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IHST Releases New Helicopter Safety Bulletins
Thursday, September 18, 2014 (44 reads)General

WASHINGTON DC – The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org), in cooperation with safety experts from throughout the civil helicopter industry, has released two new safety bulletins aimed at enhancing helicopter operations and reducing accidents.

The IHST family of safety bulletins provides important information for helicopter pilots, operators, and instructors as they prepare for flight. The newest safety bulletin topics focus on risk assessment and professionalism.

  • A Flight/Ground Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT/GRAT)
  • Setting the Right Example: Flying Safely Even When No One is Watching


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Helicopter Accident Rate Shows Double Digit Reduction
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 (167 reads)General

So far in 2014, U.S. Accident Rate is Down 12 to 22 Percent

WASHINGTON D.C. – The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has released new statistics on accident rates for U.S. civil helicopters along with new data on fatal accident rates and fatalities



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U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Calls for More Experts to Join the Effort
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (528 reads)General

WASHINGTON D.C. – The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) is calling for more helicopter safety experts to join their productive efforts to reduce accidents and fatalities in the industry.

The Implementation Committee of the USHST consists of members from industry and government who are focused on safety management, training, maintenance, and safety technology. They work together to develop educational support documents such as safety toolkits, safety bulletins, and essays to improve and increase safe helicopter operational practices. They also work on enhancing standard practices and requirements within the civil helicopter industry.



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U.S. Civil Helicopter Accidents Decrease for First Half of 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (883 reads)General

FORT WORTH, TX – The best way to describe civil helicopter safety in the United States today is “So far, so good.” Total accidents are down 17 percent during the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period last year. In addition, according to the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), the number of fatal accidents has been cut in half compared to a year ago.

From January 2014 through June 2014, there were 62 civil helicopter accidents occurring in the United States compared to 75 total accidents during the same months of 2013. During the first half of 2014, there were nine fatal helicopter accidents resulting in 15 fatalities. This compares to 18 fatal accidents during 2013 that resulted in 41 fatalities.



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For Helicopter Pilots: July is the Deadliest Month
Monday, June 30, 2014 (1703 reads)General

FORT WORTH, TX – The phrase, “Let’s be careful out there,” takes on added meaning during the month of July as it tops all other months for fatal helicopter accidents.  A decade’s worth of data compiled by the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) shows that an average of three to four fatal civil helicopter accidents in the United States (or 13 percent of the total) occur during this month.  July also surpasses all other months for total accidents with an average of 20 occurring each year.



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