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U.S. Helicopter Accidents Reduced to Lowest Level in More Than Three Decades
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (4749 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 (4691 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 (4940 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 (5099 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 (5025 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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