With a mix of Charter and RPT (Regular Public Transport) services throughout Queensland and the Torres Straight, Skytrans are delighted to be a BARS (Basic Aviation Risk Standard) Aircraft Operator. With several global Clients in the resource industry entrusting Skytrans with their aviation fly-in-fly out services, Skytrans continue to work on both ad-hoc and long term resource charters to keep Australia moving.
In the past, Resource companies each had their own aviation safety standard and would engage aviation service providers to transport staff to work sites at their own expense. There was no single industry aviation standard to manage their aviation 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, resource industry giants BHP and Rio Tinto came together and approached the Flight Safety Foundation (FSFL) as an independent, impartial not-for profit organisation to collaborate in establishing a global aviation safety assessment and audit protocol (The BARs Standard). The 12 founding BARS Member Organisations 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 standard is generally accepted as higher than that required by the aviation regulatory authorities. Essentially, the program establishes standard criteria in order to compare and view trends, to target specific areas of occurrence and to collaboratively reduce safety risk of charter flights. By doing so, BARS aims to achieve a higher level of quality audit and to establish greater confidence for customers and Regulatory bodies in all areas of an operation’s organisation.
As a current BARS operator, Skytrans is excited to be heading towards its’ GOLD status this year (2022). A copy of our current BARS certification can be viewed here.