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HeliOffShore launches new safety initiative

March 27, 2017  By HeliOffShore

HeliOffshore has launched a set of automation training videos for use by its operator members, worldwide. The set of six videos demonstrate the offshore helicopter industry’s recommended practice for the use of automation.

Gretchen Haskins, HeliOffshore chief executive officer, says advanced cockpit automation has enabled the offshore helicopter industry to operate in some of the world’s most remote and challenging environments.

“In the cockpits of modern helicopters, safe flight is maintained thanks to a complex interaction of humans, technology and the environment,” says Mrs Haskins.

“We know that effective use of automation will prevent accidents, so efforts to give crews the tools, systems and processes to fly safely are a high priority in HeliOffshore’s Safety Strategy,” she says.

The videos have been made available on HeliOffshore’s website, alongside an “Automation Principles” document http://helioffshore.org/resources/ and are designed to be used as the basis for crew consideration and interactive discussion around automation issues on their helicopter types.


Captain Tim Rolfe, Director of Aviation Safety at Bristow Group, who leads the Operational Effectiveness workstream, co-ordinated the team’s development activities.

“As part of our industry’s ongoing safety collaboration, we brought together trainers and crew from a number of helicopter operators to design the videos and guidelines – the aim of which is to enhance the use of automation, worldwide,” says Captain Rolfe.

The films were recorded in Aberdeen, Scotland, with participants from Babcock Mission Critical Services, Bristow Group, and CHC Helicopter. Airbus donated time in its simulator in Dyce, Aberdeen.

Enhancing automation is a priority of HeliOffshore’s Safety Strategy, which was endorsed by its members at the association’s annual conference in May 2016.


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