Wednesday, April 17, 2013

■ SOUTH AFRICA: NAC certified to Gold BARS standard by FlightSafety Foundation.

National Airways CorporationSouth Africa's  National Airways Corporation has announced it has become the first aircraft operator in the world to receive Gold BARS status from the FlightSafety Foundation following the successful completion of three annual audits.

NAC Lanseria
(NAC Corporation)
The Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) is the single aviation safety standard for the resource sector. Aircraft operators working for BARS member organizations worldwide will be required to adhere to the new standard, which supplements and frequently exceeds existing national and international regulations. The BAR Standard is based on best practice aviation safety principles and tailored to the needs of the resource sector.
We are absolutely thrilled to have been the first operator to achieve this exciting Gold standard. Our excellent team of people at NAC has worked extremely hard to meet and exceed the most exacting safety standards demanded by our customers across our operations. Customers can use our services with full confidence that they are in the safest hands in the industry,” said NAC CEO Martin Banner.
The BAR Standard uses a new risk-based model framed around the actual threats to aviation operations and directly linking these to associated controls and recovery/mitigation measures. 

The standard was developed by the Flight Safety Foundation in collaboration with the resource sector and has drawn from the collective experience of numerous companies, including some of the major global resources companies.