A message from David Anderson
One of the four main elements of the BARS Program is Training. It plays a very important role ensuring personnel within contract companies are aware of aviation risks and how to manage them. With the Pandemic restricting our travel, two of our training Programs, Managing Contracted Aviation Risk (MCAR), and the BARS Auditor Accreditation Course (AAC) which are normally conducted face to face have had to quickly navigate through the new challenges of being delivered as Instructor-led Online Models. This is not an easy switch and requires many hours of work to convert the content for online learning. Both training programs have now completed this work and their prospective schedules will be available on the website next week. We are expecting a strong demand for these courses so please check the dates, complete your registrations and we can look to schedule additional training when required to meet demand.
For our Member Organizations, the AAC offers the ability to attend as an Observer only, this can provide your key staff a deep insight into how the BARS Audit is delivered and the depth of rigor that comes with the BARS Audit. We have always received positive feedback from our BMO participants when they attend as an observer and we appreciate the contributions they make to the training knowledge, so please note you can still participate in the online versions as an Observer.
As Coronavirus has dramatically changed the way many organizations work worldwide we too need to look at the way we can continue to deliver our Audit Program. The BARS Program has Aircraft Operators in over 25 different countries yet not all of these have a BARS Audit team available, this presents some challenges to conduct a ‘normal’ BARS Audit. This raises the question as to raised then is how we can still provide that in-depth, quality Audit outcome our key stakeholders have come to expect from the BARS Program? With this in mind, we have been working on a strategy known as the Future Audit Model (FAM) which is a range of adjusted audit delivery models, each accommodating different circumstances and varied Auditor availability yet still delivering the full BARS Audit experience for an Operator on a yearly basis. We expect to present this strategy for future audits or FAM with more details in October and look to a roll-out date for early 2021.