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Operators Argue Business Case For Safety Improvement Efforts

By Staff Writer | February 23, 2016

Arguments that safety makes good business sense are to be the focus of a U.S. Helicopter Safety Team presentation Feb. 29.

The morning session, “Safety and the Bottom Line,” will feature presentations on how safety initiatives and the fostering of a safety culture can result in a more profitable operation. One scheduled speaker, Dennis Pierce, will present a case study on investing in safety profitably. Pierce owns Colorado Heli-Ops, a Broomfield, Colorado, operator that performs flight training; survey, photography and utility work; sightseeing tours; and maintenance/

Another, Paul Spring, is president of Phoenix Heli-Flight in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. He plans to present a case study on the use of affordable helicopter flight data monitoring tools and usage.

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The 2-hr meeting also will include a panel discussion by industry professionals on cost-effective safety initiatives and behaviors and a review of the latest U.S. safety and accident data. The manager of the FAA’s General Aviation and Commercial Division, Jim Viola, will make a presentation on the mission and accomplishments of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team.

Viola is the government co-chair of that team, which is the U.S. arm of the International Helicopter Safety Team. More information on the teams is available at www.IHST.org.

Other Heli-Expo activities related to that team and its work include:

The Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions Threat: Avoidance and Survival, March 1 at 8:30 a.m. and March 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Pilot Error. Truth or Dare?, March 1 at 8:30 a.m. and March 2 at 8 a.m.

Aeronautical Knowledge vs. What Pilots Should Know, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. and March 2 at 9:15 a.m.

Autorotations: Reality Exposed, March 1 at 1:00 p.m.

Aviation Human Factors: Protecting Us from Ourselves, March 1 at 2:15 p.m. and March 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Rotor or Not, Here We Come: Managing Cockpit Distraction, March 1 at 2:15 p.m. and March 2 at 1:00 p.m.

Safety Management Systems for Small Fleet or Private Operators, March 1 at 3:30 p.m. and March 2 at 8:00 a.m.

Settling with Power: The Vuichard Recovery, March 1 at 3:30 p.m. and March 2 at 2:15 p.m.

My Type A is Better Than Yours!, March 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring “Unplugged”, March 2 at 8:00 a.m.

What the FRAT?, March 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Did You See That? Judging Culture, March 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Just Culture and the Accountable Executive: Why Should They Care?, March 2 at 11:45 a.m.

The Zero Accident Marathon: Training for the Win, March 2 at 11:45 a.m.

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