USHST Issues Final Group of Safety Enhancements to Reduce Fatal Helicopter Accidents

USHST Issues Final Group of Safety Enhancements to Reduce Fatal Helicopter Accidents

25-Sep-2017 Source: USHST

The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team has completed its comprehensive analysis of the root causes of fatal accidents and has developed 22 measurable safety enhancements aimed at reducing fatalities.

The 22 safety enhancements can be grouped into four categories:

  • Competency                            Six safety enhancements
  • IMC and Visibility                 Four safety enhancements  (announced on Sept. 6)
  • Loss of Control                       Five safety enhancements  (announced on Sept. 11)
  • Safety Management                Seven safety enhancements (announced on Sept. 18)

Within the topic of Competency, the USHST will be working to implement these five safety enhancements (plus one more still in development).  They encompass in flight and training actions.

  • Development of Airman Certification Series for Rotorcraft

Action:  Develop and publish the new Airman Certification System (ACS) Rotorcraft-Helicopter series to replace the current Practical Test Standards (PTS) for internal and external industry stakeholders for airman certification.

  • Simulations for Safe Decision Making

Action:  Increase the use of relevant simulation to rehearse at-risk scenarios to educate and to develop safe decision-making.

  • Competency-Based Training and Assessments

Action:  Provide guidance on improved initial helicopter pilot training to competency in the following areas: 1) aircraft performance and limitations; 2) in-flight power and energy management training, to include prevention and recovery, if required, from settling with insufficient power; 3) basic maneuvers not defined in current guidance but essential to positive aircraft control; 4) threat and error management; 5) mission planning; 6) aircraft systems; and 7) familiarity with the Pilot Operating Handbook.

  • Make & Model Transition Training

Action:  Improve make and model transition by ensuring familiarity and the understanding of new “model specific” equipment.

  • Safety Culture and Professionalism

Action:  Develop a definition of an effective safety culture that is more applicable and relatable to the day-to-day work of frontline helicopter professionals.  Once developed, promote an understanding of this application-based definition to the helicopter community.

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