Aviation Safety Experts Focus on Heliport Safety, Altitude Integration, Weather Gathering

Aviation Safety Experts Focus on Heliport Safety, Altitude Integration, Weather Gathering 28 Feb, 18, Source: USHST

Last week more than 50 aviation safety professionals and leaders from industry and government came together in Washington DC for this year’s USHST Infrastructure Summit.

The Summit is designed as an industry and government collaborative effort comprised of groups that are involved with; impacted by; have federal, state or local regulatory oversite, jurisdiction and/or enforcement of; or provide general advisory/council on:

  • Heliport Safety, Standardization, Education and Oversight
  • Low Altitude IFR Infrastructure Design and Integration
  • Aviation Weather Gathering, Dissemination & Reporting

“The goal of the summit is to define what is needed for helicopter and vertical lift operations infrastructure within the National Airspace System (NAS) Strategic Plan for the next 15 years,” said Tom Judge, USHST Infrastructure committee chairmen and Executive Director for the LifeFlight of Maine. “The format of the meeting is a problem-solving discussion between industry and government stakeholders and our partner federal regulators. Each year we develop an action plan and measure progress towards a more integrated system building on yearly tasks.”

“With all the current discussions on Capitol Hill about improving and upgrading the U.S.’s infrastructure, aviation absolutely must be a part of that discussion.  A properly designed low level infrastructure will be critical to providing a harmonious airspace for all of the current and future users looking to conduct business in the NAS,” explains Rex Alexander, one of the coordinators for the Summit.  “With the current and continued influx of UAS, Drone and VTOL aircraft coming into the market, setting up a well thought out foundation now will be vital for ensuring safety and accessibility for all parties.”

Participants in this year’s summit included representatives from: Association of Air Medical Services, Association of Critical Care Transport, American Helicopter Society International, Airbus Helicopters, Air Medical Operators Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, American Society of Testing & Materials Int., Bell Helicopter, Boston MedFlight, Department of the Interior, Federal Aviation Administration, Helicopter Association International, HeliExperts International LLC, Hughes Aerospace Corp., Leonardo Helicopters, Levitate Capital, LifeFlight of Maine, Protean LLC, Maryland State Police Aviation Command, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Center for Atmospheric Research, National EMS Pilots Association, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc., Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, Uber Technologies, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, U.S. Coast Guard, US Forest Service, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team.

Presentations included:

Airspace Weather Facilities & Equipment
Update on NAS Strategic Plan Lessons from the Gulf of Mexico 5010 Database Update
Performance Based Navigation Advances in weather cameras ASTM consensus standards
Low level routes—RTCA update Next steps for HEMS ADDS Heliport AC Revision/Update
Improving IFR Integration Incorporating MADIS Vertiports
Emerging VTOL Operations Weather Research Single Engine IFR
De-conflicting Airspace    


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