The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is partnering with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to create IHST-CIS. The CIS is comprised of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. After studying similar organizations in Europe and the U.S., Viktor Ruklinski, director of the CIS Interstate Aviation Committee, said the group elected to partner with IHST.
“We’ve chosen the direction we want our [organization] to work, based on the experience of IHST,” Ruklinski said during a press conference at Heli-Expo, adding that the IHST-CIS initiative has been presented to the aviation administrations of the region for their support. After a year, the IHST-CIS plans to present a report on what the organization has been able to achieve in lowering the helicopter accident rate in Russia and the CIS.
For more about the IHST Town Hall at Heli-Expo, see the March 2012 print edition.
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