ExecuJet Australasia has officially been
accredited as the first Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) fixed
wing operator in the world with zero findings and become the
second operator worldwide to be registered without restriction
against the new risk based standard.
The BARS Program has been developed by the
Australian office of the Flight Safety Foundation, the global
independent body for aviation safety in conjunction with some of
the world's leading resource companies, including BHP Billiton,
Lihir Gold, MMG,Rio Tinto, Shell and Xstrata to make flying safer
for personnel employed in the resource sector, lifting the global
aviation safety standards.
Rio Tinto's principal adviser for Aviation
Safety, Geoff Want, said he was delighted that Rio Tinto could
partner with the FSF to develop the standard and take aviation
safety to new heights. "The BAR Standard Program is significant
step forward for the mining and onshore industry and will help
progress standards similar to those in other industries such as
gas and oil," he said.
Until now individual resource companies had
used a variety of aviation standards, impacting on aircraft
operators with duplicated efforts and mixed messages. Due to the
variety of operation types, geographic diversity and differences
in national aviation authorities’ regulatory oversight, the Flight
Safety Foundation identified an opportunity to standardise the
manner in which independent safety audits are conducted.
The BARS program is a common aviation safety standard for the
resource sector, supplementing existing national and international regulations. Based on best-practice aviation safety principles,
BARS will make flying safer for those in the resources industry by introducing a standardised safety audit across the sector
replacing multiple audits with one review conducted to a rigorous
"Based on leading aviation
industry risk management principles, I am confident that it will
improve aviation safety for everyone -companies, operators,
employees, their families and supporting communities," Geoff
Darren McGoldrick, Managing Director ExecuJet
Australasia, said, "We are very proud to have achieved a zero
findings audit and to be the first fixed wing operator globally to
do so. Our operations, maintenance and quality teams have done a
tremendous job in ensuring our operational and safety standards
are maintained to such high standard."
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