Main Rotorcraft Safety Issues

28 May 2020

We are often asked about the main Safety Issues for the different parts of the Helicopter Community.  On this page you can find the latest lists for each of the main operational areas.  We will build on this information with a lot more detail to help you understand more about the top issues that are identified from the collaborative analysis work.  

Offshore helicopters – Safety Issues 

The most important safety issues for Offshore Helicopter operations are: 

  • System Reliability 
  • Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Operational Communication
  • Flight Planning and Preparation
  • Navigation and Airspace Knowledge
  • Wrong Deck Landing
  • Flight Path Management
  • Helicopter Maintenance
Offshore Safety

 

Commercial ops (Other than offshore) – Safety issues 

The most important safety issues for Commercial Helicopter Operations other than Offshore are: 

  • Perception and Situational Awareness
  • Helicopter Obstacle See and Avoid
  • Operations in Degraded Visual Environments
  • Decision Making and Planning
  • Software and Configuration
  • Flight Path Management
  • Experience, Training and Competence of Individuals
Cat Passenger

 

Helicopter specialised ops (Part SPO) – Safety issues 

The most important safety issues for Helicopter specialised operations are: 

  • Perception and Situational Awareness
  • Helicopter Obstacle See and Avoid
  • Flight Path Management
  • System Reliability
  • Development and Application of Rules and Procedures
  • Adverse Weather
  • Experience, Training and Competence of Individuals
  • Handling of Technical Failures
  • Operations in Degraded Visual Environments
  • Decision Making and Planning
Part SPO

 

Helicopter non-Commercial ops (GA) – Safety issues 

The most important safety issues for Helicopter Non-Commercial operations are: 

  • Perception and Situational Awareness
  • Flight Path Management
  • System Reliability
  • Experience, Training and Competence of Individuals
  • Decision Making and Planning
  • Flight Planning and Preparation
  • Helicopter Obstacle See and Avoid
  • Operations in Degraded Visual Environments
  • Human Performance

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