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Over time the forms of and ideas about communication have evolved through the continuing progression of technology. The breadth in the lines of communication from the Foundation and the BARS Program Office are by far, a lot wider and comprehensive than I am used to having but are all great tools to spread the message from our organisation. This newsletter is only one source of communication, it's worth having a look at the other following channels we provide;

  • BARSoft is our online application for managing the BARS registry and the audit system. It provides automatic notices and emails for many events in the registration cycle and audit events for the operator, Audit Company and Auditors. Users can access all the Program documentation from the library in BARSoft as well,
  • Twitter: The BARS Program has our own Twitter handle: @fsfBARS. You can also follow the Flight Safety Foundation’s head office Twitter account: @flightsafety
  • LinkedIn is a great tool for the business minded and it holds excellent group discussions on relevant subjects. We have the BARS Program Company page, the Flight Safety Foundation's Company page and a number of great discussion groups. You can also connect with myself to keep up to date with all news relating to BARS.
  • Apps; we have the BARS Operational Review app - a comprehensive tool for the additional inspections that may be required for users of the Program; and more recently AeroSafety World is the award winning safety journal from the Foundation. It covers all the relevant and up to date safety material. We now have a dedicated App in which you can download all the editions of the magazine and search for the desired subject matter. The ASW App is available for all our Foundation members;
  • The Flight Safety Foundation's website has been recently updated to a new and user friendly format. BARS Program stakeholders (operators, audit companies and BMOs) are all entitled to access the Member Area and see all the valuable material the Foundation holds on all matters safety;
  • Email: We have the address useful for general inquiries, applications for Training courses, and other information required on the BARS Program;
  • Press releases: The Foundation regularly provides press releases on important matters in the area of aviation safety. All are listed on our website for review;
  • Meetings: We hold the regular Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting with both a Closed and Open session. We also hold regular meetings with the accredited Audit Companies to discuss technical matters related to the conduct of the audit.
  • The Foundation provides four different safety seminars each year providing an excellent source of information and access to the Foundation staff and leadership group;
  • Podcasts are a new feature and available on our website. Hosted by Greg Marshall, our VP Global Operations, the podcasts showcase key people in the aviation safety arena and what they are doing and achieving;

You can see there is a multitude of inbound and outbound comms channels for not only the BARS Program but also the Foundation as a whole. I hope you can see how much the Foundation is involved with and achieving. We are a membership organization dedicated purely to safety in aviation, if you are not presently a member, or know someone who would benefit from our material, please show your support and contact our office for details on how to join.

David Anderson
Managing Director, BARS Program

Foundation Board Meeting

We recently completed our regular mid-year Foundation Board meetings in Virginia and this was a great chance to take stock and look at all the fantastic things the Foundation is doing and achieving at present. Not only the BARS Program and its world-wide coverage but the GSIP Project has now developed a great set of toolkits and information on safety data collection and distribution. In addition, we have involvement in the FAA UAS team and the work with ICAO under the Regional Aviation Safety group (RASG) and Regional Aviation Safety teams (RAST).

During the week of the meeting the FSF 5th Annual Networking Dinner and Silent Auction was held at the National Press Club. Guest speaker for the evening was John Watret, Ph.D., FRAeS, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Worldwide. It was a great, informative night and the silent Auction had some fantastic prizes with competitive bids. 

FSF Safety Performance Indicator Survey

Take the FSF Safety Performance Indicator Survey Flight Safety Foundation, as part of its Global Safety Information Project (GSIP), is conducting a survey to identify the types and categories of safety performance indicators (SPIs) used by aviation stakeholders in managing the safety of their activities. Survey responses will be invaluable to other stakeholders, including other airlines, aircraft operators and States and, once collated, we will make the results publicly available. The survey is hosted by the Fort Hill Group on behalf of the Foundation and can be accessed via this link:
The survey is open to all aviation stakeholders, and we encourage participation regardless of your type of operation or location. Thank you in advance for your time and support. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and will help advance the cause of aviation safety.

Record month for Audit Reports

July has been a very successful month for our Aircraft Operators as we have a record amount of achievement with 14 Audit reports published, of those reports there were four Aircraft Operators achieving Gold Registration and one achieving Green Registration for the first time.

Congratulations to; Sriwijaya Air  PHI, IncBristow Helicopters Australia,  and  National Airways Corporation Pty Ltd  for achieving the GOLD Registration. And to  Sahara African Aviation & Plane Easy Leasing for achieving GREEN Registration.
We know how hard it to achieve these results especially GOLD, which takes at least three audits - independent evaluations by a BARS Audit Company and all the renewal audits must be completed within the Operator's Registration period,  for each of these audits, any finding must be adequately addressed with the allocated time frame (90 days nominally). So it is with pride and recognition that we want to say "Great Work" on the above achievements whether its for the first time or a further ongoing achievement. We welcome those new to the Program and look forward to working with all the Aircraft Operators within the program.

Auditor Accreditation Training

The next Auditor Accreditation course is in Sharjah, UAE. This course is to provide training to experienced aviation auditors on how to conduct an Aircraft Operator audit using the BAR Standard Audit protocol.

The course is open to experienced Aviation Lead Auditors who wish to attain accreditation as a BARS Auditor. It is also open to those Auditors who do not yet meet the prerequisite qualifications to become a BARS Auditor but who expect to meet those requirements within twelve months of completing the course. We also enable observers so contact us for more details on this course or let a colleague know this course is available.

Next course in Sharjah:
Date: 2 - 4 Oct, 2017
Venue: Inter Aviation Services ,
Sharjah International Airport Free Zone (SAIF ZONE) – H2007. Sharjah, UAE.

EVENTS coming up......


The 70th International Aviation Safety Summit (IASS), Oct 23 - 25, Dublin, Ireland


Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting, Oct 25, Dublin, Ireland.


Held annually since 1947, the Flight Safety Foundation’s International Air Safety Summit is aviation’s premier safety summit, drawing as many as 325 representatives from 50 plus countries to exchange information and propose new directions for further risk reductions. The summit covers safety, training, practical solutions, management, human factors and other issues for scheduled airlines, manufacturers and equipment suppliers, trainers, flight crews, maintenance personnel and industry executives.

Discounted early registration for Flight Safety Foundation’s 70th annual International Air Safety Summit (IASS 2017) is now open. Foundation members and non-members are entitled to a discounted registration price if they register by Aug 4 2017.

Register now for the International Air Safety Summit 2017

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) - Get Involved!

In October is our biannual Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting with the representatives of the BARS Member Organizations. It will be held along side of the IASS in Dublin. The focus will be on the utilization of RPAS in the resource sector and the standards applied, BARS Program expansion and data analysis.

The TAC contains an Open session which invites other BARS Program stakeholders such as the Audit Company representatives and observers to attend and contribute to the ongoing Program development. If you would like to know more about the TAC, contribute or attend, then please contact the BPO for more details.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting, Oct 25, Dublin, Ireland.

Some of the BARS Member Organizations

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