In another world first, Airspeed Aviation of Scone NSW has achieved SILVER status BARS registration with the US-Based Flight Safety Foundation. Most BARS-registered aircraft Operators are large jet operators, whereas Airspeed is the first all-piston operator in the world to achieve Bars registration, and the first all-piston operator in the world to achieve Silver status (pending official confirmation from the BARS Program office).

The BARS audit examines nearly 300 Safety & Quality aspects of the air charter operator’s business across 4 broad disciplines. The thorough 2-day audit of Airspeed’s Safety Systems and Management systems found 100% compliance with the Basic Aviation Risk Standard, with no findings recorded against the small airline.

“This is a great achievement for a small operator such as ours” said Managing Director Ben Wyndham. “It is a huge credit to our new Aircraft Maintenance team who have lifted that side of the business to match the Flight Ops and Customer Service standards that our reputation is built on”.

The piston-engine “World’s First” status of the Silver BARS achievement was almost denied, with Airspeed Aviation only days away from introducing the Cessna Conquest turboprop-powered charter aircraft to the fleet. The Conquest is the fastest air charter aircraft available in the 9-seat class,  and its ability to climb higher than a KingAir 200, fly faster and burn less fuel means that it can beat a KingAir on price on any air charter mission.

“We were early adopters of the BARS program and we firmly believe it is this proactive stance on Safety and Quality standards that has allowed us to grow from a one-man operation and support a growing base of clients” Mr Wyndham said today.

Airspeed Aviation is based in Scone with Air Charter flights supporting the Equine, manufacturing and mining industries throughout NSW, QLD and into Victoria. Airspeed has a fleet of 8 aircraft based in Scone, Brisbane and Wollongong.

For more information: NSW – Ben Wyndham 0408 966 979 SE QLD – Ash Foster 0411 484 778