Rocketmine, a South African subsidiary of the Delta Drone Group, is the first drone operator in Africa to obtain both Basic Compliance Verification (BCV) and Basic Aviation Risk Standards (BARS) certifications, after almost a year of auditing through independent consultants.
This achievement speaks directly to the company’s safety and compliance culture. Rocketmine’s safety and quality departments, in conjunction with qualified pilots and operational staff, drew on daily safety experience and practice to complete these rigorous audits.
“This is a huge endorsement for the Rocketmine brand; particularly for our safety and quality departments, who manage our strict and extensive safety structures,” Christopher Clark, Rocketmine managing director, said. “It is independent verification our safety and compliance standards remain at the highest levels possible.”
The BARS Standard was developed by the Flight Safety Foundation to meet an identified need for common global aviation safety assessments and audit protocol. It is completely independent and quality controlled; the first of its kind in the resource industry and is drawn from the collective experience of numerous companies as well as industry best practice.
Both the BARS and BCV audits were completed by SGS Aviation Compliance – an international, independent aviation consultancy – using dedicated standards for RPAs operators. The company was specifically assessed in its specialist role as a drone survey operator.
Remote and on site assessments included examination of organisational and management structure and supporting documents, operational approvals, exemptions and privileges and supporting documents, presence of a safety management system, quality risk management frameworks and systems and RPA fleet details, as well as supporting documentation of RPA pilots and crew and Civil Aviation Authority permission approvals.
The process is stringent, thorough and detailed. It needs dedicated resources to prepare and deliver correct documentation, as well as existing safety systems against which compliance is measured. The Rocketmine team devoted just over 11 months to this project satisfying all areas of the audit. Once achieved the audits are conducted on an annual basis to ensure continued compliance.
This achievement demonstrates Rocketmine standing as industry leaders in safety, compliance and operational standards.
“Being the first drone operator in Africa to obtain both the BCV and BARS certifications sets us apart of the rest,” Clark said.