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A warm welcome to 2017 and all the best for what the year will bring for you and your organization.

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we have now released the Version 3 of the BARS for Offshore Helicopter Operations Safety Performance Requirements (SPR) in late December after an extended industry consultation period. In addition to the SPR, the Offshore Implementation Guidelines provides the user with comprehensive detail and background for each element of the SPR.

One of the new features in the Offshore Safety Performance Requirements is the use of goals for each of the controls, defences and common enablers. This provides the organization a designated goal to align their activities towards achieving safety and a marker with which you can measure your safety performance. One of the recurring non-conformities we saw through the BARS Audit outcomes, was difficulty in developing meaningful safety performance targets and plans. This has highlighted another example of using the data from the Audit Program to further improve and refine the Standards. We are conducting the first Offshore SPR Audit in 1Q2017.

The Dec/Jan issue of AeroSafety World featured an article by Linda Werfelman on Helicopter External Load Operations and the trends we are seeing from the audit program. This worth a read while considering how your organization is fairing in managing the risks for these operations.

Within this newsletter are some of the events for the BARS Program that I urge you to take a look at. These are only some of the highlights for the first six months of 2017 so you can see the energy and effort the Foundation puts in to provide members the latest and most relevant information on safety in aviation. Just to give you an idea on what the Flight Safety Foundation does take a look below at this short video we put together last year - "Safety by numbers".

David Anderson
Managing Director, BARS Program
Flight Safety Foundation - Safety in Numbers

BARS Program Events

As you return to work and look at the year ahead, there are some calendar dates that should be marked in your diaries with Foundation and BARS Program events:

We are holding a BARS Auditor Course in Houston 14-16 March 2017, perfect for people wishing to become a BARS Accredited Auditor or those wishing to learn more about the BARS Program.
28-30 March 2017 sees the Foundation run the Singapore Aviation Safety Seminar (SASS) with the theme of "Stepping Up Safety: A Systematic Approach".
In May we will have the Audit Review Meeting and Technical Advisory Committee - key forums for the BARS Program, with the biannual meetings in Perth, Western Australia, over the period 02-04 May 2017.
The Foundation will also have the Business Aviation Safety Seminar (BASS) in Phoenix Arizona 04-05 May 2017. This is a great event for the business aviation sector to keep up to date with the latest in relevant safety information.
To round out the first half of 2017, in June we have the Safety Forum with EUROCONTROL in Brussels 06-07 June and then the next BARS Auditor Course in Melbourne Australia 27-29 Jun 2017

New Green New Gold

2017 brings in new levels of achievements, with Cobham, Satena and Maroomba Airlines all achieving Gold Status.

Helicol is a new Operator, and we extend them a warm welcome to the Program.

To all the Operators good work on achieving BARS GOLD Registration whether its for the first time or as a continued achievement.We look forward to reporting more throughout the year.

Some of the BARS Member Organizations

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