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 Issue 86, 30 April 2021

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. 

David Anderson
Managing Director
BARS Program

About BARS Program Video.
We would like to Thanks all those who had a part in putting this video together.
  • All Staff, especially Ben Randazzo and the volunteers at Moranbah Airport
  • BHP and Cameron Ross
  • Worley and Darren Doherty
  • Newcrest and Mark Wheatley
  • World Food Program
  • Alliance
  • Hevilift
  • Safetywise
  • ACJC
  • Qantas Link
  • Our very own from the BARS Program, Mark Dowell 
  • And to our PR company Cole Lawson in putting this together.

Staff Profile -Juanita Farrington, BARS Membership Manager

Juanita joined FSF in March 2020 and arrived in the office for just one day before the Victorian state went into lockdown. So for the first 6 months, Juanita only knew the BARS Program Office via the screen. Juanita is an experienced membership professional with skills and experience in strategic membership development, stakeholder management as well as events and sponsorship management, mainly in the not-for-profit industry having previously worked with the Clean Energy Council and Mission Australia. 

As membership manager, Juanita is in constant communication with our current members, offering ongoing support implementing the Program. In addition, she is responsible for the onboarding and induction of new members and stakeholders into the BARS Program and is the key manager for events and training. Juanita is becoming well versed in the world of aviation and auditing and her exceptional organizational and can-do attitude has seen her already put a consistent and well-attended 2021 training schedule together and great programs for the TAC, TAC Discussion Forum, and ARM.

Juanita grew up in rural Victoria, is the proud mother of two gorgeous children, and has a dog that doesn't like to leave her side. She has an innate ability to connect with people and we are so pleased that in 2021 we can see her in person in the office again. We look forward to the great contribution that Juanita brings to the BARS Program Office. Juanita can be contacted at .

New Green and Gold for April

The Aircraft Operators are continuing to keep up their BARS Registration with great outcomes. We congratulate Alliance Airlines, Seven Four Eight (748) Air Services, Corporate Air, and Helicol S.A.S for achieving GOLD in the last month. We welcome Ecocopter Ecuador S.A and Serviciosaereos Panamericanos(SARPA) into the Program by achieving GREEN registration last month. 

A month of great results and we encourage these Aircraft Operators to keep up the good work. Thank you to all who have been involved in our Audit Program especially through the tough year we have all had from 2020 till now and we look forward to working with all the Aircraft Operators in the future.

BARS Upcoming Training and Events

BARS - Managing Contract Aviation Risk Training - MCAR Offshore

4 May to 7 May 2021

1430  CDT – 1800 CDT (Online) 

Audit Review Meeting (ARM21)
Online Tuesday 18 May 2021
09:00 AEST
International Participants
Date: Monday 17 May 2021
Time: 23:00 – 00:30 (+1) UTC/GMT

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting (TAC25)

Online Wednesday 19 May 2021

0900 – 1000 AEST – Session 1A – Closed session for Invited Guests only

1000 -1100 AEST – Session 1B – Refer to your registration for more details

1600 – 1800 AEST – Session 2 – Refer to your registration for more details

Auditor Accreditation Training

Monday 21 June to Tuesday 22 June 2021

1000 to 1600 AEST (both days)

(Monday 21 Jun to Tuesday 22 Jun 2021; 00:00 to 0600 UTC)


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