One of the key strengths of the BARS Program is the communications and governance structures we use to keep stakeholders and interested parties informed.
The BARS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been in action from the very beginning of the Program in 2009 and this month on the 3-4th May 2017 we are holding the 17th TAC Meeting in Perth Western Australia. The TAC is made up of the representatives of the BARS Member Organizations - those companies who use the Standard as the basis of their aviation oversight. The leadership of this group has seen the Standard Suite grow to include the RPAS, Aerial Mustering and Offshore Helicopter Standards as well as a number of other safety initiatives. More than half of the of the TAC meeting agenda is provided as an open session for other invitees to attend and see how the committee works, provide valuable input and also educate the members of the TAC on other safety developments. I hope to see all TAC members attend this next meeting in Perth.
Alongside the TAC is the biannual Audit Review Meeting held between the BARS Program Office and the registered Audit Companies. As the main interface between the BARS Program and the Aircraft Operators, the Audit Companies have a very important role in the execution of the Program. The ARM serves as a main forum for working with all these Program members to make certain the audit is effective, efficient and consistent. The next ARM will be 02 May 2017 also in Perth. Our appreciation to Rio Tinto who will host these meetings.
There is always something going on within the BARS Program where you may want to get involved more, so please let us know. The BARS@flightsafety.org email address or our BARS Program Office phone: +61 1300 557 162 is always ready to hear from you!
Managing Director, BARS Program