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FAASTeam Notice
Type: Helicopter Operations
Notice Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Notice Number: NOTC2717
USHST Safety Report for November 2022
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Monday, December 11, 2023

US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)

Monthly Safety Report

November 2022


Fatal Accident Rate:  0.78 (+.23) 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:  77 Days : 18 Hours : 16 Minutes : 56 Seconds

Fatal Accident Rate (5yr avg)(CY2018-22) 0.78 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours

Fatal Accident Rate (CY2022) 15 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: 19 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 116: Make & Model Transition Training

Transition training in the helicopter community is not uniformly applied, leading to accidents resulting from unfamiliarity with airframe and/or equipment.


1.  USHST will review best practices/recommendations related to transition training developed and published by other organizations (e.g., AOPA, EAA, GAJSC). USHST will use materials to create updated/unified recommendations regarding transition training in helicopters.

2.  USHST will work with FAA & industry to promote/educate on the new unified recommendations for transition training in helicopters.

3.  USHST will work with industry to increase implementation of transition training toolkit by expanding capability for ease of day-to-day operational use.

4.  USHST will promote creation of helicopter type-specific groups (e.g., type clubs) to establish a more formalized network for ongoing information sharing regarding transition training.


US Helicopter Safety Team Press Release (November 2022): 

USHST Searching for Next Industry Co-Chair


 Helicopter Safety OUTREACH events:

·  Next USHST All Hands Webinar - November 14th, 1pm EST  Register Here!

            Previous All Hands - (Sep 26, 2022)

· ROTOR Helicopter Association International - Upcoming Events

· Helicopter Safety Alliance - 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