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Helicopter flight data monitoring holds promise of safer EMS, offshore, LE ops
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 (8800 reads)General

From Professional Pilot July 12, 2011

Helicopter flight data monitoring holds promise of safer EMS, offshore, LE ops
Identifying threats through objective flight data analysis.
By Stuart Lau

Helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM) holds great promise to improve rotorcraft safety. Long considered a contractual prerequisite for large operators supporting the offshore oil and gas industry, HFDM is now making inroads with smaller operators around the globe. A number of industry groups and organizations are stepping up to lend a hand to those operators looking to improve their operations.

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"Rotor & Wing Magazine" – June 2011" Safety and Training
Thursday, June 16, 2011 (8837 reads)General

Have you tried to implement SMS?  It is easier than you may think.  Read about Hi Jet Helicopters in South America and their experience successfully achieving ICAO Level 1 status after implementing an SMS program using the IHST SMS Toolkit.

Hi Jet Helicopters in South America article

SMS Toolkit and video

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FAAST Maintenance Safety Tips
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 (8675 reads)General

For more Maintenance Safety Tips and Educational Materials... Register at FAASafety.gov and select "Airworthiness" in your preferences. We also invite you to enroll in and complete the on-line course titled, "Fatigue Countermeasure Training" . Find it under the FAA Safety Team link on the IHST website. Don't forget to look at the "New" IHST Maintenance Toolkit while you are there.

FAASTeam Maintenance Safety Tip
May 2011
Working to Your Limit - How do you manage the risk of fatigue-induced errors?

""""14 CFR Part 121.377 -- Maintenance and preventive maintenance personnel duty time limitations, says:
Within the United States, each certificate holder (or person performing maintenance or preventive maintenance functions for it) shall relieve each person performing maintenance or preventive maintenance from duty for a period of at least 24 consecutive hours during any seven consecutive days, or the equivalent thereof within any one calendar month.
Although aviation maintenance personnel typically work long hours, often nights and weekends, they are rarely included in aviation industry programs to fight fatigue (physical and mental). Duty time limits and other efforts to address fatigue typically are intended for flight crews - not maintenance personnel. Even the reference above only applies to Part 121 functions. 


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Just Released "The IHST Maintenance Tool Kit"
Monday, May 09, 2011 (8798 reads)General

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has just released the new IHST Maintenance Tool Kit developed by the European Helicopter Safety Team with support from members of the International Safety Team.  The Maintenance Tool Kit is intended to provide helicopter operators with a framework of guidance material to ensure that they can safely maintain their aircraft in airworthy readiness for operations in the most cost-effective manner possible. No matter what size company or how many helicopters are involved, it is essential for all the stakeholders, including the owners, operators and their customers, to agree on how maintenance is to be done and to document that agreement to assure a shared understanding and consistent execution.  


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FAA SMS Developments for General Aviation Operators
Sunday, April 17, 2011 (9041 reads)General

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)is encouraging use of a Safety Management System (SMS) for General Aviation (GA) Operators.

Information for Operators

The Internationl Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) offers an SMS Toolkit tailored to helicopter operations:

IHST SMS Toolkit

Developing an SMS Toolkit Video

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