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Type: Helicopter Operations
Notice Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Notice Number: NOTC2587
USHST Monthly Safety Report for September 2022
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US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)

Monthly Safety Report

August 2022

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Fatal Accident Rate:  0.80 (+.25) 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:  9 Days : 18 Hours : 52 Minutes : 56 Seconds

Fatal Accident Rate (5yr avg)(CY2018-22) 0.80 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours

Fatal Accident Rate (CY2022) 13 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 82: Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring

- The majority of fatal accidents had a lack of sufficient data to aid investigators in comparison with commercial aviation.

- Data recording devices enable proactive intervention before an event occurs.

- Flight data monitoring system could have made a difference if it was operated as part of a voluntary safety program.

- Hazardous behaviors identified with the opportunity to break the accident chain before it resulted in a fatality.

Encourage the industry to equip as many helicopters within the rotorcraft community

with helicopter flight data monitoring recording devices as possible.


1. The FAA and industry develop an educational outreach campaign.

2. To better promote installation and use of data recording devices, the FAA should clarify policy issues.


 US Helicopter Safety Team Press Release (December 2021): 

                        “56 Seconds to Live” Safety Course Wins AIN 2021 Top Flight Award


Helicopter Safety OUTREACH events:

· Next USHST All Hands Webinar - September 26th, 1pm EST Register Here

             Previous All Hands - (May 25, 2022)

· HAI 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