A message from David Anderson
April's newsletter talked about the critical role the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has within the BARS Program. The TAC meets every six months to discuss safety matters and initiatives, hear from the Foundation on the delivery of the Program, and review and update the contents of the various Standards the BARS Program supports. As the primary users, it is the active members of the TAC who determine the content of the BAR Standards enabling them to ensure safe operation of their aviation activities, in a shared, consensus driven and collaborative way.
TAC25 was delivered online on 19th May to more than 75 participants from 16 different countries Worldwide. Participants covered some critical topics the contract aviation sector is facing right; Identifying safety issues in the recovery post COVID, Pilot currency, Human factors and safety aspects, and Aircraft preparation for return-to-service. We also heard from an industry expert on Wildlife hazards, best practice and launched our sector-specific program for Building Personal Resilience.
The TAC ratified Version 5 of the BAR Standard for Offshore Helicopter Operations (SOHO) ; It is now available for use by the global offshore helicopter sector. The SOHO is supported by a thorough audit protocol, contract technical schedules, detailed SOHO Implementation Guidelines and performance standards. A big thanks to the TAC SOHO Working Group for the effort that went into putting all the material together for this update. Users can expect the next update to Version 6 in May 2023, in line with the regular update cycle of 2 years.
TAC25 was also significant with the launch of the Personal Resilience Program (PRP) as a joint effort between The Keil Centre (TKC) and Flight Safety Foundation. The PRP is a wonderful initiative and supports our Aircraft Operator personnel with tailored case studies for different cohorts within the organization such as pilots (fixed wing and helicopters), engineers, cabin crew, ground handling members. The Foundation has a calendar of the delivery schedule published on the website so please register your interest to be involved. Thank you to The Keil Centre and Nicole Gray for the work putting this all together. I would also like to acknowledge the support from Glencore, BHP and Rio Tinto in making this available to the BARS Operators