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 Issue 87, 1 June 2021

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

David Anderson
Managing Director
BARS Program

Audit Review Meeting (ARM21)

On Tuesday 18th May, the BARS Program Office met with the BARS Audit Companies and their auditors at the Audit Review Meeting (ARM) to discuss the delivery of the audit program, review the initiatives of 2020, Future Audit Model and Audit stage 3. The Auditors are the face of the Program and it is important for the Foundation to have this regular conversation with the fundamental personnel of the Program. ARM21 had excellent attendance and contribution of the Audit Companies and very positive discussions and feedback - all of this makes the BARS Program stronger and effective.

Thankyou to all who attended both the ARM, this critical meeting is designed to evoke the sharing of different experiences, lessons learned, audit feedback, and highlight the challenges facing the Auditors and Audit Companies.

We look forward to when we can host these meetings again in person.

New Versions of the BARSOHO and BARSOHO IMPLENTATION GUIDELINES now available to download.

Version 5 of the BAR Standard for Offshore Helicopter Operations (BARSOHO) and the accompanying Implementation Guidelines contains many updated requirements and additions such as a new Wellbeing Policy (1.6) and updated Fuel Reserves Policy (9.4 & 9.5) plus continued alignment to HeliOffshore SPM Version 3, and the recognition of the HeliOffshore Wind farm practices. These new Versions for the Offshore Community set the framework for safety performance goals necessary for assurance of safe offshore helicopter operations.
The BARSOHO not only covers offshore helicopter passenger and cargo operations, but offshore SAR, hoisting and medevac capabilities are described in the appendices. The Program has over 20 operators globally who are audited to the offshore standard.

Risk management is a more realistic term than safety. It implies that hazards are ever-present, that they must be identified, analyzed, evaluated and controlled or rationally accepted”. Jerome F. Lederer, President Emeritus Flight Safety Foundation

Download your copy of both documents now from the BARS website.

Thanks for 10 years Anglo American

The BARS Program would like to say THANK YOU to Member Organization, Anglo American, for their ongoing support to the BARS Program over the last 10 years.

Anglo American and in particular Frans Kruger have been long-time supporters of the BARS Program with major contributions to the TAC and development of the RPAS Standard. We look forward to a continued relationship and to when we can give this plaque of honor in person. 
Flight Safety Foundation presents the Building Personal Resilience Program as a proactive initiative for aircraft operators to provide individuals and teams with industry-specific and evidence-based skills and strategies to help manage their mental health more effectively.

"Well delivered techniques to help at work and home" 
Participant, Beta Course

Modules will be delivered online for small groups of 6-10 participants by mental health professionals from The Keil Centre. Face-to-face can be arranged upon request.

Course delivery: 
  • 2 x 2.5 hours OR 4 x 1.25 hour modules (spaced 3 - 4 weeks apart)
  • Discussion based; simple and straightforward, evidence-based materials
Tailored examples and case studies with 5 optional variants:
  • Flight Crew (both Fixed and Rotary Wing)
  • Cabin Crew
  • Maintenance and Engineering
  • Ground Staff
First course is scheduled for late July 2021 and is open for registrations now. Please refer to BARS Website for workshop dates and times.

For information on how to register, email:
This program is a collaboration between FSF and The Keil Centre and funded by BHP, Rio Tinto and Glencore.

New Green and Gold for May

We congratulate Australian Corporate Jet Centres, Air-Tec and Solenta Aviation for achieving GOLD in the last month. We welcome Air Greenland, Latam Airlines, Helicopter Resources and Aero Logistics into the Program by achieving GREEN registration last month. 

A month of great results and we encourage these Aircraft Operators to keep up the good work. Thank you to all who have been involved in our Audit Program especially through the tough year we have all had from 2020 till now and we look forward to working with all the Aircraft Operators in the future.

BARS Upcoming Training and Events

Auditor Accreditation Training

Monday 21 June to Tuesday 22 June 2021

1000 to 1600 AEST (both days)

(Monday 21 Jun to Tuesday 22 Jun 2021; 00:00 to 0600 UTC)

Building Personal Resilience Program

Workshops dates and time are now available for registrations please refer to the website for all dates and times, as of July onwards.

Managing Contracted Aviation Risk - Onshore

Spanish delivery
Tuesday 15 June to Friday 18 June 2021
0900 COT to 1230 COT (1400 UTC to 1730 UTC)

Asia Pacific friendly
Tuesday 6 July to Friday 9 July 2021
0900 AWST to 1230 AWST (0100 UTC to 0430 UTC)

America’s friendly
Tuesday 13 July to Friday 16 July 2021
0900 CDT to 1230 CDT (1400 UTC to 1730 UTC)

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