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October has been a busy month for the BARS Program Office with a large volume of BARS audits and other very significant events.

The month started with the 26th BARS Auditor Course in Sharjah. A sincere thank you to the staff at Sharjah DCA for hosting Peter Ayre and the attendees for this training and introduction to the BARS Program.

Next we had the Global Humanitarian Aviation Conference and ongoing support of the World Food Program (WFP) and the wonderful work they do in some very challenging environments. BARS presented at GHAC on what we are doing and achieving in the resource sector for contract aviation.

October was host to the 70th consecutive annual International Air Safety Summit (IASS). It is very impressive that the Foundation has been continuously supporting and advocating aviation safety since the middle of last century!

IASS in Dublin had some interesting and thought provoking presentations on aviation safety, touching on flight operations, maintenance, cabin and runway safety factors to name a few. The highlight for me personally was hearing and meeting Erik Hollnagel and his thoughts on Safety-2. Look it up and challenge your thoughts.

Coinciding with the IASS was the biannual 18th Technical Advisory Committee meeting and 14th Audit Review Meeting where the BARS Program Office meets with our key stakeholders - the Member Organizations and Audit Companies to update and discuss the current operation and future initiatives of the BARS Program. I wish to acknowledge the wonderful support and effort of these groups in making the BARS Program what it is today.

Peter Ayre has recently been promoted to Program Operations Manager for his outstanding work as the Audit Manager of the preceding years. Peter's work in undertaking the data analysis and quality functions has been excellent and worthy of recognition.

There is still a few months left in 2017 and a lot to do. We will be rolling out our Stage 2 initiative and there will be lots of material to support this in coming weeks and months.

David Anderson
Managing Director, BARS Program

BARS Program honored for State Export Award

The Melbourne office of the Flight Safety Foundation was recognized for "outstanding international success" by the Victorian Government as the winner of the Victorian Export Award for business services for 2017. The GOVEA Award recognizes businesses for the strategy and success in projecting their business around the world. With the BARS Program being in 32 different countries, it is making a positive difference and sharing the benefits worldwide.
This award means the Foundation is now in the running for the Australian Export Awards and recognises that the BARS Program has become a world-leader by “continually improving aviation safety methods” and standards for aircraft contractors working in the resources, mining, agricultural and aid agency industries.
A great effort for our small team in Melbourne - well done Amy and Katie for the work that went into this.

Read more on this in the latest Australian Aviation and Flight Safety Industry Updates

TAC18 in Dublin

TAC18 was held this month in Dublin, Ireland and we welcome Morgan Lamb of Freeport McMoran as the new co-chair of this very important committee alongside Deon Tucker of Rio Tinto as the other co-chair.

Cameron Ross of BHP has been chair/co-chair of the TAC since the BARS Program commenced and has guided the TAC through its development to the efficient and effective committee it is today. The Program office presented Cameron Ross with a reward for his exceptional service and generous contribution within this position. Cameron’s work with the TAC continues with roles on the many Working Groups the TAC has in operation at present.

ARM14 in Dublin

The BARS Program Office was very pleased to welcome Audit Companies, Argus International, AvLaw, Litson & Associates, and SGS Aviation, to  the 14th Audit Review Meeting in Dublin this October.

These meetings are a great place for free exchange of ideas and aims for improvement of the BARS Audit Program. Much ground was covered and all benefited from the development of group awareness of the direction the BARS Program is going and the opportunities for all participants that it will bring.

We thank the Audit Company representatives for making the journey, and for their input into strengthening and developing the BARS Program, from their knowledgeable and considered point of view.

Audit Company Profile - SGS

SGS is a world leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company with more than 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS Aviation forms part of the global transportation division and offers airport management consulting, aviation training  and airline quality audits. They offer tailor made services for specific needs of both aviation and non-aviation organisations and offer a number of unique products including an Airline Risk Calculator and Global RPAS Database. SGS Aviation carries out more than 600 audits, reviews and inspections each year in more than 60 countries around the world.

SGS has been an accredited BARS Audit company since 2012. They have completed over 126 Audits in over 31 countries within the Program. As SGS has advisors based all around the world, they can provide both local expertise and lower costs of mobilization for an Audit. SGS pride themselves on helping Aircraft Operators work from the beginning of the BARS Audit process right through to the closeout of findings.
“In our experience, BARS has standardized Operator manuals and processes which will undoubtedly make them a more effective organization in the future.”

Auditor Accreditation Course in Sharjah

The DCA of Sharjah in UAE were wonderful hosts for the 26th Auditor Accreditation Course. Attending the course as observers were representatives Sharjah DCA, the DGCA of Turkey; in addition, two BARS Auditors were accredited.

As always, the level of knowledge and experience of the attendees generated good discussion and provided valuable insight into the way we all work with audits and verification in aviation. The BARS Auditor Accreditation Course provides a working knowledge of the BARS Program and the practices and principals that underpin it. The Flight Safety Foundation is most grateful to Sharjah DCA for their support and hospitality, and for making the course possible.

Auditor Accreditation Training

2018 Proposed Dates are;
Tues 20th – Thurs 22nd March –Houston,Texas USA
Tues 26th – Thurs 28th June – Melbourne
Mon 22nd – Weds 24th October – UAE 


New Gold for Aircraft Operators

In October three Aircraft Operators achieved GOLD registration, Netjets Aviation Inc, National Jet Express T/A Cobham Aviation Services, and Execujet Australasia

Again another Great effort by all on the above achievements whether its for the first time or a further ongoing achievement. We look forward to working with all of the Aircraft Operators within the Program.

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