is a worldwide effort to reduce helicopter accidents by 80 percent in 10 years," said Mark Liptak
, AVP-200, aerospace engineer, FAA
Office of Aircraft Accident and Prevention and past IHST program director.
said that IHST's
analysis has shown which types of missions contribute to how many accidents per year.
"We typically see the personal/private mission, the instructional mission and emergency medical services (EMS) as the top three on an annual basis," he
"Once an SMS is set up and operating it ought to allow the operator to address the areas they need improvement in," Liptak
"That's the goal.
"If you have people working for you that feel they can come to you and say they think there's an unsafe condition here-we need to do something about it," Liptak
So we figured the best way to reach the smaller operator was to create a generic SMS toolkit that can be tailored and scaled to fit anything from a one-ship operation up to a large multi-ship operation-and give it all free of charge," Liptak
"If you use the toolkit with some of our other available services and outreach efforts, you can make great headway on your own with minimal financial impact," he
We're on our second SMS toolkit revision now-it's been very popular.
has accepted it for use in many of their operations.
That's a big gold star for us."