Welcome to the April 2024 US Helicopter Safety Team e-newsletter!

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Welcome to the April 2024 US Helicopter Safety Team e-newsletter!

We sincerely appreciate your participation and interest in Helicopter Safety. The USHST is comprised of dedicated volunteers from industry and government who are committed to eliminating fatal accidents. While our volunteers come from the FAA, NTSB, and Vertical Aviation International (formally the Helicopter Association International), who have come together to reduce accidents in our community,. The USHST also participates with the VAST – Vertical Aviation Safety Team, which consists of International Regional Safety Teams, of which we are part.

The goal of the USHST is not an easy task: Reduce the 5-year average fatal accident rate to 0.55 per 100K hours by 2025.  The USHST uses the 5-year average fatal accident rate from CYs 2014–2018 (0.62 per 100K hours) as their baseline for measurement. This goal will be revised by the USHST in 2024.

Current Summary

March Totals:  7 accidents, 0 fatal accidents, 0 fatalities

  • For the first month so far in FY24, a fatal accident did not occur.
  • This was the first time since FY12 that a fatal accident did not occur during March.
  • Of the 7 accidents during the month, 3 involved Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) and 3 involved Personal/Private operations.
  • Of the 3 HAA accidents, preliminary information suggested bird involvement in 2 of the 3.

FY24 Summary

FY24 Totals:  44 accidents, 7 fatal accidents, 16 fatalities

Accidents (includes both fatal & non-fatal accidents):

  • The FY24 estimated accident rate for Oct-Mar was 3.22 per 100K hours (6% higher than the same period in FY23 and 6% lower than the 5 year average for the same period).
  • Personal/Private continued to lead all industry sectors with 12 accidents (28% of the FY total). HAA and Air Tour/Sightseeing tied for second highest, with 6 accidents in each industry sector (each accounted for 14% of the FY total).
  • For the 6 HAA accidents from Oct-Mar, 5 out of the 6 (83%) had bird involvement either documented in the preliminary information or the final NTSB report. This included 1 fatal accident.

Fatal Accidents:

  • The FY24 estimated fatal accident rate for Oct-Mar was 0.51 per 100K hours (16% lower than the same period in FY23 and 32% lower than the 5 year average for the same period).
  • 16% of the accidents that have occurred in the FY have been fatal.

Fatalities:

  • The FY24 estimated fatality rate for Oct-Mar was 1.17 per 100K hours (19% lower than the same period in FY23, 30% lower than the 5 year average for the same period).

U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) Calendar Year Metrics

Includes only helicopter accidents that meet the following criteria:

  1. U.S. registered aircraft
  2. Operating in the US and US territories (includes offshore)
  • USHST Goal:  Reduce the 5 year average fatal accident rate to 0.55 per 100K hours by 2025.  The USHST uses the 5 year average fatal accident rate from CYs 2014-2018 (0.58 per 100K hours, revised from 0.62) as their baseline for measurement.
  • Through March 2024, the five-year average fatal accident rate for the fiscal year 2020-2024 was 0.65 per 100,000 hours.

The USHST has several initiatives to enhance and improve helicopter safety, and welcomes your participation:   

Helicopter Safety Enhancements or HS-E’s – A Summary Report can be found here: https://ushst.org/h-se-details/

HS-E’s are one of the USHST’s cornerstone safety products. Each HS-E is a thoroughly researched document that is composed by Subject Matter Experts to provide a depth of understanding about a specific topic. HS-E’s can also consist of white papers with recommended practices, calls to action, videos, posters, webinars, or checklists. CFI’s—these can be a great resource for your students! In each USHST Newsletter, we will examine one of the HS-E’s from the USHST library.

This Newsletter will feature HS-E 123: Simulations for Safe Decision Making. This is a link to a video that describes the use of scenario based training in simulators. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W55mZArDJco

Please provide us your feedback at https://ushst.org/join-ushst/ or let us know if you would be interested in volunteering or want to volunteer a friend!    

Thank you for your dedication to helicopter safety! 

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