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.