Welcome to our first US Helicopter Safety Team e-newsletter! We have a great team of dedicated volunteers who are committed to helicopter safety! We are comprised of volunteers from industry and government; FAA, NTSB, and the Helicopter Association International (HAI), who have come together to reduce accidents in our community. The USHST works closely with the VAST – Vertical Aviation Safety Team, which consists of International Regional Safety Teams, which we are part of.
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.
- The CY 2019-2023 5-year average fatal accident rate was 0.72 per 100K hours through November 2023 (down .06 from the 5-year average in November 2022).
The USHST has several initiatives to enhance and improve helicopter safety, and welcome your participation:
- Safety Summits
- Helicopter Safety Initiatives or HS-E’s – https://ushst.org/h-se-details/
- All Hands Meetings & Webinars
- The USHST Website – https://ushst.org/
- Participation with the FAA FAAST & Rotorcraft Collective
Helicopter Safety Enhancements or 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; or videos, posters, webinars or checklists. CFI’s – these can be a great resource for your students! In each e-USHST Newsletter, we will examine one of the HS-E’s from the USHST library. This e-Newsletter will feature HS-E 19a: Safety Culture & Professionalism.
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!