New mining flight standards

New safety and risk standards have been introduced for pilots servicing the resources sector.

Flights servicing the resource sector will now see a higher standard level of safety following a joint effort by BHP, Rio Tinto and the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF).

The three have been behind the launch of a new safety auditing and training program called the Basic Aviation Risk (BAR) Standard for pilots servicing the resources sector.

The program provides an auditing system to identify and assess the risk of failure and allows operators to effectively manage it.

The new standards will aim to provide an industry wide safety approach for all mine flights, aiming to eliminate the problems the industry previously saw by forcing all aviation contractors to follow a single basic risk guide line.

Currently, airlines have to perform a safety audit according to each company’s safety guidelines.

These guidelines also change from region by region according to local safety standards.

This new program seeks to provide a standard across the board for all fixed wing and helicopters servicing the resources sector, whereas the current system is more focused on reactive and prescriptive measures.

Starting in Australia and guided by the FSF, the BAR Standard will be rolled out globally from the FSF’s Melbourne office.

To date BHP, Rio Tinto, Lihir Gold and Metals Group have all signed up to the new standards, with the expectation of dozens of other resources companies also signing up to the new guidelines within the coming months.

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