The offshore-support helicopter sector should aim in the next decade to eclipse the safety record of fixed-wing commercial aviation, Bill Chiles told R&WI’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit. CEO emeritus of Bristow Group and chairman of HeliOffshore, Chiles was the keynote speaker at the daylong event yesterday near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He stressed that the goal of eclipsing fixed-wing safety was his personal vision. HeliOffshore, established in 2014 to improve offshore helicopter safety worldwide, is currently developing its long-term goals. Chiles has a track record of setting ambitious safety goals—and achieving them. Under his leadership, Bristow in the mid-2000s launched the 'Target Zero' initiative with a goal of "zero accidents, zero harm to people and zero harm to the environment" for the company and its employees worldwide. Before an Aug 12. Sikorsky Aircraft S-76C+ crash in Lagos, Nigeria, Bristow had gone more than two years without a helicopter accident.
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