A message from David Anderson
Issue 99, Jun. 30, 2022
May and June have been very busy months for the BARS Program with many significant developments for the Program. Late May ended with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC27) and Audit Review Meeting (ARM23) conducted here in Melbourne for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. It was wonderful to be back with face-to-face meetings and to be able to reconnect with our Member Organizations, Auditors, and Aircraft Operators.
A TAC27 outcome was the ratification of Version 9 of the BAR Standard following the regular 2-year update cycle. Version 9 holds some great enhancements including safety intelligence as a new control, enhancement of the Personal Readiness control, and fire containment bags (EFB) protocols. The helicopter external load controls also had a focused review and update in this edition. Version 9 is now available from the BARSoft platform or the BARS webpage, the Implementation Guidelines will be available shortly and we are in the process of translating the Standard into French and Spanish.
TAC27 was also a chance to formally launch the RPAS Audit & Registration Program. In just one month we have had 7 RPAS Operators enroll in the program and they are currently working toward their first BARS for RPAS Audit. The work on Version 1 of the BAR Standard for Utility and Energy sector operations was also ratified with the work continuing as we aim to have Version 2 in production soon. This new Standard addresses the many unique operational risks when working on, or around power lines, including stringing, vegetation control, insulator washing, construction, platform & skid operations. At TAC27, we discussed in depth the excellent work from the Foundation’s “Learning From All Operations” working group and the recent report on how this applies to contracted aviation in the resource sector. We were privileged to have Dr. Hassan Shahidi, the Foundation’s CEO inform our panel discussion alongside the TAC Chairs Kevan Reeve of Rio Tinto, and Frans Kruger of Anglo American. Other excellent topic contributions included an update on the activities of HeliOffshore provided by their CEO Tim Rolfe, contributions on airport emergency response capabilities for remote airfields from both Steve Srhoy and Jarrod Bell, Contracted Aviation Peer Support (CAPS) services presented by Cameron Ross, RPAS operational risks lead by Andrew Sutherland, and the issue of safety relating to hot loading of helicopters. These were just a small example of the many pertinent matters raised and solutions sought.
I cannot fail to mention the very important lead-up to the TAC in the form of the day-long session with our BARS Audit Companies and the Audit Review Meeting. Often I have noted the Auditors and Audit Companies in the BARS Program are the eyes and ears for trends and safety-related information for the Program. Delivering a good quality Audit Report is hard work and the Auditors do a great job in often remote and isolated situations – the ARM is conducted on a six-month cycle and keeps the flow of information strong and the Program continually delivering good results.
Finally, yet another milestone was passed in May with the 1000th BARS Audit being delivered with the 2nd BARS Audit on VistaJet in Malta. VistaJet was the 213th Aircraft Operator to join the Program back in Sep 2021 and we have had another 17 Operators joining the Program since then and another 9 awaiting their first Audit! The system data shows on average each year there are 1000 downloads of BARS Audit reports from our member organizations and on average each Operator’s report is downloaded 16 times. A clear example of how a single BARS Audit can satisfy multiple customers and save the Operator from duplicated and redundant Audits. Kind Regards, David Anderson Managing Director BARS Program