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BARS E-NEWSLETTER

home | resources | events                                 Issue 34, 20 December 2016
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2016 has certainly been a full and exciting year for the Foundation and the BARS Program. A long list of achievements within the Program and a few milestones reached, so let's take a look at some of the highlights throughout the Year.

We delivered Version 6 of The BAR Standard earlier in the year and this has been followed up with the Implementation Guidelines and Question list. This brought LOC-I as a threat with associated controls into BARS as well as recognizing Competency Based Training for crew qualifications and experience, to provide pathways to deal with the demands Aviation will face in the Future.

We released the RPAS Standard as Version 1, the Aerial Mustering Standard as a Version 2 and we will cap the end of the year by releasing Version 3 of the Offshore Helicopter Operations Standard. This has been a huge project with the move toward the HeliOffshore Safety Performance model, a great example of how industry can collaborate together for better safety outcomes and a consistent way of achieving this.

Another significant effort was the rebuild of the Foundation website. This was led by the US head office team and our Melbourne office working on the BARS web-pages. The contemporary new design contains features like the federated search and seamless links to our partners, Skybrary and Aviation Safety Network which makes using the resources of the Foundation a lot easier. Great work from Frank and Amy on this area.

In 2016 Nine new Operators joined the BARS Program and eight other Operators have achieved Gold registration for the first time. Congratulations to these operators for their achievements.

The team here in the Melbourne office have done a fantastic job this year. Peter, Obaid, Katie, Mark, Amy and Eduardo, special mention also to former employees, Kelley and Matt who contributed a tremendous effort throughout 2016.  We do not do this alone: we have great support from Jon Beatty and the Head Office team in Virginia, our Board members, the BARS Member Organizations, the Audit Companies with their auditors and staff, our contractors and of course the Aircraft Operators.

The Technical Advisory Committee is made up of the representatives of our subscribed member organizations. We work very closely with the TAC to ensure the BAR Standard is contemporary, relevant to their needs, and that the audits will suit their purpose.

What to expect for 2017?
As with every quality organization, the BARS Program Office will be looking for continual improvement and efficiencies on how we deliver the BARS Program to our stakeholders. We will be expanding on the RPAS Standard and how this can assist this new sector of aviation.  Barely a day goes by without some mention of what RPAS/UAVs can contribute to aviation or what sort of risks RPAS generate to the sector. Our software platform - BARSoft will be upgraded to provide features and analysis of the data - and return useful material to industry. Further research will be dedicated to other areas where a risked based approach can help improve safety in our industry.

On a final note, Bill McCabe, who was a Colonel in the USAF and later Global Head of Aviation for Dupont, has been a board member for our Australian business and also the Flight Safety Foundation US Board of Governors for some time. Bill is off the board at the end of 2016. He has been a source of fantastic support and guidance over the years and I would like to offer our thanks for his effort over the years, it is greatly appreciated.
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I hope you have found our BARS E-Newsletter useful throughout the year.  We will be back in the New Year with much more information and updates on the BARS Program and the Flight Safety Foundation in general. We encourage feedback, if you have any ideas, suggestions etc please get in touch with us.
 
Wishing you all a happy, safe and healthy festive season and all the best for 2017.

David Anderson
Managing Director, BARS Program

Lets End the Year with an update on the New Green and Gold AO's


2016 finishes on a great note, with Summit Air, and Intan Ankasa Air Services, both achieving Gold Status.

Canadian Helicopters Limited, Nam Air and Airwork Africa are all new Operators, and we extend them a warm welcome to the Program.

Congratulations to all the Operators for achieving BARS GOLD Registration whether its for the first time or as a continued achievement.Great Work by all!

Some of the BARS Member Organizations

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