ANALYSIS: OFFSHORE HELICOPTER SAFETY PROGRAMME ADVANCES RAPIDLY
29 Jan 2015
A recent update from Flight Global
"Advances in safety reasoning related to offshore oil support helicopter operations are rapidly being consolidated into practical measures, according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
The agency has published an interim report assessing progress in its plan, launched in February 2014, to improve sector safety. The safety review was prompted, it says, by "five significant accidents between 2009 and 2013".
In the report, the CAA highlights the principal areas receiving attention: improving passengers' chance of escape and rescue in the event of ditching, reducing risks around helidecks, raising pilot training standards - especially for flight in instrument meteorological conditions, improving understanding of technical failures - especially in critical parts, and making technical failure alerts more reliable and effective.
The agency says: "Ten months on from the publication of our review, substantial progress has been made toward improvements in offshore helicopter safety."
"One of the key findings of the CAA's review was that while helicopter operators all had their own safety management systems (SMS), there were differences in what these addressed. However, the CAA notes that operators had already recognised this issue before the publication of the review, and launched their own initiative - the Joint Operators' Review - which aims to share safety data and identify and agree on best practices. This led to the establishment of Heli Offshore on 21 October 2014 - a safety organisation involving five of the world's largest helicopter operators."Read on at Flight Global >>