Regulatory, Training

IHST Hosts Safety Workshops in Dallas

By Staff Writer | February 7, 2012

Among the more than 300 volunteers for the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) are (left to right) FAA’s Larry Buehler, Terry Palmer, manager of rotorcraft safety programs for FlightSafety International, BJ Raysor, director of aviation ops for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Fred Brisbois, director of aviation and product safety for Sikorsky, and FAA’s Sue Gardner, program director for IHST, shown here at Rotor & Wing’s Safety and Training Summit in 2010.  Photo by Andrew Parker

The International Helicopter Safety Team is sponsoring four workshops on Saturday, February 11 during Heli-Expo 2012. The first session, IHST Infrastructure Workshop with Thomas Judge, CCTP, runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This session will build upon the workshops presented at Heli-Expo 2011 and the IHST symposium meetings while covering current infrastructure issues. Special attention will be placed on what is needed for operators to shift to a complete low-level IFR/performance-based navigation system.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fred Brisbois, CHCM, and Dave Huntzinger, CSP, FRAeS, will direct the SMS and Decision Making Workshop, covering the IHST’s safety management system (SMS). The first half of the session will feature a review and practical exercises into “just culture.”


The second half will emphasize pilot decision-making and reviews of decision-making theory, processes and flight risk assessment tool case studies.

Katherine Hilst will present the report from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on research to support IHST’s accident reduction goals from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The report is the result of research identifying training strategies and products in support of IHST’s goal to reduce the global helicopter accident rate by 80 percent. The final session, IHST Safety Intervention Strategy Workshop, hosted by Stuart Lau, takes up much of the afternoon from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Lau will summarize IHST’s data on helicopter accidents in the U.S. and present 20 recommendations for intervention strategies to reduce accident rates. Flight data monitoring, maintenance, safety-enhancing technologies, SMS and training will also be covered with open discussions for participants to encourage how they can implement the strategies presented within their organizations.

IHST was established with a goal of reducing the international civil helicopter accident rate 80 percent by 2016, and is co-chaired by FAA and HAI.

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