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.
Managing Director, BARS Program