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FAASTeam Notice
Type: Helicopter Operations
Notice Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021
Notice Number: NOTC1923
56 Seconds to Live!
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56 Seconds to Live!

“U.S. accident statistics reveal that a helicopter pilot who unintentionally continues VFR flight into IMC will very likely lose control of their aircraft and be dead within a median time of 56 seconds. We must join industry stakeholders to do everything we can to reverse this alarming and unacceptable trend.”

Nick Mayhew, industry co-chair, US Helicopter Safety Team

What would you do if you had only 56 seconds to live? Far too often, that is the final countdown for helicopter pilots who do not make sound aeronautical decisions during all phases of VFR flight. This course provides proven tactics to help both fixed wing and helicopter pilots avoid deteriorating weather as well as learn how to respond as viable options run out. Experience a simulated accident scenario, then wind back the clock to reveal how smart decisions made at the right time are the key to survival. For more information and a registration link to an online FAA WINGS-accredited course, go to

For any questions regarding the information within this notice please contact Chris Hill, Director of Safety, HAI , at 703-302-8451 or email at