NLR to host helicopter safety day

NLR to host helicopter safety day 3 Sep, 10, Source: NLR

The National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) will host a Helicopter Safety Day in Amsterdam on Friday, 10 September 2010. This day (to be held in Dutch language) will centre on safety improvements in helicopter use. It will also be possible to have a look at the NLR helicopter simulator.

The annual number of (avoidable) helicopter accidents is still too high (approximately one per year in the Netherlands, and some with fatal consequences, such as the recent helicopter crash at Maasvlakte near Rotterdam). This situation has prompted international initiatives (by the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and its European branch, the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST)) aimed at improving this (relatively constant) safety trend. Possible solutions to achieve improvements include strengthening the ‘safety culture’, improving training programmes and introducing new technologies. Communication with stakeholders (helicopter users, regulators, accident investigators, etc.) is a critical aspect in these efforts. By hosting this Safety Day, NLR will provide a platform for stakeholders to share their knowledge and experiences, and thus improve helicopter safety together.

Several speakers have been invited for this event. Marieke van Hijum, safety analyst at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will shed light on the European contribution to the International Helicopter Safety Team initiative. She will also describe a variety of accident scenarios, dwell on suggestions for improvements, and discuss activities currently under way at EHEST. Patrick Bosman, aviation advisor at Shell Aircraft International, and Daan Remie, flight operations manager at ANWB Medical Air Assistance, will discuss helicopter safety in their respective operations areas. To conclude, all attendees will be invited to participate in a panel discussion with the aforementioned speakers and with one another.

The target group for this event includes everyone involved in helicopter use on a professional or personal level. All pilots, instructors, owners, leasing agents, maintenance personnel, regulators, operations and safety managers, air traffic controllers, heliport managers, (accident) investigators, etc. will therefore be challenged to participate in this event, since…

Helicopter Safety Is Everybody’s Business!

Background information on the initiatives can be found at http://www.easa.europa.eu/essi/ehestEN.html and http://www.ihst.org

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