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IHST to Sponsor Free Workshops at HeliExpo Event in Dallas

CHICAGO - The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) will sponsor four free workshops at the HAI HeliExpo event in Dallas.  All four of the education sessions will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11th at the Dallas Convention Center.  They will focus on helping operators, pilots, trainers, and mechanics develop a new safety culture.  Listed below is a brief description of each workshop.

9:00 am to 11:30 am, IHST Infrastructure Workshop – Mr. Thomas Judge, CCTP

Building on the workshops at the 2011 HeliExpo and International Helicopter Safety Symposium meetings, this workshop will review current helicopter infrastructure issues and what is needed to move to a complete low level IFR / performance based navigational system for helicopters in order to improve system safety and reliability.

 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, SMS & Decision Making Workshop, Mr. Fred Brisbois, CHCM  & Dave Huntzinger, PhD, CSP, FRAeS

This session will provide an overview of the IHST’s Safety Management System (SMS), including discussions on the priorities and sequence of implementing the various attributes of a Safety Management System. Participants will gain insight into how to prioritize their SMS implementation strategies. A review and practical exercise of ’just culture’ also will be featured. The second half of this workshop will focus on pilot decision making.  It includes a review of decision making theory and processes, and a review of case studies to gain insight into common errors and techniques using a Flight Risk Assessment Tool to improve decision making.

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Report from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University On Research to Support IHST’s Accident Reduction Goals – Ms. Katherine Hilst

This presentation will summarize the research completed by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to identify the best training strategies and products to support the recommendations of the IHST goal to reduce the worldwide helicopter accident rate by 80 percent.  The session will encompass system safety, aviator learning, and teaching modalities for development of effective training strategies and educational products.

1:30 pm to 5:30 pm, IHST Safety Intervention Strategy Workshop – Mr. Stuart “Kipp” Lau

This session will summarize IHST analysis of U.S. helicopter accidents and present the top twenty recommended intervention strategies to reduce the accident rate.  Topics will encompass training, flight data monitoring, maintenance, safety management systems, and other technologies that enhance rotorcraft safety.  The IHST will facilitate discussions with attendees on how they can best implement these interventions in their operations.

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) was formed to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were affecting an unacceptable helicopter accident rate.

The group’s mission is to reduce the international civil helicopter accident rate by 80 percent by 2016.

This effort is co-chaired by a government member (the FAA) and by an industry member (HAI).  Major industry participants include the Helicopter Association International, the American Helicopter Society International, the Helicopter Association of Canada, Bell Helicopter, Sikorsky Helicopter, Eurocopter, Shell Aircraft, CHC helicopter, and AgustaWestland.  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 and in the Middle East/North Africa region.
More information about the IHST, its reports, its safety tools, and presentations from its 2011 safety symposium can be obtained at its web site: (www.IHST.org).

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