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 Issue 78, 1 September 2020

A message from David Anderson

The impact of COVID-19 has taken its toll on all of us, but the seasons keep rolling along, and suddenly we find ourselves at the end of the southern hemisphere winter and northern summer. It has definitely been a very challenging and tough year.

At the BARS Program, we have navigated the new reality of working together remotely and continued to make improvements. The final step to completing Version 8 of the BAR Standard is to publish the BARS Implementation Guidelines (BIG). The BIG has now been published and is available for download from the FSF BARS Web page. The BIG provides a raft of additional information for each of the controls and defences including the Safety Goal, as well as a supporting guidance explaining the background and how the control should function, forms of evidence to help the Operator and Auditors, and finally a cross-link to the Audit Checklist. There is additional material specific to the contracting BMO around what their obligations and considerations should cover. This new version contains the generic model for a Competency-Based Training framework, including short term use airfields and helipad design. As you will see, it has a vast amount of good material in one document supporting all the stakeholders in the Program - Aircraft Operators, Auditors and BMO's. The BAR Standard V8 document is a concise and clear document for the Standard, while the BIG is a treasury of additional valuable information and has been this way since the first one was published in 2013.

See below a report on our first Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Discussion Forum for the BARS Member Organizations held last week. This was a great example of our organization having to "pivot" within the Pandemic and experiment to find a new model to enable meaningful collaboration - even when you can’t get everyone in the same room. Attendance was high indicating that a shorter forum and online platform enables more people to attend from around the world.  This new format also allowed for high quality and focused contributions on key matters that are having critical safety implications during this world crisis. Thank you to all our participants and we look forward to doing this again soon. The next online meeting will be our scheduled TAC24 in November.


Stay safe

David Anderson
Managing Directors

BARS Online TAC Discussion Forum

The BARS Program held its first Online TAC Discussion Forum, the TAC (Technical Advisory Committee) work on issues such as Standard’s amendments and new projects for aviation risk management.
While our two major TAC events each year act as catalysts for collaboration and planning, this new lighter touch forum is aimed at encouraging active participation by all BMO’s and sparking open discussion around the issues affecting the Contracted Aviation Industry today.
This event is currently exclusive to our BMO’s, however, we hope to grow the event to include participation opportunities for Aircraft Operators and Auditors in the future.
Topics for discussion were submitted by BMO participants ahead of the event and included some of the following;
  • Simulator & Currency: Situations & Solutions
  • Pilot Health / Personnel Resilience -the Emerging Crisis
  • Drones / RPAS
  • Baggage & Passenger Separation- the COVID-19 Management Issue
The forum was a resounding success with over 30 attendees across 7 countries all representing different departments within our Member Organizations.
Although short in its timeframe, the forum evoked good discussion amongst the participants with feedback indicating the ongoing need for these forums to happen.  
We look forward to these topics being explored further along with additional subjects at TAC24 in November.

The New Version 8 BAR Standard Suite

The BAR Standard Version 8 Suite in #English#Spanish and #French and the complimentary Implementation Guidelines to go with the Standards. Its the 10th anniversary edition representing another collaborative effort from our 30 BARS Member Organizations.

Download you copies now

Remote Monitoring Audit - EXTENDED through to DEC 2020

This is a reminder for any Aircraft Operators who have are yet to book their renewal Audit. Due to current extreme circumstances resulting in extended travel bans that impact the movement of Auditors and Aircraft Operator staff, whilst also creating an economic impact, the Remote Monitoring Audit (RMA) has been extended to 31st Dec 2020.

Please note: This is applicable to Aircraft Operators undergoing a renewal Audit who have a Current Registration Expiry date within (1st Oct to 31st Dec 2020).
Please refer to website for more information.
Remote Monitoring Video
Thanks to BARS Remote Monitoring Audits during COVID-19, our BARS Member Organizations are able to keep operations going with completed audits for contracted flight.
Click on here to watch the video.

Flight Safety Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Resources

Air travel has changed. The Flight Safety Foundation has produced a list of Resources to learn more about the changes and fundamental points of difference we can expect when travelling and to learn more about maintaining safety during the pandemic.Check out the webpage on the FSF Website dedicated to the Resources available to everyone.

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