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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!


David Anderson
Managing Director, BARS Program

World Wide Onshore Resource Sector Accident Summary

The BARS Program generates a raft of reports each year. Every quarter we compile and issue the World Wide Onshore Resource Sector Accident Summary. Whilst the name may be long, it is a succinct report looking at the aviation accidents we are aware of in the resource sector. The data goes back to 2007 and did you know that in this time there are over 189 accidents, 88 fatal accidents with 305 fatalities? All very good reasons for what the BARS Program is working on to improve.

The Program Office also generates a Finding Data Analysis report regularly looking at the data and material elicited from the results of the audits and events seen by the Program. We also publish quality reports on the conduct of the audits, Safety Alerts on events and issues worldwide worthy of dissemination as well as Incident Alerts for events relating to our operators.

BMO Profile - Dominion Diamond


Dominion Diamond Corporation is a Canadian diamond mining company with ownership interests in two major diamond mines located in the Northwest Territories. The company is Canada’s largest independent diamond producer and has roots dating back to 1994.

Renowned for its premium rough diamond assortments to the global market through sorting and selling operations in Canada, Belgium, and India, Dominion operates and has a controlling interest in the Ekati Diamond Mine (which it purchased in 2013), and also owns 40% of the Diavik Diamond Mine. The mine employs over 1,820 employees and contractors with 65% of those from northern Canada, and 38% are northern Aboriginal.

Dominion Diamond has been a BARS Member organization since March 2013 and joined the program to provide a safety oversight of their aviation operations. All six of their air carriers are BARS accredited. 

"Using BARS has reduced our overall aviation risk, as we know that our air carriers follow BAR standards and are audited. We have assurance that we are getting the right type of aircraft, with pilots having the appropriate qualifications. We like using a governing body that already has rigour built into it to create the aviation standard for the Ekati mine", says Chantal Lavoie, Chief Operating Officer of Dominion Diamond Corporation.


 

New Green and New Gold Aircraft Operators

February's new levels of achievements, are;
Good work on the above achievements whether its for the first time or as a continued achievement. We welcome those new to the Program and look forward to working with all the Aircraft Operators within the program.

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