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 Issue 80, 2 November 2020

A message from David Anderson

The next few months will be some of the busiest months we have had this year with a lot going on for the BARS Program. The ARM and the TAC are coming up in November, MCAR Training sessions, Auditor Accreditation Training, and we will also be rolling out some "new initiatives".
One new initiative is the Desk Top Review, which will support our BMOs in short-notice tasking situations where there is a need for a small review service covering a one-off flight.

Another initiative to be released soon is the Small Operator Development Scheme, whereby a small operator can receive additional support in the preparation leading up to an Initial BARS Audit. We recognized that the small operators have specific areas requiring support in preparation for their first audit through analysis of our data Identifying this need presents yet another example of how the data gathered supports the decision making and development of the Program.

Business continuity is an essential aspect for any business and is especially crucial for organizations after an accident has occurred. In the contracted aviation sector, there is a strong need for the contracted operations to continue. To aid in this, we have yet another new initiative, the Business Continuity Evaluation tool. This tool will provide an independent assessment of an organization and identify gaps created in the post-accident structure and service offerings.
But the main new initiative for release is something I have previously mentioned in the Sept Issue of our newsletter. It is our Future Audit Model (FAM). There is no doubt the world of travel and movement of personnel across country borders will be very different in the coming years. As a global program, this will have a significant impact on how we are able to deliver the audit program.  This new model draws from lessons learned with the current model of the Remote Monitoring Audit (RMA). The RMA will close very soon, and the Program must go back to the traditional way of undertaking the BARS Audit; however, we still need to accommodate the restrictions and challenges we may face with the Pandemic still very apparent and global. The FAM is hoping to address a different way of getting back to business.

We will discuss the details of all these initiatives at the upcoming TAC, so please make sure you have saved the date, and when the registration notices are sent please make sure you secure your place. It is a very busy and exciting time for the Program, and we look forward to your involvement and responses as we adapt and roll-on.  

Stay safe

David Anderson
Managing Director
BARS Program

Virtual IASS 2020 A Great Success!

The 73rd Annual IASS was delivered for the first time online. With over 70 speakers from around the world, it was a fantastic showcase of the global aviation Industry. This is the 73rd annual event, and the calibre of the speakers and type of content delivered shows the influence and respect the Flight Safety Foundation has across all sectors of aviation. Over 4 days and 4 different time-zones, the IASS covered matters like COVID impacts on airline, humanitarian &, small community air services, safety systems and safety data, passenger safety, training technology, health and wellbeing. The BARS Program did an on-demand session which is still available to access on the challenges in delivering a global program during the pandemic.

Well done to the team at Flight Safety Foundation for delivering yet another great event.

Online ARM and TAC 18-19 November

We are quickly approaching our 24th Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)  meeting  scheduled for 19 November. Due to COVID19  the TAC  will again be delivered online and run over 2 sessions. Each session is unique, but delivered at times that accommodate as many regions/time-zones as possible. Although the 4 hours of total time for the TAC is less than we have seen in the past in person events, the agenda is still wide ranging and diverse and this time we are introducing subjects we can look to explore in future one-off sessions.

This TAC24 will cover personnel mental health and resilience programs; what does best practices in aviation mental health look like?, new services within the BARS Program and helicopter vibration monitoring systems. Another important task for the Technical Advisory Committee is the ratification of the BARS for RPAS Standard Version 3. The RPAS Working Group has been working hard on this project and we have now added an Appendix to the RPAS Standard covering RPAS External Load operations.

ARM and TAC  will be held using the Microsoft Teams platform. Please make sure your computer/device is equipped to Microsoft Teams capabilities prior to the start of the event. 

Please contact the BPO for any further queries.
Please note the BARS Program Office in Melbourne is currently in lockdown and all staff are working remotely so our office phone is unattended, please contact using the BARS Email.

ARM20, Wed 18 Nov, 2020 Time: 1600 AEDT or 0500 UTC

TAC2 Thursday 19 November 2020

Session 1a: (BMO’s Only) 0900AEDT or 2200UTC

Session 1b: (Open) 0945AEDT or 2245UTC

Session 2: (Open) 1600AEDT or 0500UTC

BARS Training Update

One of the key elements in the BARS Program is the delivery of the training. At this stage all training has been moved to be delivered as Instructor-led online learning. The BARS Auditor Accreditation Training will be delivered for the first time this year in early November and the second will be in December. In addition to this the new Managing Contracted Aviation Risk (MCAR) Training which was previously delivered as the AVCO Course has been delivered in the last week of October. The world map picture to the right shows where MCAR was delivered across the world. Both of these training programs are very popular and we have a calendar posted on the website showing the next sessions for each, stay tuned for more updates. We do miss the in person, human interaction but the new training format is proving to be great opportunities to share experiences and learn about contracted aviation risk and how the Program delivers the auditing in support of this.

Aircraft Operators still achieving GOLD remotely

Our Aircraft Operators are continuing to keep up their BARS Registration and be ready for take off. We congratulate Helifix Operations, Ecocopter S.A., Shine Aviation, TAB Charters and Shortstop Jet Charter for achieving GOLD this month.  

Through the challenging times the world is experiencing is a great result to have these Aircraft Operators keep up the good work. Thank you to all who have been involved in our Audit Program to achieve these results and we look forward to working with all the Aircraft Operators.

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