BARS - A Global Aviation Standard
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Issue 19, 7 August 2015

Hi, I am pleased to be addressing readers for the first time as the recently appointed Managing Director of FSF's Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) Program. This decision followed from Greg Marshall’s promotion to Vice President of Global Programs at FSF. Greg recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia to take up his new role. We congratulate Greg on all his achievements within the BARS Program and we look forward to seeing his developments in the new role.

I have been with the Foundation in the Melbourne office for 4 years as the Audit Manager and have more than 35 years of experience in the aviation industry. However, I view this new role as a great challenge to continue the good work that has already gone into making the BARS Program a success.

We have some exciting projects ahead of us in 2015. This month we completed the Offshore Standard, Competency Based Training protocol for transport category Fixed Wing and Offshore Helicopter Operations. Another BARS Auditor Accreditation Course was undertaken and we welcome South32 as they join us as a new BMO.

I look forward to bringing you more news as further developments and milestones are reached within the BARS Program.

David Anderson
Managing Director
BARS Program

New BARS Developments

BARS is entering an exciting stage as it rolls out the Offshore Standard, Competency Based Training protocol for Transport category fixed wing and Offshore Helicopter Operations. We are also aware that BARS is being seen and accepted by organizations outside the original target market of the resource sector. Insurance companies, government departments, humanitarian and NGO departments are also seeing the simplicity and value in using a shared audit program as the basis for their oversight.

The second half of 2015 leading into 2016 will see the next version of the BARS Standard (Version 6) as we work on the two yearly cycle of review and update for the Standard.

United Nations Aviation Standards as an optional category was a recent addition to the BARS Audit protocol. The Aircraft Operator can select this as an Operational Category and all the relevant UN Aviation Standards will be covered as part of the BARS Audit.

BARS Auditor Accreditation Course

July also saw the latest of the BARS Auditor Accreditation Training courses here in Melbourne. It was well attended with a total of 8 participants.

Among participants were representatives from QBE Insurance who are interested in BARS and how it can help operators understand risk assessment and safety management systems, which are both integral parts of the BARS Audit process.

The BARS Program Office is planning a course in Kenya (Nairobi) in the first week of September 2015. The cut-off date for registration is very soon, please contact the BPO to register your interest. Candidates who wish to become accredited BARS Auditors should register their interest first by the Auditor application from the FSF BARS website General observers and staff from BARS Member Organizations are also welcome.

Please contact for more information.


In July, South32 joined the BARS Program as a new BARS Member Organization. South32 has mining activities in Australia, South America and South Africa.

A very warm welcome to the BARS Program for South32

Some of the BARS Member Organizations

Safeskies 2015

Sept 23-24, 2015

Hotel Realm, Canberra, Australia

IASS 2015

Nov 2-4, 2015

Miami Beach, Florida

Up & Coming Events


Audit Review Meeting
9 November, 2015 
Phoenix, USA

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
10-11 November, 2015 
Phoenix, USA

BARS Auditor Accreditation Training Courses for 2015

Click here for more information.

1-3 September, 2015
Nairobi, Kenya

6-8 October, 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Registration cut-off:
25 August 2015

To express your interest in any of our courses, please forward your details to, stating which location(s) are of interest to you. Click on this page regularly for updates and registration details.

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