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 Issue 85, 31 March 2021

A message from David Anderson

Last month our newsletter listed our two main training courses: the Auditor Accreditation Course (AAC) and Managing Contracting Aviation Risk (MCAR). In addition to these two courses, we also provide Helicopter External Load Operations (HELO) and our annual recurrent Auditor training. HELO training is ideal for resource companies undertaking exploration work or companies with significant sling load operations. One BARS Member Organization reported great success by implementing a HELO training event immediately before an exploration drilling campaign in a remote location. Not only was it accident/incident-free, but they completed more drill holes than planned and completed the task early and under budget. Significant savings in time and cost and a safer campaign are great examples of the value the BARS Program training courses provide for our members. 

The Auditor recurrent training allows us to update auditors on new Program information and re-enforce well-established processes and procedures that are not frequently used. This is how we make sure auditors are across all BARS Program details when interacting with our operators and BMOs. 
In the Finding Data Analysis (FDA) report we provide our BMO's, we frequently see significant deficiencies in training, highlighting that maintaining a robust system for delivery and recording of applicable training for staff is extremely important.

The BARS Program can and does connect the different elements of safe aviation. From having a Standard, an audit program that examines that Standard, training that supports the delivery of that audit program and ensures safe operations, to the data analysis that measures performance across all of these elements. 

David Anderson
Managing Director
BARS Program

Onsite Audits are back...

An onsite audit must be conducted when two auditors from a registered and approved BARS audit company are able to travel and visit the operator's facility. This will be applicable in countries where auditors are not subject to travel or quarantine restrictions. A BARS Audit is held in accordance with the general Become a BARS Registered Aircraft Operator Procedures. 

However, we know that COVID is still creating some extenuating circumstances whereby an onsite Audit cannot be conducted. This may be due to worldwide travel restrictions, quarantining requirements, or other difficulties. We do have additional Audit delivery models available for use when approved by the BARS Program Office. Please refer to the BARS website for more details and discuss your particular circumstances with your BARS Registered Audit Company to see if you are eligible for a further facilitated approach.  

BMO's can access the Audit Reports – Audit Sharing

The design of the BARS Program allows sharing of Audit reports among BMO's which provides centralized quality assurance of the audit process and reduces the need for multiple Audits. The BARS Program's standardization enables BMOs to access Audit Reports instead of conducting their own audit of an Aircraft Operator. Access to these reports is dependent on the level of membership held within the Program. 

Benefactor and Tier 1 BMOs have unrestricted access to view all Audit Reports and associated AO profiles that are available through BARSoft. Tier 2 BMO’s receive access to view up to three Audit Reports and associated AO profiles.

Click here for more information on becoming a BARS Member Organization.

BARS Auditor Accreditation Course

The BARS Auditor Accreditation Course 34 was held online last week with 7 participants across 3 different countries; Canada, America and Australia. 4 were Auditors and 3 were observers. Congratulations to all those who attended and passed this course.

Candidates for this course already know how to Audit. During this course, they learn about the BARS Audit. Becoming an Auditor is a great way to give back to the industry you work in. The auditing prism is a way to look at organizations (your own or others) and their systems and processes to see if it works, is robust, and able to give the right outputs. Often, it can prompt questions on how you are doing things in your own organization, especially when planning a new initiative or project.

If you have an inquiring mind, good experience in your operational field, and a desire for understanding safety and quality systems, then a respected auditing training course could be your next step.

For more training dates, visit our webpage

BARS Upcoming Training and Events

BARS - Managing Contract Aviation Risk Training - MCAR Onshore

For the Americas

6 April to 9 April 2021

0900 CDT – 1230 CDT (Online) 

For Asia Pacific

13 April to 16 April 2021

0900 AWST – 1230 AWST (Online)

BARS - Managing Contract Aviation Risk Training - MCAR Offshore

4 May to 7 May 2021

1430  CDT – 1800 CDT (Online) 

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