
Industry Standards by their nature will have components more stringent than that of the local regulatory minimum requirement. This is not just for aviation but commercial, governance and financial matters worldwide. The value that a contracting company has for the use of a BARS Registered Operator is that they have been evaluated by an independent party to a worldwide industry aviation standard.  We all acknowledge and congratulate the BARS Registered Operators for their commitment and effort of achieving this Standard. The Green, Silver and Gold designations reflect the ongoing commitment of the Operator to continuously demonstrate their achievement. For our Operators, the BARS Logo should be displayed with pride and for our Member Organizations, thank you for the support and use of the Operators who continue to do so well.

David Anderson
Managing Director, BARS Program

BARS Program Stage 2 

BARS Program Stage 2 has required a significant amount of background effort from the Program Office, it involved upgrades to almost every aspect of the Program, including formal manuals and documents, marketing collateral, website content, BARSoft design and legal agreements. Key stakeholders were briefed at the Technical Advisory Committee Meeting and Audit Review Meeting, online training was provided for the Auditors and Audit Companies and a communications plan was implemented for the different participants of the Program to ensure everyone is aware of the changes.
So, what has changed?  Many aspects have changed, but many are still the same.  It will still be a rigorous audit of high standards to a widely accepted industry standard. The BARS Audit is still carried out by experienced, FSF trained specialist Auditors, the BARS Audit is still a transparent process objectively evaluating the operator’s ability to meet and achieve the BAR Standard and the BARS Program Office still thoroughly reviews the output of each audit before publishing the report. What has changed is that the Operator and Audit Company can negotiate a portion of the audit cost depending on the scope and complexity of the audit. The Operators now have a choice of a Comprehensive Audit Stream to achieve Silver and Gold level designation, or, a smaller Core Audit stream with a reduced level of commitment in auditing and maintenance of Green level designation in their BARS Registration.
The Core Audit stream will be a reduced cost alternative for Operators who hold a small exposure to the contracted aviation sector, for example Ad-Hoc charter or standby status. The Program has also moved to a full annual audit scheme recognising the dynamic nature of the contracted and charter sector, defined the number of extensions for the significant date targets in the audit process and a redesign of the audit question set to better evaluate the full implementation of the BARS Controls and defences for those in the Comprehensive Stream.
Together these changes provide a more flexible option for the Operators and Member Organizations to participate in the BARS Program, but at the same time stay true to the transparent audit of the highest quality standard. With this flexibility of registration streams, it will be important for the contracting company to have a clear conversation with the Operators as to which audit stream is required to meet the contract requirements.

We have set up many points of reference for more information on the changes to the Program with the implementation of BARS Program Stage 2.

On the Website you can access the following pages: And if you have access to BARSoft please check your documents tab for the following:
  • BARS Notification 39
  • BARS Program Manual Version 7
  • BARS Auditor Agreement Version 12
If you require any further information please contact the BPO.

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Issue Highlights

Aircraft Operator Profile - Great Slave Helicopters

Great Slave Helicopters Ltd. (GSH) is a VFR and IFR helicopter operator providing chartered services for passengers and cargo to private sector companies and governments throughout Western, Central, and Northern Canada, continental North America, Chile and Argentina.

The company was founded in 1984 to meet the growing demand for mineral exploration in the Northwest Territories. Established in Yellowknife, they operate a fleet of single and twin engine turbine helicopters and offer a range of diverse services which can include drill moves, forest fire suppression, oil/gas and seismic exploration, precision external load applications, powerline repair, airborne geophysical survey, and emergency response call-up services to name a few.

Great Slave has been with the BARS Program since 2011 and achieved GOLD registration status in 2015.  The team at GSH is proud to have been held to the highest audit standards in the helicopter industry. Their commitment to flight safety far exceeds regulatory standards.  GSH’s strong training program, and implementation of processes has created a consistent safety culture evident at both the field and facility levels.  GSH customers spanning from Baker Lake Nunavut to Buenos Aires Argentina can expect the same level of safe and professional helicopter operations.   

New Green and Gold Aircraft Operators

November was a great month with three Aircraft Operators achieving GOLD registration, Pel-Air, EcoCopter S.A., and Skyhorse Aviation.

We also saw PHI Americas Ltd, Aerocardal and PT National Utility Helicopters achieving the GREEN registration.

We congratulate all the above achievements whether its for the first time or a further ongoing commitment to the BARS Program. We look forward to continue working with all of the Aircraft Operators.

Auditor Accreditation Training

2018 Proposed Dates are;
Tues 20th – Thurs 22nd March –Houston,Texas USA
Tues 26th – Thurs 28th June – Melbourne
Mon 22nd – Weds 24th October – UAE 


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