Safer flying for miners

An Australian aviation consultancy agency has made steps to improve the safety and availability of the increasing number of Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) workers.

An Australian aviation consultancy agency has made steps to improve the safety and availability of the increasing number of Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) workers.

A Brisbane-based aviation consultancy has become one of the first in the world to receive a Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS), allowing it to audit aircraft operators servicing the mining and resource industry.

ASSET Aviation International on-staff auditors have years of high-level experience in aviation auditing and have each been accredited individually.

The BARS program sets out a stringent and uniform approach to aviation safety and was developed by Flight Safety Foundation, together with mining companies including BHP Billiton, Shell, Xstrata and Rio Tinto.

They are hoping to prevent further aviation accidents, which have affected the mining industry in recent years.

Captain Mat Petrenko, CEO of Asset Aviation, says the BARS program focuses on being proactive in identifying safety issues for operators who provide aircraft and flight service to mining companies.

“ASSET Aviation specialises in improving safety in the aviation industry. We are thrilled to have been accredited by Flight Safety Foundation to help improve safety in this sector,” he said.

“We work with major commercial airlines and operators around the globe and look forward to using this experience and insight to help the industry move towards its goal of zero harm.
 
The program has the added benefit of reducing the burden on air operators, who previously had to undergo multiple audits to satisfy each of their resource clients – with one standard, only one audit is required”.

ASSET Aviation, one of only a handful of accredited companies around the globe, will begin auditing under the BARS program this month.

 

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