The Team encourages and facilitates the translation of the different EHEST publications. All documents are approved by the EHEST Plenary in English. This master version is then available to organisation to translate. The focus is on European languages. The table below provides an update of the translations available.
Last update: EHEST Deliverables translation update – June 2012
The Belgian Civil Aviation Authority invited pilots and safety professionals for an Helicopter Safety Day on the 27 June 2012. The focus was on Airmanship. See the Agenda. The maximal capacity of the conference room was reached just three days after the opening of the registrations. Interesting and informative day.
A presentation on EHEST and in particular the Leafleat HE2 on Airmanship was delivered:
Feb. 29, 2012, Contact: Duncan Trapp, Phone: +44 (0)1224 846455
Bristow CEO Bill Chiles and Capt. John Steel of the Irish Aviation Authority Named to the Executive Committee of the International Helicopter Safety Team
CHICAGO – The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), a worldwide organization leading a multi-year effort to reduce the civil helicopter accident rate, has added two new members to its Executive Committee – Bill Chiles, president and chief executive officer of Bristow Group, and Capt. John Steel of the Irish Aviation Authority.
Chiles heads Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated, and one of two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry with global operations. The Company has major operations in the North Sea,Nigeria, and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, as well as most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world; includingAlaska,Australia,Brazil,Russia, andTrinidad. In addition, the company provides search and rescue services and offers pilot training throughBristowAcademy.
Capt. Steel serves as the Manager General Aviation Standards for the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). Prior to joining the IAA, he was a helicopter pilot and an instructor in the U.K. Royal Navy and operated in the anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue and amphibious assault roles. On leaving the Navy, he was involved in a variety of helicopter operations such as offshore operations in the North Sea, police air support, helicopter emergency medical service, lighthouse support, marine piloting, and has included training and testing in all these areas. His civilian career also has included positions such as chief pilot, head of training and quality manager.
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) was formed to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were affecting an unacceptable helicopter accident rate.
The group’s mission is to reduce the international civil helicopter accident rate by 80 percent by 2016.
This effort is co-chaired by a government member (the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration) and by an industry member. Major industry participants include AgustaWestland, the American Helicopter Society International, Bell Helicopter, Bristow Group, CHC helicopter, Eurocopter, the Flight Safety Foundation, the Helicopter Association of Canada, the Helicopter Association International, Shell Aircraft, and Sikorsky Helicopter.
IHST members also establish international partnerships in countries with significant helicopter operations and work to encourage the overseas industries to carry out accident analysis and develop safety interventions. Worldwide partners now supporting the work of the IHST include government and industry participants from theUnited States,Canada,Brazil,Japan,Australia,India,Russia, and multiple countries inEuropeand in the Middle East/North Africa region.
More information about the IHST, its reports, its safety tools, and presentations from its 2011 safety symposium can be obtained at its web site: (www.IHST.org).
Press release: The International Helicopter Safety Team re-targets small operators with a data-driven safety culture, by Frank Colucci
The EHSIT ST on SMS and OPS invited EASA Rulemaking to provide an update during its last meeting in October. The presentation on the future EASA rules on Management Systems is available.
For more information, please visit the:
EHEST Safety Management Toolkit
An EHEST Manual and Toolkit will be published in the second semester of 2012 for comments. This Toolkit is being developed for the Complex Operators by the EHSIT to comply with the future European rules regarding the management of safety. The Toolkit includes an example database of typical helicopter hazards, which can be used as a starting point by the operators for hazard identification and risk assessment.
Present and future EASA Rules on Management Systems
COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 290/2012 of 30 March 2012 has introduced Part-ORA / aircrew. See Section II Management, ORA.GEN.200 Management system. For information on other forthcoming rules on Management Systems please refer to the EASA Flight Standards page and EASA Safety Management page.
As a follow up to the first successful helicopter safety day, the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) hosted its second helicopter safety day on 30 September 2011. This year the theme was: “Accident investigations, consequences and knowledge exchange’. This event was organised under the umbrella of EHEST.
Some 75 visitors attended the recent event in order to exchange knowledge and experiences and therefore collectively improve helicopter safety levels. A broad cross-section of people who are professionally or privately involved with helicopters attended, including pilots, instructors, owners, leasers, maintenance personnel, regulators, ‘operations & safety’ managers and (accident) investigators. A good sign, because cooperation is essential for real progress in helicopter safety!
During the course of the day, presentations were given by a range of experts, such as Gijsbert Vogelaar (Dutch Safety Board), who explained the role accident investigation boards play in investigating the causes of accidents.
Tjeerd Tiedemann and Miriam Prins (Dutch National Police Agency) explained the punitive aspects of accident investigations.
Michael Zwartelé (Heli Holland) spoke about accident investigations from an operator’s perspective.
René Zethof (Inspectorate for Transport, Public Works and Water Management – IVW) gave a lecture about the ECCAIRS database, in which the IVW records official incidents and accidents. This database can also be used to exchange available information, which was something that was specifically requested during the previous helicopter safety day.
The day concluded with a lively panel discussion.
For more information: NLR Website
EHEST encourages similar initiative to be orgnaised in each States.
David Learmount published an article in Flight International named “IHST reinforces strategy for improving helicopter safety, starting with training”. The article is availalble in the flightglobal website.