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.