Conference Convener
Mr. PK Chattopadhyay

Convener IHST Regional Conference

Jt. Director General & Head Helicopter Group, DGCA

Opp. Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi - 110 003

Tel. 91-11-24651224 Fax : 91-11-24692374

Email : pkch@dgca.delhi.nic.in



Chief Coordinator
Air Cmde BS Siwach AVSM, YSM, VM (Retd)

Chief Coordinator, IHST Regional Conference

Secretary General

The Rotary Wing Society of India

P-204, Sector-21, NOIDA-201301

Tel.: 91-120-4352040, 2536730

Email : rotorindia@hotmail.com


Enquiries may also be directed to:
Air Vice Marshal K Sridharan VM (G) (Retd)

President

The Rotary Wing Society of India

P-204, Sector-21, NOIDA-201301

Tel.: 91-120-4352040, 2536730

Email : rotorindia@hotmail.com


For other Technical Questions

Air Vice Marshal K Sridharan VM (G) (Retd)

President

The Rotary Wing Society of India

P-204, Sector-21, NOIDA-201301

Tel.: 91-120-4352040, 2536730

Email : rotorindia@hotmail.com



 

 
 

Symposium Proceedings

A task force including representatives of Helicopter Association International (HAI), the American Helicopter Society (AHS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a variety of manufacturers and voluntary organizations such as the Rotary Wing Society of India met at Hotel Le Meridian, New Delhi on 12-13 Jun'06 to hold the first International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) Regional Conference under the aegis of Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Programme South Asia (COSCAP-SA), and Directorate General of Civil Aviation ( DGCA) India.

The object of the Conference was to get the Regional views for integrating the IHST efforts with the region to develop and focus implementation of an integrated, data-driven strategy to improve helicopter aviation safety, both military and civil. Their goal is to reduce the helicopter accident rate by 80 percent by 2016 if not earlier. We urge all stakeholders in the Region to support this initiative as it evolves.





Mr. Kanu Gohain Director General Civil Aviation, India welcomed the delegates. Air Marshal Ajit Bhavanani Vice Chief of Air Staff was the Chief Guest and Capt Glenn W Herpst Chief Strategist ICAO chaired the Inaugural Session. The Plenary Sessions which were co-chaired by Mr. Matthew S Zuccaro President HAI and Mr. David Downey Manager Rotorcraft FAA had over 200 participants .The participants had helicopter operators from Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and manufacturer's safety experts from ICAO, COSCAP-SA, Australia, Canada, France, UK and USA. The meeting discussed various means of reducing accident rates, strategies of accident investigation in South Asia, the importance of sharing accident data and findings with original equipment manufacturers and government agencies, safety management systems, pilot and mechanic training. It also sought suggestions from regional operators on how they might synergize with IHST initiatives. The leading helicopter manufacturers and operators in India came forward to extend their help in making the Conference a great success.

This CD ROM contains all the significant papers presented and speeches delivered during the Conference. For easy reference they are organized chronologically, Day 1 through Day 2. This event would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. They included EADS, Global Vectra Helicorp Pvt. Ltd., HAL, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd., PHHL, Raymond Ltd., United Helicharters Pvt. Ltd., Sofema Helicopter Services Pvt. Ltd., AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, ONGC.

Our co-host included COSCAP-SA and active support from the Rotary Wing Society of India. The Editorial Committee of the IHST Regional Conference 2006 does not accept responsibility for the views and opinions contained in the materials provided herein.

Mr. PK Chattopadhya

Convener, IHST Regional Conference