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 Issue 90, 1 September 2021

A message from David Anderson

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Discussion Forum was held last week, with over 30 attendees across 6 countries. The Forum is a unique opportunity to expand regular discussions with our BMO community on safety matters of immediate concern and enhance developments within the Program. It is held in between the biannual TAC Meetings each May and October.

The format of this Forum is to highlight one or two matters of concern and break them up into areas for discussion. This August, our focus was on issues surrounding RPAS: RPAS Sim Ops, spectrum management, and process failure risk; and Crew Rostering: Issues with extended/disrupted rosters and regulatory exemptions for simulator training.

The topic of RPAS generated a significant discussion given the mining communities' exposure to RPAS utilization.

Potential interaction between RPAS use and conventional aviation operations underway simultaneously in the same air space was recognized early as a key safety matter in the development of the RPAS Standard, and this discussion has promoted further examination into the effective implementation of the controls required. Many mine sites have a helipad or airstrip flight path in areas where RPAS operations are utilized; a lack of thorough planning and communication of RPAS operations to neighboring aviation operations could be devastating.
It was clear that this topic is not just confined to the onshore resource sector as similar issues were presented by our diverse participants at the forum which included representatives from HeliOffshore, the Victorian Government, Australian Defence and the Insurance sector in addition to our mining sector members.

Looking at the global aviation media, there is much discussion on how urban air mobility will interact with current air activity as RPAS vehicles become a tool for movement and as a source of exploration within our cities. The reality is that the integration of RPAS alongside conventional aviation presents a real and present safety threat right now for many sectors. It is crucial that the BARS Program shows the leadership to identify the key issues and bring together the stakeholders involved to provide possible Industry solutions. 

The BARS Program Office is currently developing the RPAS Standard Implementation Guidelines, which will complement the current version of the RPAS Standard. You can expect to see the integration/separation material in this document. The draft version will be made available for comment to the TAC representatives of our BARS Member Organizations in October, with the final document expected to be released by the end of 2021 - this will be available publicly through the BARS website when completed. 

David Anderson
Managing Director
BARS Program

Save the Date - The next TAC Meeting is coming up

The BARS TAC26 Online Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 28 Oct, 2021 AEST.

Topics will include the following and more:
• Identifying safety issues in the recovery post COVID
• Building Personal Resilience Program
• Exciting new initiatives coming from FSF Head Office

Registration will be open soon but for more information on sessions and times visit the BARS website

Become a BARS Audit Company - Applications closing

This unique opportunity will be ending soon so if you know an aviation Audit Company, committed to safety and looking to expand their reach, please let them know about this opportunity.

The Flight Safety Foundation Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) Program is looking to partner with Audit Companies to provide high quality and accurate audits and relative services within the Program.

Partnering with the BARS Program will add value and credibility to your auditing services and open your organization up to new markets and new business opportunities with BARS existing 120+ Aircraft Operators.

The Audit Companies must meet the minimum criteria to be eligible to become a Registered BARS Audit Company and can only utilize trained and accredited BARS Auditors in the conduct of a BARS Audit and other services.

Please refer to our website to download more information.

Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group 2021 Webinar Series

The Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group raises industry and public awareness of aviation wildlife hazards, associated risks and their management. 

This October, 2021 they are  hosting a webinar series around the theme of 'Research and Innovation' in wildlife hazard management. The webinar will focus around three targeted sessions; Research and Innovation, COVID-19 Impact and Collaboration. . The presentations will be from Australian and international speakers on key industry issues such as the impact of DNA-ID on managing wildlife hazards; collaboration between operational personnel and scientific researchers; active vs passive management; and the impact of COVID-19 on wildlife management. 

Dates are:
5, 12, 19 October, 2021
9am – 11am AEST

Cost of ALL three webinar sessions: $75 (AUS)


Please visit their website for registration details.

New Gold and Green for August

We congratulate Hevilift Australia, Alkan Air, PHI Inc, Summit Helicopters, PHI International Australia and Fortescue Helicopters for great achievement of GOLD in the last month. We welcome Habock Aviation Chile SpA into the Program with their GREEN achievement.

This monthly result is always a positive step to know that operators are using the Program to continually achieve their best. Thankyou to all who are involved in our Audit Program and for achieving such great efforts. We look forward to continue working with all the Aircraft Operators in the future.

Building Personal Resilience Program

More workshops for the Building Personal Resilience Program are available to help aviation personnel manage their mental health more effectively. The response was very positive with attendees looking forward to the next workshop. In a time where mental health for everyone is paramount, this workshop could be the boost your organization needs. We are open for registrations now. Please refer to BARS Website for up and coming workshop dates and times.
Course delivery: 
  • 2 x 2.5 hours OR 4 x 1.25 hour modules (spaced 3 - 4 weeks apart)
  • Discussion based; simple and straightforward, evidence-based materials
For information on how to register and cost, email:

Prices are available for individual and group bookings.

BARS Upcoming Training and Events

Managing Contracted Aviation Risk - Offshore

Tuesday 14 Sept to Friday 17 Sept 2021

Managing Contracted Aviation Risk - Onshore
Tuesday 5 Oct to Friday 8 Oct 2021 – Americas time zone
0900 CDT – 1230 CDT (1400 UTC – 1730 UTC)
Tuesday 12 Oct to Friday 15 Oct 2021 – Asia Pacific time zone
0900 AWST – 1230 AWST (1000 UTC – 0430 UTC)

Auditor Accreditation Course
Wednesday 20 Oct to Thursday 21 Oct 2021
1600 AEST – 2200 AEST (0500 UTC – 1100 UTC)

Building Personal Resilience Program

The 2021 Calendar of BPR Programs are now open for registration, please refer to the website for all dates and times.


Workshop 1 - Tuesday 14 September 2021
Workshop 2 - Tuesday 12 October 2021
1700AEST to 1930 AEST (0700 UTC to 0930 UTC)

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