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U.S. Helicopter Accident Rate Cut by More Than Half During Past 10 Years
Tuesday, February 03, 2015 (3291 reads)Regional News

FORT WORTH, TX – On the heels of the news announced last month that the total number of U.S. civil helicopter accidents had been reduced to the lowest level since the early 1980s, new accident rate data is highlighting an even stronger improvement.  During 2014, the U.S. civil helicopter industry experienced 3.64 accidents per 100,000 flight hours.  This is a 26 percent reduction compared to 2013 and a 54 percent reduction compared to the 2001-05 baseline accident rate.

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IHST Safety Experts Will Offer 11 Workshops and Seminars at HAI HELI-EXPO 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015 (3145 reads)General

Members of the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) will be providing their safety advice for Heli-Expo participants in Orlando at 11 different workshops and seminars.

The IHST leads a government and industry cooperative effort to promote safety and reduce civil helicopter accidents.  Since the IHST’s inception in 2005, the number of accidents worldwide has been decreasing by an annual rate of 2 percent, and the annual number of U.S. accidents has been reduced by 30 percent.

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U.S. Helicopter Accidents Reduced to Lowest Level in More Than Three Decades
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (2812 reads)Regional News

FORT WORTH, TX – A year ago, safety experts at the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) declared that 2014 would be a pivotal year as the helicopter community worked to stem a discouraging increase in fatal and non-fatal accidents. A renewed safety education and communication effort succeeded in reversing the trend as U.S. helicopter accidents totaled 130 during 2014, the lowest total since the early 1980s

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Lower Nighttime Flight Hours = Higher Nighttime Helicopter Accidents
Thursday, December 04, 2014 (2848 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 (3151 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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