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IHST News Letter- June 2008  
IHST News Letter- June 2008

by Alastair Healey and Michel Masson, EASA

Update on the Progress of the European Helicopter Safety Team and the European Helicopter Safety Analysis Team – June 2008

EHEST brings together helicopter manufacturers, operators, regulators, helicopter and pilots associations, research organisations, accident investigators and military operators from across Europe. Participants come from organisations including the following: EASA, EHA, UK CAA, EHAC, UK MoD DASC, QinetiQ, RAeS, Agusta Westland, Eurocopter, UK AAIB, Irish AAIB, BFU Germany, Bristow Group, CAA Norway, Shell Aircraft Ltd/IHST, NLR, EHOC, FOCA, FAA/US JHSAT, ENAC Italy, AIB Hungary, and Air Glacier (CH). EHEST addresses the broad spectrum of helicopter operations across Europe; from commercial air transport to general aviation and flight training activities. EHEST brings together around 130 participants, from which 70 are actively involved in EHSAT.

In 2007, the majority of EHEST’s effort has been directed at the work of the EHSAT, which has the objective to determine and implement an effective method for analysis of helicopter accidents across Europe using a dedicated method adapted from the work of JHSAT. The EHSAT process is data driven: recommendations will be developed on the basis of occurrence analyses. The scope of the EHSAT analysis are accidents (definition ICAO Annex 13) reported by the accident investigation boards, with date of occurrence starting from the year 2000 onwards and State of occurrence located in Europe. EHEST and EHSAT are committed to ensuring that the analysis carried out in Europe will be compatible with the work of the JHSAT, so that results could be aggregated at worldwide level. To tackle the variety of languages used in accident reports and optimise the use of resources, EHSAT has established regional teams in France, Germany, UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, Ireland and Hungary, and is expanding. In addition, Poland, Romania, Latvia and Slovenia participate in the EHEST. So far the countries covered by the regional EHSAT teams account for more than 90% of the helicopters registered in Europe.

Regional teams try to present a balanced range of competences, bringing together representatives from the national aviation authority, accident investigation board, a civil operator, a helicopter OEM / TC holder, pilot association, the general aviation community and, optionally, the Military.

The EHSAT held its 2nd 2008 meeting on 3-4 June in Madrid. The meeting was hosted by the Spanish EHSAT team and introduced by F. Soto, Secretary of the Spanish Accident Investigation Board. The objectives were to review analysis results and further standardise the approach among the regional EHSAT teams. By 22 August, more than 210 accident analyses are expected from aggregating the work of the regional teams. In parallel, the EHSAT is preparing version 2 of the analysis tool and process manual building on the teams’ feedbacks and suggestions for improvement. EHSAT also discussed the possibility to adapt the taxonomy developed by the CAST/ICAO Common Taxonomy Team (CICTT) for rotorcraft. (CICTT focuses mainly on large commercial fixed wing air transport aircraft). A proposal could be sent to the CICTT for international harmonisation and for future incorporation into ECCAIRS.

The EHEST (the decision making, strategy setting and planning team) held its first 2008 meeting on 6 March to approve the work and plan of the EHSAT and to prepare the 2008 Conference at HELITECH (see below). EHSAT and EHEST will reconvene on 23-24 and 25 September at EASA in Cologne.

• The 2008 EHEST Conference will take place on the HELITECH site, Cascais airport near Estoril, Portugal, on 13 October (the day before the opening of HELITECH).

• An abstract has been submitted to the 34th European Rotorcraft Forum organised by the RAeS in Liverpool, UK, on 16-19 September. Conference Call for Papers

• Andy Evans, Bristow Group, and Michel Masson, EASA, have been approved as industry and authority EHSAT co-chairs by the EHEST on 6 March

• J. Vincent, EASA, John Black, EHOC, and Jean-Pierre Dedieu, Eurocopter and EHA, act as authority and industry EHEST co-chairs, pending approval by the EHEST on 25 September

Next Meetings

• EHSAT #3-08 in Cologne, 23-24 September
• EHEST #2-08 in Cologne, 25 September


EHEST and EHSAT points of contacts:
John Vincent
, Head of Safety Analysis and Research, EASA (EHEST co-chair, acting)
+49 221 89990 2012 (Germany);

Michel Masson, Safety Action Coordinator, EASA (EHSAT co-chair and EHSAT secretary)
+ 49 221 89990 2024 (Germany);

Marieke van Hijum, Safety Analyst, EASA
+49 221 89990 2019 (Germany);

Alastair Healey, Certification Expert, EASA
+49 221 89990 4079 (Germany);

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