The head of the new safety association HeliOffshore urged attendees of the group’s first annual meeting to pursue greater levels of inclusion and engagement with employees and customers and deliver on the group’s safety commitments.
In closing the May 8-11 meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, HeliOffshore CEO Gretchen Haskins told more than 150 leaders that “focusing on the priorities that we know will make the biggest difference to safety, together we will meet our obligation to carry people safely to and from their workplaces every day.” HeliOffshore was formed last year by five of the biggest offshore helicopter operators to share best practices throughout the industry. Haskins served as group director of the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority’s Safety Regulation Group from 2010 to 2013. There, she provided oversight of aviation safety in the U.K. She is an internationally recognised expert in human factors.
“We have the best safety experts in our industry working on the things that will make a real impact in the front line,” Haskins told attendees. “When you put that together with the support from the top of each organisation, we can achieve great things.”
HeliOffshore is focused on six priority areas, each of which was discussed in detail during the conference. These are automation, operational performance monitoring, flight path monitoring, application of health and usage monitoring, information exchange and operational standards.
The association is committed to developing what it calls a “ground-breaking” pilot monitoring study to determine how flight crews interact with complex automation in the cockpits of modern helicopters. The goal is to improve pilot training by HeliOffshore members around the world.
The chairman of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers aviation subcommittee, Mark Stevens, reinforced the offshore industry’s commitment to collaborate on safety. “We can and must do more to ensure the safety of the offshore workforce. HeliOffshore will help us to do that.”
During the meeting, the association elected two new board members to its board: Josiah Choms, CEO of Caverton Helicopters of Lagos, Nigeria and Gen. Tan Sri Muhammad Ismail bin Jamaluddin, chairman of Weststar Aviation Services in Malaysia.