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 Issue 82, 2 February 2021

A message from David Anderson

Welcome to the 2021 BARS Newsletter series where we keep our readers informed on developments, initiatives and updates at the BARS Program and Flight Safety Foundation. For a small organization, the Foundation always has a lot going on!.

Late 2020 we published the BARS for RPAS Standard Version 3 after the Technical Advisory Committee ratified the updates provided by the RPAS Working Group. We have now translated this version and published it in French and Spanish and it is freely available via the BARS web pages. Significant portions of the BARS Program are exposed to regions where French and Spanish is the main language so this is another example of how the BARS Program is truly global in its reach.

The pandemic severely impacted the aviation sector last year and we can see this in every facet of aviation every day. The Remote Monitoring Audit model used last year has been reviewed and we have put together the Future Audit Model for the BARS Program as a interim model for delivering the BARS Program in the next 1-2 years. A unique initiative is the Trusted Representative (TR) concept where the Program is looking for representatives from regions and locations where we have BARS Operators to serve as an independent support to the auditors in situations where travel restrictions prohibit delivery of an onsite audit. The TR will support the auditors by means of evidence gathering, observations and interviews to ensure the auditors have a wide range of randomly and independently selected implementation evidence. Please note, the TR is not required to be trained as an auditor - all the assessments and determinations are only made by the BARS Auditors and the TR will only act as a support for this.

Those of you who receive the worldwide accident summary from the BPO would have noted something of significance in the last January release. Since 2007, the registry shows 204 accidents with 98 of these fatal accidents resulting in 327 fatalities. There were 50 countries represented with accidents and 33 countries saw a fatal accident in this period. We send with the report with a chart (see below) that shows the significant improvement over time in the annual count of accidents since 2012 and most notably the result for 2020 was just two non-fatal events, making 2020 the first year with zero fatalities since our record keeping commenced in 2007.

The shared and collaborative approach by organizations who have supported and joined the BARS Program over the years has shown that continued investment in the area of aviation risk management and assurance systems can be completed on a very cost effective basis without compromising the outcome. We are proud to be part of this investment and to continually see improvements within the mining sector and the aircraft operators who support this sector.

David Anderson
Managing Director
BARS Program

Program-Connect, Initiative of FSF and WFP

The Flight Safety Foundation and the BARS Program have been close partners of the World Food Program (WFP) and the team in the Aviation Safety Unit for many years. WFP operate in some very remote locations, in under developed regions and also on short notice in support of humanitarian operations globally.

Program-Connect is an initiative where the BARS Program can support WFP by implementing an option for BARS Aircraft Operators to be evaluated to the WFP standards called AvStads. An operator will undergo a BARS Audit which can then be submitted for evaluation when the operator elects to be applicable for the WFP Application Process. 

This has a number of benefits in providing WFP an additional pool of operators to draw upon in emergency situations and also serves to decrease the audit burden on operators working across both BARS and WFP sectors. It also recognizes the similarities in the way WFP and BARS undertake assurance work on contracted operations. For more information on this initiative please read the press release we sent out in January. A big thank you to the WFP team for the work in this project and the great collaboration seen across the teams as we put this together.

Flight Safety Foundation- Global Action Plan for the prevention of runway accidents

January saw the much awaited release of The Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions. Developed as a collaborative effort of more than 100 aviation professionals representing 40 international organizations and taking over 2 years to produce.

Available now, is Volume 1, which contains recommendations for operators, airports, air navigation service providers, aircraft manufacturers and regulators. It clearly demonstrates the commitment from the Industry to the prevention of runway incidents and can be downloaded from the Foundation’s websiteon SKYbrary and through other project partners.

January GOLD achievements for January 2021

The Aircraft Operators are continuing to keep up their BARS Registration with great outcomes. We congratulate Executive Airlines, Nolinor Aviation, PNG Airlines, Maroomba Airlines and Network Aviation Australia for achieving GOLD in the 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 to achieve these results and we look forward to working with all the Aircraft Operators.

FSF and BARS Upcoming Training and Events


FSF Safety Forum 2021 | 8th Annual | Virtual Event

February 10-11, 2021

Virtual Event

Registration:  $30.00 USD

🠮REGISTER TODAY


Helicopter External Load Operations for Ground Personnel - HELO

Scheduled for March 2021

Online- details TBC- please watch out for updates

BARS Auditor Accreditation Course

25 March to 26 March 2021

0800 to 1400 AEST (both days)

(Wednesday 24 Mar to Thursday 25 Mar 2021; 21:00 to +0300 UTC)

Managing Contract Aviation Risk Training - MCAR

For the Americas

6 April to 9 April 2021

0900 CDT – 1230 CDT (Online) 

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