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.