Helicopter Team Sets Safety Goal


The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team, an industry-government partnership, has set a goal to reduce fatal civil helicopter accidents by 20 percent by 2019. The team said recently its efforts will focus on improving personal protection, aircraft equipage, pilot judgment and pilot decision-making. The team said total helicopter accidents have decreased by 52 percent compared to 10 years ago. In addition, fatal accidents are down 41 percent and the fatal accident rate is down 60 percent over the same time frame.

The Safety Team said its efforts for this year will include a thorough analysis of fatal accidents from 2009 to 2013, to help develop specific recommendations for intervention. The team also plans to enhance its outreach to all helicopter industry areas, with special emphasis on personal/private flying, aerial agricultural application and emergency medical services. The Safety Team has been working since 2013.