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IHST Restructures U.S. Helicopter Safety Team
Monday, March 18, 2013 (6811 reads)General

WASHINGTON, DC - The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is adding additional focus to its safety efforts in the U.S. helicopter community by designating two of its current executives to lead the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) and concentrate solely on safety issues within the U.S. civil helicopter community. This team will be co-chaired by industry and government. James Viola, FAA Flight Standards Division, has been named the government co-chair and Bill Chiles, president and chief executive officer of Bristow Group, has been named as the industry co-chair of the USHST.

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IHST Releases Three More Helicopter Safety Leaflets for 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 (5476 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 (5868 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 (5808 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 (6194 reads)General

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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