Safety Management System


HeliScope PNG is a BARS-Accredited Company. The BAR Standard was developed to meet an identified need to establish a common global aviation safety assessment and audit protocol which we are very proud to uphold. Safety is our number-one priority.

The BAR Standard is a risk-based model framed against the actual threats posed to aviation operations, particularly those that occur within challenging and remote environments. It directly links these threats to associated controls, recovery and mitigation measures as opposed to outdated and prescriptive formats previously used within a number of industries. The program is used by the mining and resources sector, as well as government and humanitarian and other aid agencies.  Together with additional risk assessment tools, the BARS Program is a complete package to assist organizations with the management of their aviation risk and provides users of aviation support with the level of safety assurance required by their respective organizations.*
*Source: Flight Safety Foundation.  Visit the Flight Safety Foundation website for more information.


The International Airborne Geophysics Safety Association (IAGSA) promotes the safe operation of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft on airborne geophysical surveys.

Member companies conduct low-level survey flights, and are committed to safe aircraft operations. IAGSA  develops recommended practices, serves as a center for exchange of safety information and as a repository for specialized statistics.

Visit IAGSA for more information.

With some 17,000 hours of incident/accident free flying in both rotary and fixed wing fields, CEO Giles Rooney only employs highly experienced pilots with extensive knowledge of Papua New Guinea's unique geography and weather.
HeliScope PNG's Chief Pilot, Steve Tollenaar has more than 10,400 hours and over 34 years of combined Military and Civil aviation experience. Steve has spent nine years in PNG and has thousands of hours in high-altitude, mountainous terrain.
Andy Page - Line Pilot (Training & Standards) has some 16,700 hrs. Andrew has worked throughout PNG, Australia, Canada and the Antarctic, performing all aspects of helicopter flying.
Geoff Keighley - Line Pilot has 7,200 hrs of Helicopter flying. Geoff has extensive experience in PNG, Australia, NZ and the mountainous regions of Indonesia. He specialises in heliportable precision drilling operations at altitudes as high as 16,000 ft.
For more information about our staff, see the About Us page.

In addition to our coveted BARS flight safety accreditation, HeliScope PNG caters for the most stringent client requirements for Insurance & Liability. Our accident and incident free safety record allows us to offer an enviable liability coverage.

Our aircraft liability coverage far outweighs any competitors in our class in PNG.