Basic Aviation Risk Standards (BARS) is an aviation safety standards developed by the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF).
In the past, each resource company had their own aviation safety standard and would engage aviation service providers to transport staff to work sites. There was no single industry aviation standard to manage their aviation safety risk. The variety of standards meant that aircraft operators underwent multiple annual audits creating unnecessary burden. There was no formal process by which safety audit results, accident data or safety findings could be shared between the companies or across the resource industry.
In 2010, major players in resource industry came together and approached the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) as an independent, impartial not-for profit organization to collaborate in establishing a global aviation safety assessment and audit protocol (The BAR Standard). The 12 founding BARS Member Organizations (BMO) then worked with FSF over twelve months to develop the BARS Program and turn it into an award winning International Aviation Safety Program.
The BARS Program has grown in membership and expanded from the resource and mining sectors to include government, insurance, commercial, defense and humanitarian organizations who also conduct global aviation activities in remote locations.
AIRFAST Indonesia has been participated in BARS Program as aircraft operator since the very early days.
Initial BARS Certification Audit was completed in 2012 where AIRFAST Indonesia demonstrated it has met the requirement of the BAR Standard, and was granted a BARS’s GREEN Registration status.
AIRFAST has maintained continuous registration with the BARS Program in the subsequent years. The GREEN registration status was transformed to SILVER registration status in 2013 and then into GOLD registration status in 2014. AIRFAST Indonesia has demonstrated its commitment in maintaining the GOLD registration status until today.
In the executive summary of the BARS audit report 2020, there is a good commendation for the Quality and Safety Management Systems:
Safety and Quality is managed as two departments under experienced Manager. They appear to have a close working relationship and sufficient resources. Separate Quality Manual and Safety Management Systems Manuals are in place, both are very comprehensive and easy for staff to follow. A software package ‘SMSPro’ is used for Quality Auditing and SMS management and monitoring. The "Document Management System" (DMS) is used to record, report, retain, monitor and analyze data for all qualifications and training requirements.
AIRFAST Indonesia maintains its GOLD status and the Auditors found ZERO Finding during BARS MC19 Remote Monitoring Audit in July 2020.