The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today published its new European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS). The 2018-2022 edition of EPAS is part of the European Aviation Safety Programme (EASP) and is intended to provide a framework for safety work to be conducted at a regional level in support of the State Safety Programmes of EASA member states and ICAO’s Global Aviation Safety Plan.
The new EPAS document includes an extensive section on rotorcraft operations, covering commercial air transport, offshore operations and aerial work. This spells out the strategic safety priorities identified by EASA’s Offshore Helicopter Collaborative Group as being reducing the risk of helicopter upset in flight (loss of control) and terrain and obstacle conflict.
Also part of the rotorcraft section of EPAS (chapter 5.4 beginning on page 47), is a detailed summary of proposed rulemaking, research and safety-related work proposed by EASA. Topics covered include improved survivability after ditching, preventing controlled flight into terrain through the implementation of Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS), and the reduction of human factors-related accidents.
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