The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team said it will focus its attention during the next four years on reducing fatal helicopter accidents within the U.S. The team is targeting a reduction to 0.61 fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hr, 20% less than the average since 2009. It will do so by analyzing fatal accidents from 2009 to 2013 to develop specific intervention recommendations, enhancing its outreach the entire helicopter industry and concentrating efforts in the safety areas of personal protection, aircraft equipage, pilot judgment and pilot decision-making.
During the past 15 years, the helicopter fatal accident rate has fallen, but it has been below 0.61 only twice and has spiked up in 2008 and 2013. Since 2013, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team has focused on the U.S. civil helicopter community and fatal accidents. Through 2015, total accidents have decreased for the second year in a row and the helicopter accident rate has been cut by 52% compared to 10 years ago. In addition, fatal accidents are down 41% and the fatal accident rate is down 60% compared to a decade ago.