Alexandria, VA, July 6, 2015 – The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) announced today that David Anderson has been named the new managing director of FSF’s Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) program. Anderson has been the audit manager for the BARS program for the past four years. He brings more than 34 years of experience in the aviation industry. The BARS program is run out of FSF’s Melbourne, Australia, office.
Mr. Anderson started his aviation career as an apprentice mechanic in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He progressed to aircraft mechanic and then flight engineer, a position he held with the RAAF and with a commercial carrier. He holds a commercial pilot’s license and is a lead auditor with experience with BARS, IOSA, ISAGO, and QMS audit protocols.
Greg Marshall, who had been the BARS managing director for the past four years, recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia, to become FSF’s vice president, global programs.
“David Anderson will be a great leader for the BARS program. His background in safety and quality management, plus his years of working in the BARS office, makes him an excellent choice to take on this leadership role and continue BARS’ growth,” stated Jon L. Beatty, president and CEO of FSF. “As an added bonus, Greg Marshall will continue to assist the business development of the BARS program as well as his work as the FSF vice president, global programs”
The BARS program is continuing to grow and expand into new markets with new products. In addition to the original standard, which is currently on version five, it recently completed its Offshore Helicopter Operation Standard and is currently working on a standard for the Operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems, with an expected completion date later in 2015.
“This will be a great challenge to continue the work that has already gone into making BARS the success that it is,” Anderson said. “We have an excellent team in place in Melbourne and I know that we will continue to achieve success. We are confident that we can manage this transition and continue to grow with no additional resources”
Flight Safety Foundation (www.flightsafety.org) is an independent, non-profit, international organization engaged in research, education, advocacy and publishing to improve aviation safety. The Foundation’s mission is to be the leading voice of safety for the global aerospace community.
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