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Interest In Helicopter HUMS May Be Humming
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 (13029 reads)General

Helicopter maintenance and safety could be significantly enhanced through greater use of health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS), experts say.

"Stepped up use of HUMS could reduce accidents," said Mark Liptak, an aviation safety engineer with the FAA's Safety Data and Analysis Services, as well as program director for the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST)--an international body that wants to cut worldwide helicopter accidents by as much as 80% by 2016.



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The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST)
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 (10871 reads)General

A Bit of History

The IHST came to life in a meeting at the American Helicopter Society International headquarters in early 2004 with participants from the Helicopter Association  International, the FAA, helicopter manufacturers and others interested in the reduction of helicopter accidents. In order to get the movement going, the first International Helicopter Safety Symposium was held scheduled for everyone to meet in Montreal, Canada in September 2005. Industry interest and attendance was overwhelming.  More...



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ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY
Thursday, January 22, 2009 (10432 reads)General

By Fred Brisbois

Director, Aviation & Product Safety, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Co-Chair, Safety Implementation Team of the International Helicopter Safety Team

Life is full of opportunities and challenges.  Some are daunting and at first may seem impossible or at least be very intimidating.   Aviation Safety offers its own opportunities and challenges.  Death or injury sustained in the crash of a helicopter is as tragic as it is in the crash of an airliner.  Shouldn’t we afford the same level of safety to everyone regardless of what type aircraft they are flying in?     



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IHST Launches Redesigned Web Site
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 (11098 reads)General

IHST is pleased to announce the newly redesigned web site, specifically with the needs of IHST in mind. The information is better organized and structured. The new site is modeled after the CAST web site with their permission, as was the concept for IHST itself. Much effort was put forward to insure that the logon usernames and passwords remain the same. Many thanks to Mark Liptak, Kay Brackins, Sun Yi, and Ed DiCampli for this effort.



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IHST Newsletter - October 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 (9829 reads)General

The October 2008 IHST Newsletter contains articles on:

• EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Update on our new committee co-chair, international outreach activity, and involving the insurance industry. By Mark Liptak



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