Since the inception of the BARS Program in 2009, the contents of the BAR Standard have been overseen by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which is made up of subscribed BARS Member Organizations.
We have just completed the 17th biannual meeting of the TAC in Perth, Western Australia, hosted by Rio Tinto. Around the table were hundreds of years of aviation experience looking to ensure that the BAR Standard is relevant and focused on the needs of the contracting companies. The Flight Safety Foundation owns the BARS Program and we host the Standard, however the contents of the Standard are derived from the needs of our customers. This presents a collaboration whereby the needs, knowledge and experience of the many stakeholders come together to oversee the content, execution of the BARS Program and expansion of the Standard. This further demonstrates how the governance of the BARS Program is independent, comprehensive and transparent.
The next TAC will be held in conjunction with the Foundations 70th IASS in Dublin in October. I hope to see you there.
An interesting fact to leave you on, the BARS Program reaches over 60,000 Aircraft Operator's employees, and more than 1600 aircraft are listed in the BARSoft system available for contract work, ranging across the spectrum of AS350 helicopters and Piper Chieftains up to S92, ATR72 and B737, aircraft.
Managing Director, BARS Program