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".
Managing Director, BARS Program