Helicopter Safety Team Unveils Heli-Expo Seminars

Workshops focus on data-driven topics.

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This year's Heli-Expo will feature 17 educational classes on helicopter safety, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team announced.Bell Helicopter

The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team, a collaborative effort of government and industry leaders focused on improving helicopter safety, this week announced 17 educational classes to run during the upcoming Heli-Expo in Dallas March 6-9. The USHST says the bumper list of educational seminars at Heli-Expo represents the largest number of individual workshops the group has ever organized for the annual helicopter extravaganza.

Heli-Expo attendees will be able to choose from topics such as the Top 10 Undesirable Attitudes, Autorotations: Reality Exposed, Human Factors: Protecting Us from Ourselves, Flight Instructor Intervention and Risk Prevention, The Fright of Night Flight, Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring 101, The Superhero Helicopter Pilot: Training for the Industry's Future and more.

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The U.S. helicopter fatality rate over the past five years.U.S. Helicopter Safety Team

The USHST team chose the topics based on data that showed 50 percent of the 104 accidents reviewed during a five-year period pointed to just three major causes: loss of control in flight, unintended flight into IMC conditions and low-altitude operations.

USHST cooperative efforts have driven a 27 percent decrease in U.S. civil helicopter accidents since the organization’s inception in 2013, as well as a 43 percent decline in the number of fatal accidents. The USHST’s more recent goal is to reduce fatal helicopter accidents by an additional 20 percent by 2020.