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Type: Helicopter Operations
Notice Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Notice Number: NOTC2655
USHST Monthly Safety Report for October 2022
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US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)

Monthly Safety Report

October 2022


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:  47 Days : 18 Hours : 01 Minutes : 56 Seconds

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

Fatal Accident Rate (CY2022) 14 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 91: Enhanced Helicopter Vision Systems

Research, develop, and promote the use of enhanced helicopter vision systems (EHVS) technologies (e.g. Night Vision Goggles, Enhanced Vision Systems, Synthetic Vision Systems, Combined Vision Systems, etc.) to assist in recognizing and preventing unplanned flight into degraded visibility conditions due to weather and to increase safety during planned flight at night.

1. FAA to research/evaluate helicopter vision-enhancing technologies and operational concepts for advanced vision systems. This will require communication with existing industry vision system manufacturers to get a well-informed perspective of available technology.

2. FAA to develop policy changes to allow for the use of vision enhancing technologies (Update FAA Order 8260.42B Advisory Circulars 90-80B, 90-106A, and FSIMS 8900.1). Review 14 C.F.R. § 91.175/176 and decide whether a regulatory revision through rulemaking would be necessary for the H-SE to be implemented.

3. Industry and FAA to develop and conduct outreach program to promote use of vision-enhancing technologies.


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 - November 14th, 1pm EST       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