Compared to over 35 accidents in 2012, 2019 has seen less than five onshore resource sector aviation accidents. The trend corresponds with the Flight Safety Foundation’s Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) Program 10th anniversary.
David Anderson, BARS Program Managing Director, said: “The Flight Safety Foundation developed the first Basic Aviation Risk Standard in collaboration with 12 Australian and American resource and mining companies to provide a more efficient means of monitoring, assessing and analyzing safety risks associated with contracted aircraft operators.
“As one of only three globally recognized standards, BARS’ Global Safety Data Analysis Program is a collaborative industry initiative that aggregates audit information to identify gaps in aviation risk management and improve safety standards across the industry.”
Mining company Cerrejón joined the BARS Program in 2012 after fellow BARS Member Organization (BMO) BHP Billiton introduced the company to its auditing processes.
Cerrejón aviation manager Yesid Suarez described becoming a BARS member as a ‘win-win’ for both the BMO and aircraft operator. “The BARS Program provides a ready-made framework to manage aviation risk providing us and our staff more confidence while travelling,” Mr Suarez said. “As a BARS member, we are proud to be part of a program that is constantly identifying risks and trends to advance safety for all.”