IHST Brings Helicopter Safety Focus to U.S.
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) says it’s time to develop a team focused solely on helicopter safety in the U.S. The new team will be co-chaired by the Bristow Group’s Bill Chiles, representing industry, while James Viola from the FAA’s Flight Standards Division heads the government contingent. Even though the number of civil helicopter accidents has declined over the past six years, that decline has recently leveled off. Kim Smith, the IHST’s co-chair, believes the new direction will free the organization to concentrate on safety strategies for the global helicopter community.