HE10 – Teaching and Testing in Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD)

18 December 2015 – This leaflet provides guidance to helicopter instructors and examiners on how to conduct aircrew training and testing in FSTDs, and provides basic principles on how to get the best use of this invaluable training asset. The benefits of FSTDs are covered in the previously published leaflet HE6 “Advantages of Simulators (FSTDs) in Helicopter Flight Training”.
The leaflet HE10 addresses additional aspects, such as FSTDs and training credits definitions, types of training and testing permitted on FSTDs, teaching, examining and testing techniques and competences, the different types of examiner certificates, basic principles and good practices, and differences between helicopter and FSTD.

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Category General, Training

HE11 – Training and Testing of Emergency and Abnormal Procedures in Helicopters

14 December 2015 – This leaflet provide guidance and safety tips for pilots, instructors and examiners on the subject of training and testing of emergency and abnormal procedures. Subjects include theoretical knowledge training, Human Factors, Threat and Error Management (TEM), Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), Risk Management, flight training, scenario-based testing, hazards involved in simulating systems failures and malfunctions during flight, autorotation and Simulated Engine Off Landing (SEOL), modern technology helicopters (Glass Cockpit / automation), and upset / unusual attitude training.

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Category General, Training

HE9 Automation and Flight Path Management

28 September 2015 – This document identifies current best practice on automation and flight path management. Over the years helicopter manufacturers have used more automation to assist crews and reduce manual flying workload. The rapid advances in technology have given rise to significant capabilities. Automation has contributed substantially to the sustained improvement of flight safety. Automation increases the timeliness and precision of routine procedures reducing the opportunity for errors and the associated risks to the safety of the flight. The helicopter community has however experienced incidents and accidents where automation and complex flight displays have been significant factors. This leaflet reviews the basics of automation and provides a list of principles for optimal use of automation and flight path management.

Category General, Technology

EHEST Publishes Helicopter Instructor Guide

2 July 2015 – One if the important ingredients for flight safety is a properly resourced training sector. Some of those resources can be quite fundamental. For example, an important contribution to training is for flight instructors to have available to them a basic guide to flying training. In response to this need, EHEST contacted the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) which has developed a flying instructors’ manual incorporating extensive feedback from the helicopter training community. CASA has kindly made this manual available to EHEST for dissemination. Some changes have been incorporated to reflect European terminology and syllabus contents. The EHEST Helicopter Flight Instructor Manual is comprehensive and fully illustrated. Part 1 addresses Principles and Methods of Instruction and Part 2 provides Ground and Air Instruction Exercises. It will be a great resource for the European flight instructors, who may freely download and use this manual.

Users are encouraged to provide feedback to ensure that any further revisions meet industry needs. You can email your feedback to us at: ehest@easa.europe.eu.


Category Featured News, Training

HE 8 – The Principles of Threat and Error Management (TEM) for Helicopter Pilots, Instructors and Training Organisations

12 December 2014 – The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) today published a new safety promotion leaflet on  the Principles of Threat and Error Management (TEM) for Helicopter Pilots, Instructors and Training Organisations (HE 8). Data analysis  confirms that a continuing significant number of helicopter accidents occur due to poor decision making and human performance made both prior and during flight. The aim of this leaflet is to introduce and illustrate the concept of TEM to flight crews and training organisations. Leaflet HE 8 is part of a series of safety leaflets and publications aimed at sharing good practices, which are freely available on the Training and Safety Promotion section of the EHEST website. Click here to download the leaflet.

Japanese: HE 8 – The Principles of Threat and Error Management (TEM) for Helicopter Pilots, Instructors and Training Organisations_JA


Category Decision making, Featured News, General, Japanese, News, Training

HE 7 – Techniques for Helicopter Operations in Hilly and Mountainous Terrain

13 May 2014 – The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) today published a new safety promotion leaflet on techniques for helicopter operations in hilly and mountainous terrain. The leaflet aims to help pilots and instructors understand basic principles, threats, errors and possible undesirable aircraft states when flying in mountainous terrain. Developed in partnership with major stakeholders, the leaflet also provides guidance to manage the risks associated with these operations.  Click here to download the leaflet.

Japanese: HE7 – Techniques for Helicopter Opertions in Hilly and Mountainous Terrain_JA

Category Decision making, Featured News, Japanese, News

Safety Promotion Leaflet on Using Advanced Navigation Technology Safely

The European General Aviation Safety Team (EGAST) published a new Safety Promotion Leaflet on Using Advanced Navigation Technology Safely. The market for onboard navigation technology is evolving quickly. The immediate potential safety benefits are numerous including reduced workload and unprecedented information to enhance situational awareness but the technology may also come with hidden risks including overreliance on systems and distraction. This Leaflet, which is also of relevance for the helicopter community, intends to raise awareness on potential traps and share good practices for better and safer use of advanced technology for navigation in day VFR.

Category Featured News, General, News, Training

HE 6 – Advantages of simulators in Helicopter Flight Training

9 July 2013 - The EHEST publishes today a new Safety promotion leaflet on the advantages of simulators in Helicopter Flight Training. The purpose of this leaflet is to highlight the various helicopter flight simulation training devices available and to also review the additional training and safety benefits related to recent technological and regulatory developments.




Category General, Training

HE5 Training Leaflet – Risk management in training

March 2013 – EHEST published their latest Safety Leaflet  “HE5 – Risk Management in Training for Helicopter Pilots and Instructors”. The document was developed in partnership with major stakeholders and provides tools and methods to improve risk management in training. Training for autorotation is used as a practical example to illustrate the process.


Category Featured News, Training

Safety Management Toolkit – August 2012

2 August 2012 - EHEST released a comprehensive Safety Management Toolkit developed with consideration to EU rules on Air Operations (Annex III, Part ORO Subpart GEN Section II Management System) which are expected be finalised later this year. The Toolkit was designed for Complex Operators and is particularly useful for those with limited experience of Safety Management Systems (SMS). It consists of a Safety Management Manual (SMM), an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and a Safety Management Database User Guide.

The SMM is a sample manual designed to assist operators in creating their own manuals, which must be adapted to reflect individual needs, nature of operations and procedures. Since having a ERP will be required under future rules, the EHEST response plan in this Toolkit aims to help organisation to respond in the case of accidents, serious incidents or any event triggering a crisis.

Finally, the Safety Management Database User Guide provides example registers of typical helicopter hazards and risks in Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations, a unique feature provided by the EHEST for safety management purposes.

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Category Featured News, General, Management System (SMS)