WASHINGTON DC – The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), along with safety experts from throughout the civil helicopter industry, has developed new safety leaflets focused on entry into fog or cloud conditions, instructional safety, and recurrent training. The IHST now offers a total of ten new safety leaflets aimed at enhancing helicopter operations and reducing accidents.
The safety leaflets offer important information regarding two areas that affect helicopter accidents: flying into poor weather, and operating training flights safely. The new leaflet topics are:
- Inadvertent Entry Into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC)
- Instructional Safety
- Recurrent Training
Each fact sheet provides a wealth of concise information that helicopter operators will be able to use for general reference and as a training tool. They will be accessible within the “Insights” section of the IHST web site (www.IHST.org). They join seven other safety leaflets recently released by the IHST. These topics are:
- Controlled Flight into Terrain
- Density Altitude
- Emergency Decision Making
- Energy in Autorotations
- Gaining Control over Loss-of-Control Accidents
- Visibility and Minimums
- Autorotation Acronyms
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) promotes safety and works to reduce accidents. The organization was formed in 2005 to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were affecting an unacceptable helicopter accident rate. The group’s vision is an international civil helicopter community with zero accidents with a goal to reduce the international civil helicopter accident rate by 80 percent by 2016.
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 the United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Australia, India, Russia, and multiple countries in Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East.
More information about the IHST, its reports, its safety tools, and presentations from its 2011 safety symposium can be obtained at its web site at www.IHST.org and on the IHST Facebook page.