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Type: Helicopter Operations
Notice Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Notice Number: NOTC2174
USHST Monthly Safety Report - December 2021
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US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)

Monthly Safety Report

December 2021


Fatal Accident Rate:  0.73 (+.18) above goal of 0.55 fatal accidents per 100K hrs by 2025

USHST VisionA Civil Helicopter Community with Zero Fatal Accidents


“Safety by the Numbers” (Monthly Metrics):

Days since last Fatal helicopter accident:  10 Days : 03 Hours : 13 Minutes : 56 Seconds

Fatal Accident Rate (5yr avg)(CY2017-21) 0.73 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours

Fatal Accident Rate (CY2021) 18 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours


Loss of Control-Inflight (LOC-I), Unintended Flight into IMC (UIMC), Low Altitude Operations (LALT). 

USHST continues to work on the implementation of 16 Helicopter - Safety Enhancements (H-SE) developed through data-driven analysis of 104 fatal accidents.  The H-SE’s use Outreach, Policy, Technology/Equipment, and Training to reduce fatal accidents in these categories.


H-SE 125: Pre-Flight Risk Assessment for Student Pilots 

Prevent fatal helicopter training accidents resulting from inadequate preflight risk assessments, provide recommended practices for pre-flight risk assessment guidance and advisory information specific to the training environment.

1. Review existing flight training pre-flight risk assessment material. Identify gaps between recommended practices and findings from USHST fatal accident analysis. Consolidate recommended practices.

2. Develop guidance for the inherent risks associated with the flight training environment, thereby allowing mitigation to be implemented to 09/15/2017 DRAFT Page 2 reduce the risk as low as reasonable possible (ALARP) prior to and during the training flight.

3. USHST SEA Training Team deliver suggested pre-flight risk assessment guidance to the FAA for possible development into an Advisory Circular to support establishing a standard for pre-flight risk assessments on training flights.

4. If an AC is developed, then promote the contents of the AC to flight instruction organizations.


US Helicopter Safety Team Press Release (November 2021): 

USHST Names FAA’s Karen Gattis as Government Co-Chair

Helicopter Safety OUTREACH events:

·  USHST All Hands Webinar – Coming Soon!

             Previous All Hands - Winter is Coming! (December 2021)

· HAI Upcoming Events



USHST Facebook (2,316 Members, 15 New)             USHST LinkedIn                      USHST Twitter

To view all USHST Monthly Safety Reports, click on the link below:

For any questions regarding the information within this notice please contact Clarke Pleasants, Program Chair-Rotor, ERAU, at 928-7774730 or email at