Worldwide Helicopter Safety Teams Will Release Accident Data at Heli-Expo 2018
Best Practices to be Shared by North America, Europe, Brazil, Russia Safety Experts
The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) will gather its worldwide partners in a safety briefing and best practices panel discussion in Las Vegas at Heli-Expo 2018. International teams representing nearly 50 countries will present and summarize 2017 accident data, discuss industry strengths and weaknesses, and highlight actions being taken to improve safety and reduce accidents.
WHAT: Media briefing to release 2017 accident data and confer about best practices for reducing accidents.
WHO: Helicopter safety officials from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Russia.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
at 11:30 a.m. in Room N240
WHERE: Heli-Expo 2018
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
About the IHST: The IHST was formed in 2005 to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to promote helicopter safety and work to reduce accidents and fatalities.
The IHST is working with global partners and regional safety teams to develop strategies to move in concert on the common themes, with the greatest impact in the personal flying and training segments since extensive analysis by the IHST has identified that the groups most likely to have a helicopter accident are general aviation pilots, trainees, and small operators. IHST is also working with regional teams to develop complementary products for use worldwide, address unique regional needs locally, and implement a plan to share these products worldwide. Social Media strategies have been developed to reach more individuals and operators.
Current strategies include efforts to:
- Educate target audiences about the condition of helicopter safety and reasons behind helicopter accidents
- Convey to audiences a sense of what progress is being made toward the IHST goal
- Convey to audiences information about the worldwide partnership effort within the IHST
- Raise the awareness that IHST “tools” can improve helicopter safety
Today nearly 40 countries support the efforts of the IHST and global growth continues every day. In addition to the United States, safety teams have been established in Canada, Europe, Brazil, India, Japan, Middle East-North Africa, and expansion efforts in Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South America continue. Regional Partner communications continue to improve with periodic webcasts held as the result of a concept initiated at the 2011 International Helicopter Safety Symposium. Regional updates on their respective pages in the Global Partners section of the website provide proof of the progress being made toward a measurable and significant reduction in the global helicopter accident rate.