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Type: Helicopter Operations
Notice Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Notice Number: NOTC1680
USHST Helicopter Safety Team-Monthly Report (Feb 2021)
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U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)

Monthly Safety Report

03 February 2021


Fatal Accident Rate:  0.70 (+.15) above goal of 0.55 fatal accidents per 100K hrs by 2025


USHST Vision:  A civil helicopter community with zero fatal accidents


“Safety by the Numbers” (Monthly Metrics):


Fatal Accident Rate (5yr avg)(CY2017-21) 0.70 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours



Fatal Accident Rate (CY2021) 0.00 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours


Days since last Fatal helicopter accident:  36 Days : 09 Hours : 38 Minutes : 59 Seconds


The 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-SEs use Outreach, Policy, Technology/Equipment, and Training in an effort to reduce fatal accidents from the leading occurrence categories of Loss of Control—Inflight (LOC-I), Unintended Flight into IMC (UIMC), and striking objects during Low Altitude (LALT) ops.

U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Press Release: 


Most U.S. Helicopter Accident Indicators Pointed in Right Direction During 2020


Helicopter – Safety Enhancement (H-SE) 30: Development of Airman Certification Series for Rotorcraft

Policy: FAA, with support from industry, to develop and publish the new Airman Certification System (ACS) Rotorcraft-Helicopter series to replace the current Practical Test Standards (PTS) for internal and external industry stakeholders for air-man certification


Helicopter Safety OUTREACH events:


Save the Date: NTSB Board Meeting:

Helicopter Crash, Calabasas, California

Tues, Feb 09, 0930 EST

Webinar attendees may be able to earn WINGS or AMT credits!
The USHST Facebook group has over 1,990 Members -

29 New members in the last month!  Join in on the conversation!


To view the entire USHST Monthly Report, click on the link below:

For any questions regarding this notice please contact Scott Tyrrell of the General Aviation & Rotorcraft Unit, AIR-721B, at 817-222-5121 or email at