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Type: Helicopter Operations
Notice Date: Friday, July 14, 2023
Notice Number: NOTC3095
USHST Monthly Safety Report for July 2023
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US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)

Monthly Safety Report

July 2023


Fatal Accident Rate:  0.71 (+.16) 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:  60 Days : 00 Hours : 07 Minutes : 56 Seconds

Fatal Accident Rate (5yr avg)(CY2019-23) 0.71 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours

Fatal Accident Rate (CY2023) 5 Fatal Accidents per 100K Flight Hours


Average number of days

between fatal accidents:

Longest time between

fatal accidents (past 5 yrs):                

2019: 16 days

107 days (2020)

2020: 18 days


2021: 17 days


2022: 21 days


2023: 22 days




Loss of Control - Inflight (LOC-I), Unintended Flight into IMC (UIMC), Low Altitude Operations (LALT). 

USHST continues to work on the implementation of Helicopter - Safety Enhancements (H-SEs) developed through data-driven analysis of 104 fatal accidents.  The H-SEs use Outreach, Policy, Technology/Equipment, and Training to reduce fatal accidents in these categories.


       US Helicopter Safety Team New Helicopter Safety Enhancements (H-SEs)   



Five USHST H-SEs approved for development and implementation:

23-01: Promote conservative go/no-go decision making (includes performance planning)

23-02: Educate hazards of low altitude operations (includes consideration of wire strike protection devices, hazard detection capability, and emerging technology)

23-03: Improve risk management of night operations (include factors unique to “dark” night operations)

23-04: Improve fatigue awareness and risk mitigation of scheduling factors leading to fatigue

23-05: Training on effects of adverse wind situations, particularly performance issues at low airspeed


US Helicopter Safety Team Press Release (May ‘23): USHST hosts webinar June 1

How pilots can better protect themselves and their passengers from bird strikes and what to do if they occur.


 Helicopter Safety OUTREACH events:

· Register for September 2023 Webinars   USHST will be hosting webinars September 11-13, 2023 with the option to attend in-person and virtually. Please fill out the form to attend and receive the latest information.                   Previous All Hands - June 1, 2023

 · 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