LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Proflight Zambia has recently achieved silver status under the internationally recognised Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) audit system, confirming its status as a world-class airline.
The award comes after the airline passed a series of rigorous international aviation safety audits, conducted over the past four years by BARS.
Proflight is the only Zambian airline to have been awarded the silver Basic Risk Standard by the Flight Safety Foundation, which provides a global industry benchmark for airline safety.
“Safety is the number one priority for Proflight Zambia, and continued recognition of this by international inspectors reinforces our position as Zambia’s leading aviation company,” said Proflight Company Secretary Chitalu Kabalika.
“The standard is a measure of how seriously we take safety, and how much we are prepared to invest in order to ensure international safety standards are met. It also demonstrates that safety is part of Proflight’s everyday activities and we do not cut corners,” he added.
Proflight undergoes on average five external safety audits every year, including two audits conducted by the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority and on average three by international safety organisations such as the Flight Safety Foundation.
Proflight has now passed three Flight Safety Foundation audits.
The Basic Risk Standard (BARS) was developed from an industry-identified need to establish a common global aviation safety audit protocol that can be applied to on-shore resource sector aviation support activities. It is a risk-based model framed against the actual threats posed to aviation operations, particularly those found in challenging and remote environments.
It directly links these to associated controls, recovery and mitigation measures, as opposed to the outdated prescriptive format previously used within the industry.
BARS is recognised within the aviation industry as the second highest aviation safety tier with the ultimate goal of achieving the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) widely considered as being the highest safety tier.
The latest standard comes two years after the airline was awarded an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) by the then Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). The AOC was issued by the DCA under the oversight of the aviation industry’s international regulator, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), confirming that the airline meets strict international safety, airworthiness and security standards.
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