A message from David Anderson
In May of each year we hold the first of the biannual Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings where the subscribed BARS Member Organizations (BMOs) meet to oversee the evolution of the BAR Standard(s) and the progress of the BARS Program. For this TAC25 meeting, Version 5 of the BAR Standard for Offshore Helicopter Operations (SOHO) will be ratified. One of the key objectives of the founding BMOs was that the process of regularly reviewing and updating the Standards should be timely and efficient. The BAR Standard and the BARSOHO are thoroughly established on a 2-year review cycle using the TAC and the working groups to provide the input and material for update of the document. Flight Safety Foundation through the BARS Program Office supports this work with a Standards Review Team, graphic design work and administrative support throughout the process.
This 5th version of the SOHO has some great additions to ensure the Standard is relevant to the offshore sector whether they be undertaking passenger/cargo movement to offshore rigs/platforms or vessels, marine pilot transfer, hoisting, medevac/SAR operations or windfarm support and this new version even has a addition of a wellbeing policy encouraging personal wellbeing and resilience for operators. SOHO Version 5 maintains its alignment with the HeliOffshore Safety Performance Model and has achieved alignment with other industry guidance. A key advantage to industry is that SOHO is provided to the community as a Standard, ready to use by contracting companies and aircraft operators alike and supported by a robust audit program, thereby saving industry wasted effort in duplicated audits and differing expectations from different contracting companies.
In the second half of 2021 the Aerial Mustering Standard will be under review and following this the work for Version 9 of the BAR Standard for publication in 2022.
As we did in 2020, this TAC25 will be online while we continue to deal with travel restrictions associated with the pandemic. The agenda will contain best practices in wildlife management, returning aircraft to service after storage and a highlight will be the launch of the FSF/Keil Centre Personal Resilience Program. This Program will be available for the BARS Aircraft Operators and our BMOs - another great reason to be involved with the BARS Program.
The BARS Program training has continued success with great uptake and support, we have the first MCAR Offshore training coming up the first week of May and we are seeing increasing demand for the MCAR Onshore training. This is now delivered on a published calendar basis allowing our BMOs to plan well ahead. Courses are run on alternative time slots schedule so one course will be suitable for attendees in the Americas time zone and the next course will be suitable for the Europe/Africa time zone.