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Lower Nighttime Flight Hours = Higher Nighttime Helicopter Accidents
Thursday, December 04, 2014 (203 reads)General

FORT WORTH, TX – As the nights get longer and the blue skies fade to a wintry grey, flight skills and experience become more important factors for safe helicopter operations.  Six years of safety data compiled by the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) shows that more than half of all civil helicopter accidents occurring at night involve pilots with less than 100 hours of night flight experience.  In addition, pilots with less than 500 hours of night operations experience are involved in 78 percent of nighttime accidents.



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IHST Releases New Helicopter Safety Bulletins
Thursday, September 18, 2014 (1113 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 (1288 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 (1508 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 (1932 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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