Helo Safety Effort in Full Swing in Europe
The European Helicopter Safety Implementation Team (EHSIT) has released a 22-page “training leaflet” aimed at making helicopter pilots more aware of those hazards identified as major causes of accidents in Europe, specifically degraded visual environment, vortex ring state, loss of tail-rotor effectiveness and static and dynamic rollover. In degraded visual environment, the safety experts endeavor to have crews conduct a quick but thorough risk analysis. For each of the other three topics, provided is a brief description of the phenomenon, avoidance advice and recovery techniques–sometimes illustrated. The leaflet also includes a two-page preflight planning checklist. All these should help pilots make “better, more informed decisions.” The document is the first outcome of extensive analysis of accidents occurring between 2000 and 2005 conducted by the EHSIT. The organization is now planning to make more material, including videos, available for free.