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 Issue 92, 3 November 2021

A message from David Anderson

October is always a busy month for the BARS Program and this year was no different. We saw 24 BARS Audits conducted in a single month, more than twice the long-term average of 10 audits a month. This year we have over 20 new Aircraft Operators booking their first BARS Audit from countries new to the program such as Greenland, Iceland, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, demonstrating excellent growth and wider geographical spread for the BARS Program. 

TAC26 was conducted in late October with the ratification of Version 3 of the Aerial Animal Management Standard with more activities included such as darting, culling, netting, and counting in addition to the cattle mustering - all of which are high in risk for aviation activities. Wildlife game parks and government departments undertaking animal counting or feral animal culling/control can all use the BAR Standard to better manage the risk of the contracted aviation service providers. 

The RPAS Implementation Guidelines (IG) has seen the first draft released for review. This work was undertaken by Aviassist to draft the detailed supporting information that helps the RPAS Operator and contracting companies understand the controls and defences within the RPAS Standard. The TAC enabled good discussion on situations where conventional aviation such as helicopter ops are conducted over or adjacent to a site where RPAS operations are also planned - SIMOPS. The separation/integration is critically important to manage well, and the RPAS IG has a new annex covering this matter. Not only mining companies but any company that has large, expansive work sites (rail infrastructure, landholders, oil & gas, or government agencies) will benefit from a consistent methodology on coordinating RPAS and conventional aviation. A big thanks to Aviassist for the work in pulling together the IG material. 

The Audit Review Meeting always precedes the TAC and this last one, ARM22, was also held in October and online again. The discussions and presentations during the ARM made for a great meeting with good representation from Audit companies and Auditors as we prepare the BARS Program for 2022 and the continual roll out of the Future Audit Model.

October also contained the final session of our second Building Personal Resilience Program, two Managing Contracted Aviation Risk (MCAR) courses, and the 36th BARS Auditor Training course. We have the next Resilience training for 2021 coming in mid-November with a few spaces still available so please contact our office as soon if you are interested. 

David Anderson
Managing Director
BARS Program

TAC26 Meeting 

Thank you to all who were able to participate in TAC26, we had more than 67 attendees from across 13 countries representing our BMOs, Aircraft Operators, and Auditors. There was excellent discussion sparked from presentations by Hassan Shahidi, Jose Odini, and Kevan Reeve on matters close to the heart of FSF with highlighted topics on Safety Leadership, Professional Discipline in times of chaos, and Organizational Culture.
RPAS BVLOS and SimOps were hot topics with presentations by Alasdair MacLeod and Fiona Wedenig proving to draw plenty of opinions and the obvious need for continued discussions at our future TAC events.

Overall, the TAC meeting was a great success with organizations sharing their experience & knowledge. Volunteers were sought for the working group of version 9 of the BAR Standard, which will include the introduction of a BAR Standard for the Utility and Energy Sector.

Thankyou to Morgan Lamb, TAC Co-Chair

During the TAC Meeting, we were able to say a big thank you to Morgan Lamb from Freeport Minerals Corporation who has ended his time as Co-Chair of the TAC Meeting holding a long-termed seat spanning 2017 until 2021. 

Morgan's contributions as Co-Chair have been an integral part of making the agendas of both the TAC and the TAC discussion forums full of relevant, interesting, and invaluable content. We thank Morgan for continually giving up his time and consistent support to the ongoing success of the meetings. While he will not be operating as Co-Chair, Morgan will continue to be acutely involved in the Technical Advisory Committee already volunteering his time to be part of TAC working groups.
Frans Kruger from Anglo American has stepped up to fill the position of TAC Co-Chair and will work with Kevan Reeve from Rio Tinto to ensure the consistent continuation of the work delivered by this active committee.

ARM22 Meeting 

The regular Audit Review Meeting (ARM22) was completed in October and this meeting is crucial in making sure the delivery of a BARS Audit is of the highest quality and consistency.

The BARS Program has over 50 experienced auditors globally and for a complex Program - the quality is imperative for the BARS Member Organizations and how they use the BARS Audit Report. The data suggests that over 1000 downloads of the BARS Audit reports in 2021 thus far have reduced the audit burden on the operators significantly by avoiding the need for duplicated and redundant audits which occurs if each contracting company was to commission their own individual audit each time.

New Green and many Golds for October

With the Pandemic situation changing the world on a daily basis, we are proud to continue to congratulate the achievements of our Aircraft Operators with Netjets Aviation, TropicAir Limited, Canadian Helicopters Ltd, Discovery Air Innovation Chile, CHC helicopters (Australia)Heli Aust Whitsundays Pty Ltd ,and Shine Aviation achieving GOLD in the last month. We welcome Meridian Helicopters, and Reven Global Airtranspor, into the Program with achieving their first GREEN registration. 

We would really like to say well done to these Aircraft Operators and their ongoing achievement. Thank you to all who are involved in our Audit Program to achieve these results and look forward to working with all the Aircraft Operators.

Building Personal Resilience Program

More workshops for the Building Personal Resilience Program are available to help aviation personnel manage their mental health more effectively. The response was very positive with attendees looking forward to the next workshop. In a time where mental health for everyone is paramount, this workshop could be the boost your organization needs. We are open for registrations now. Please refer to BARS Website for up and coming workshop dates and times.
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
For information on how to register and cost, email:

Prices are available for individual and group bookings.

BARS Upcoming Training and Events

The 2022 Training schedule for all training programs is NOW available on the website, please visit the appropriate training you require and book in asap to secure your place.
Visit BARS Training and Events HERE 

Next Training is:
Building Personal Resilience Program

The next BPR Program is now open for registration, please refer to the website for all dates and times for 2021 and 2022.


Workshop 1 - Tuesday 16 November 2021
Workshop 2 – Tuesday 14 December 2021
1000AEST to 1230 AEST (0000 UTC to 0230 UTC)

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