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IHST Releases Three More Helicopter Safety Leaflets for 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 (3630 reads)Regional News

WASHINGTON DC – The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), along with safety experts from throughout the civil helicopter industry, has developed new safety leaflets focused on entry into fog or cloud conditions, instructional safety, and recurrent training.  The IHST now offers a total of ten new safety leaflets aimed at enhancing helicopter operations and reducing accidents. 



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IHST Adds a HUMS Toolkit to its Safety Arsenal
Friday, February 08, 2013 (3677 reads)General

In cooperation with helicopter safety experts within the industry, the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has developed a Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS program) toolkit.  The free manual will serve as a step-by-step guide for helicopter operators considering or currently implementing a HUMS program or condition-based maintenance program. The guide also will address some unique maintenance challenges specific to helicopter operations.

HUMS programs are designed to automatically monitor the health of mechanical components in a helicopter, as well as usage of the airframe and its dynamic components. They enable aircraft to record structural and transmission usage, transmission vibrations, rotor track and balance information, and engine power assurance data. They also monitor the health of rotating components such as gearboxes, bearings, shafts, engines, and rotors through vibration, and can record parametric data from the aircraft’s bus for usage and event analysis.



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Robinson Helicopter Co. President Kurt Robinson Named to the Executive Committee of the International Helicopter Safety Team
Monday, December 10, 2012 (3793 reads)General

 

CHICAGO - The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), a worldwide organization leading a multi-year effort to enhance safety and reduce the civil helicopter accident rate, has added Robinson Helicopter Company President Kurt Robinson to its Executive Committee.

Kurt Robinson heads the Robinson Helicopter Company, which is the world’s leading manufacturer of civil helicopters.  The company of nearly 1,300 employees has its headquarters and factory located in Southern California, plus a network of more than 400 service centers that provide world-wide service and support.  Kurt Robinson has been a member of the company for more than 25 years and has been president since 2010.  He is a commercial-rated helicopter pilot and he holds an MBA and a law degree from the University of San Diego.



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PART ONE - Four Helicopter Accidents and Seven Fatalities in Just Eight Days: These Grim Statistics Reflect the Need for a Culture Change Says the IHST
Thursday, October 25, 2012 (4040 reads)General

PART ONE
Four Helicopter Accidents and Seven Fatalities in Just Eight Days:
These Grim Statistics Reflect the Need for a Culture Change Says the IHST.

From Oct. 10th to Oct 17th, the U.S. helicopter community experienced four accidents that started out as “routine” general aviation/private flights, but each ended with fatal results.

  • On Oct. 10th, a helicopter carrying three businessmen returning from a golf outing crashed into a wooded area in northeastern Pennsylvania as it struggle to land in less than favorable weather.  Two people were killed.
  • On the same day, Oct. 10th, a low-flying helicopter struck a guy-wire supporting a radio tower near Crowley, Louisiana, killing the pilot.
  • On Oct. 12th, a helicopter crashed during an evening flight in a wooded area near Fredericksburg, Texas, killing all three onboard.
  • On Oct. 17th, a helicopter went down and caught fire in woods in Bucks County, Penn., after taking off in the early morning, killing the pilot.


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Call this one: PART TWO - Four Helicopter Accidents and Seven Fatalities in Just Eight Days: Helicopter Pilots Need to Take Ownership of These Tragic Numbers Says the IHST
Thursday, October 25, 2012 (4133 reads)General

PART TWO
Four Helicopter Accidents and Seven Fatalities in Just Eight Days:

Helicopter Pilots Need to Take Ownership of These Tragic Numbers Says the IHST.

From Oct. 10th to Oct 17th, the U.S. helicopter community experienced four accidents that started out as “routine” general aviation/private flights, but each ended with fatal results.

  • On Oct. 10th, a helicopter carrying three businessmen returning from a golf outing crashed into a wooded area in northeastern Pennsylvania as it struggled to land in bad weather.  Two people were killed.
  • On the same day, Oct. 10th, a low-flying helicopter struck a guy-wire supporting a radio tower near Crowley, Louisiana, killing the pilot.
  • On Oct. 12th, a helicopter crashed during an evening flight in a wooded area near Fredericksburg, Texas, killing all three onboard, killing all three on board.
  • On Oct. 17th, a helicopter went down and caught fire in woods in Bucks County, Penn., after taking off in early morning fog, killing the pilot.


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