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Type: Helicopter Operations
Notice Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Notice Number: NOTC2379
USHST Monthly Safety Report - May 2022
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US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)

Monthly Safety Report

May 2022


Fatal Accident Rate:  0.79 (+.24) 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:  7 Days : 01 Hours : 11 Minutes : 56 Seconds

Fatal Accident Rate (5yr avg)(CY2017-21) 0.75 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours

Fatal Accident Rate (CY2022) 8 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours


Average number of days

between fatal accidents:

Longest time between

fatal accidents (past 5 yrs):                

2018: 14 days

107 days (2020)

2019: 16 days


2020: 18 days


2021: 17 days


2022: 14 days




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 22a: Detection and Management of Risk Level Changes During Flight  

        The flight environment is often dynamic, and not every contingency can be anticipated or scripted in advance. The pilot in command (PIC) is ultimately responsible for the safety of a flight; however, non-flying crewmembers have a pivotal responsibility in working with the PIC to ensure safety. When unexpected changes are encountered, it is paramount that the PIC and the non-flying crewmembers quickly detect the elevation of risk, communicate it to each other, and collectively decide on a reasonable resolution or mitigation. This H-SE will work to promote recommended practices for effectiveness at each stage in the process (detection, communication, and decision).

· Recommended Practice: Detection and Management of Risk Level Changes

· Recommended Practice: U.S. Army Aircrew Coordination Training

· Using Crew Resource Management on All Helicopter Flights

· Crew Resource Management Briefing Card


    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


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