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FAASTeam Notice
Type: Helicopter Operations
Notice Date: Friday, March 4, 2022
Notice Number: NOTC2298
USHST Monthly Safety Report for March 2022
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US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)

Monthly Safety Report

March 2022


Fatal Accident Rate:  0.8 (+.25) 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:  9 Days : 23 Hours : 17 Minutes : 56 Seconds

Fatal Accident Rate (5yr avg)(CY2017-21) 0.80 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours

Fatal Accident Rate (CY2022) 4 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 13A:  Utilities, Patrol, and Construction Recommended Practice Guide  



The intent of this H-SE is the wider dissemination of the recommended practices within the Utilities, Patrol, and Construction (UPAC) helicopter community. As more UPAC organizations and operators are exposed to these practices, we have confidence that it will increase the likelihood that they will build these practices into their operations, leading to an increased level of safety across the industry sector.

1. Review UPAC Safety Guide for Helicopter Operators for basic content and revise as necessary. 

2. Outreach to UPAC operators to promote and educate on the latest revisions of UPAC Safety Guide for Helicopter Operators. The following fatal accident prompted this safety enhancement:  ERA13LA057



   US Helicopter Safety Team Press Release (December 2021): 

“56 Seconds to Live” Safety Course Wins AIN 2021 Top Flight Award


Helicopter Safety OUTREACH events:

· USHST All Hands Webinar - 1-3pm EDT, 25 May 2022 Register Here!

             Previous All Hands - Meet the VAST Team (February 2022)

· HAI Upcoming Events


USHST Facebook (2,381 Members, 8 New)               USHST LinkedIn                      USHST Twitter

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