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BARS Program wins coveted business award

Flight Safety Foundation's Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) program has been honoured with the Governor of Victoria 2017 Export Award (GOVEA) for Business Services for its "outstanding international success" in professional business services.

October 20, 2017  By Flight Safety Foundation

BARS is a worldwide aviation safety audit program supporting the mining and resource sector, and humanitarian, government and insurance organizations, in their oversight of contracted aviation activities.

The award – presented Monday to BARS Program staff members and Julian Fraser, a member of the Board of Governors for Melbourne-based Flight Safety Foundation Limited – is designed to recognize the Australian state of Victoria’s “most successful and innovative exporters with the stamp of international success.”

As the winner of a GOVEA award, the BARS program is now a finalist for the Australian Export Award, a nationwide award honouring Australian businesses that have achieved sustainable export growth.

“This is great recognition of what a small and dedicated team can achieve in worldwide aviation safety initiatives,” David Anderson, managing director of the BARS program, said. “We have continual support of some forward-thinking member organizations in managing aviation safety as a collective and doing it in such a way as to find efficiencies and savings. Flight Safety Foundation and its regional office are leading the way with this safety initiative in the contracted aviation sector.”


The BARS program was established in 2010 to identify threats and risks to aviation operations being conducted in support of resource and mining companies. The program – which has expanded to include safety audits of aviation operations contracting with other industries, especially those operating in remote locations – is now active in 31 countries and has conducted nearly 500 safety audits.


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