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In many places around the world, aviation is the only means of transport to locations in both remote or hostile regions. We see this often in the Resource sector with remote mine sites in mountainous or desert environments. Some locations have a 20-minute flight with the only alternate being an 8 hour or more route in a truck or bus on a very poor track with significant security concerns.

The humanitarian community also finds themselves with operations in some of these remote or hostile situations to deliver aid, which means the safety and continuity of the aviation service within these regions is of critical importance.

The Flight Safety Foundation works with a number of agencies in delivering aviation safety related training or information in many different locations.

Nepal has suffered a number of accidents in recent years and the World Food Program (WFP) in conjunction with the Airline Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has been running an Aviation Safety Conference and workshop for 5 years now. This month, through our support of WFP, the Foundation presented on runway safety and risk management for the Nepal Aviation Safety Conference. Over 160 attendees from nearly every AOC holder in Nepal attended the three-day conference and workshop showing their dedication to find ways of improving the safety of operations in the country.

The staff and board members of the Foundation often assist WFP and the safety initiatives around the world.  Thanks to our colleagues at WFP for the opportunity of making a difference in Nepal.

David Anderson
Managing Director, BARS Program

Is it a Bird? No its a Drone!

If you haven't seen one flying around yet, you just haven't been looking up, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), alias Drones, are on the rise and the ongoing growth in the sector is nothing short of exceptional. The Flight Safety Foundation and the BARS Program is supporting the sector with the BARS for RPAS Standard. In July 2016,  the audit standard for remotely piloted aircraft systems became part of the BARS suite of risk-based aviation standards. In addition, the Foundation is a member of FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) and is on the UAST’s Executive Committee.

To read more about the updates and changes within the RPAS Sector the May Issue of the Aerosafety World  contained some very interesting articles on the changing requirements of RPAS Operators in the US and FAA relying heavily on the professionalism, compliance and responsibility of the first certificated U.S. remote pilots.

Within Aerosafety World in 'The Safety Briefs' section was a very insightful article on Drone Traffic Management and New Bird Strike Weapon: Bird Drones  that have been developed for the Airport in Edmonton,Canada.

Now the Foundation has welcomed our first UAS member with Wolf UAS joining our list of Members. To read more about Wolf UAS and their reasons for joining the foundation, check out the press release on the Foundations website. 
For our RPAS/UAV community, contact our Membership Director- Louise Martin for more information on joining the Foundation and drawing on the many years of experience in aviation safety.

New BARS Gold 

This June we congratulate Solenta Aviation for achieving Gold Registration for the 3rd time on what was only their 5th Audit.
Good work on the above achievement. We always look forward to working with all the Aircraft Operators within the program to help them achieve their goals.

EVENTS coming up...


5th Annual Networking Dinner and Silent Auction  July 20, 2017, Washington D.C.


The 70th International Aviation Safety Summit (IASS), Oct 23 - 25, Dublin, Ireland


Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting, Oct 25, Dublin, Ireland.


Held annually since 1947, the Flight Safety Foundation’s International Air Safety Summit is aviation’s premier safety summit, drawing as many as 325 representatives from 50 plus countries to exchange information and propose new directions for further risk reductions. The summit covers safety, training, practical solutions, management, human factors and other issues for scheduled airlines, manufacturers and equipment suppliers, trainers, flight crews, maintenance personnel and industry executives.

Discounted early registration for Flight Safety Foundation’s 70th annual International Air Safety Summit (IASS 2017) is now open. Foundation members and non-members are entitled to a discounted registration price if they register by Aug 4 2017.

Register now for the International Air Safety Summit 2017


In October is our biannual Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting with the representatives of the BARS Member Organizations. It will be held along side of the IASS in Dublin. The focus will be on the utilization of RPAS in the resource sector and the standards applied, BARS Program expansion and data analysis.

The TAC contains an Open session which invites other BARS Program stakeholders such as the Audit Company representatives and observers to attend and contribute to the ongoing Program development. If you would like to know more about the TAC, contribute or attend, then please contact the BPO for more details.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting, Oct 25, Dublin, Ireland.

Some of the BARS Member Organizations

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