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 Issue 79, 30 September 2020

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.

 

Stay safe

David Anderson
Managing Director

ARM and TAC to be delivered online this November

The 24th Technical Advisory Committee (TAC24) and the 20th Audit Review Meeting (ARM20) scheduled for 18-19 Nov will go ahead via remote teleconferencing. The agenda will be scaled back but will allow the important matters that will need to be discussed. They are a great opportunity for safety information sharing and collaborating on lessons learnt from this crisis up to now. 

ARM and TAC  will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform. Please make sure your computer/device is equipped to Microsoft Teams capabilities prior to the start of the event. 

Please contact the BPO for any further queries.
Please note the BARS Program Office in Melbourne is currently in lockdown and all staff are working remotely so our office phone is unattended, please contact using the BARS Email.


ARM20, Wed 18 Nov, 2020 Time: 1600 AEDT or 0500 UTC


TAC2 Thursday 19 November 2020

Session 1a: (BMO’s Only) 0900AEDT or 2200UTC

Session 1b: (Open) 0945AEDT or 2245UTC

Session 2: (Open) 1600AEDT or 0500UTC

Aircraft Operators still achieving GOLD remotely

With the pandemic keeping flights on the ground we are proud to confirm our Aircraft Operators are taking this time to keep up their BARS Registration and be ready for take off. We congratulate Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, Heli SGI (SGI)Los Andes CorpPHI.Inc, Fortescue Helicopters and Pel Air Aviation Pty Ltd  for achieving GOLD this month.  

We would really like to say well done to these Aircraft Operators and their ongoing achievement. Thank you to all who have been involved in our Audit Program to achieve these results and we look forward to working with all the Aircraft Operators.

Goodbye and Good Luck to our BARS Quality Manager, Obaid Siddique.


We would like to take this opportunity to give a warm goodbye to one of our fellow employees. Obaid Siddique or better known as Obi is leaving us after 4 1/2 years of service at the BARS Program Office to further his career and broaden his experience as an ISO Assessor. Obi has been the BARS Quality Manager constantly reviewing audits and the BARS safety related data but one of Obi’s finer qualities is his ability to adapt and his general flexibility which has meant he has been our fire warden, meeting organizer and planner and generally across most facets of the BARS Program.

Obi has been instrumental in the ongoing continued improvements of the BAR Standard and quality data outputs from the BARS Program Office. He was one of the key personnel in the Program receiving its ISO9001 certification. His casual demeanor and relaxed attitude has always meant he was great to have in the office but out of the office Obi is also known for his exceptional ability as a cricket player, fitness abilities, and a good friend to many. Over the lockdown period with our office working remotely, Obaid achieved some major life milestones with getting married and becoming an Australian citizen. We will all miss him but wish him the best in his future endeavours.

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