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Type: Helicopter Operations
Notice Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Notice Number: NOTC2092
USHST Monthly Safety Report - October 2021
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US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)

Monthly Safety Report

October 2021


Fatal Accident Rate:  0.72 (+.17) 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:  7 Days : 03 Hours : 04 Minutes : 56 Seconds

Fatal Accident Rate (5yr avg)(CY2017-21) 0.72 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours

Fatal Accident Rate (CY2021) 15 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours


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 123:  Increased Simulation/Education to Develop Safe Decision Making

Community should promote the wider use of all available simulation to create increased awareness and educate all pilots during ab initio training and front line operational recurrent training regarding the at risk situations identified by the USHST’s data driven analysis


1. USHST SEA Training Team will form an H-SE 123 Subject Matter Expert (SME) team composed of simulation subject matter experts from FAA and industry.

2. H-SE 123 SME team will work to eliminate any barriers in existing guidance and oversight that may currently inhibit or discourage increased use of helicopter simulation devices. The specific intent is to prevent future fatal accidents by enabling a greater number of pilots to be safely educated on at risk scenarios at all levels of simulator training.

3. In parallel with Output 2, the USHST SEA Training Team will work with industry to identify specific at risk scenarios, address the feasibility of their inclusion or further emphasis in simulator training for both ab initio and recurrency sessions, promote their inclusion, and recommend how the most recently identified at risk scenarios can continue to be routed to the simulation training providers.  


US Helicopter Safety Team Press Release (June 1, 2021): 

International Rotorcraft Community Launches Collaborative Safety Program


Helicopter Safety OUTREACH events:

· Next USHST All Hands Webinar - TBD

             Previous All Hands - Low Altitude Operations (May 2021)

· HAI Upcoming Events



USHST Facebook (2,283 Members, 3 New)               USHST LinkedIn                      USHST Twitter

To view all USHST Monthly Safety Reports, click on the link below:

For any questions regarding the information within this notice please contact Clarke Pleasants, Program Chair-Rotor, ERAU, at 928-7774730 or email at