Our last event was held on August 7-9 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. The Helicopter Safety Alliance, the FAA Safety Team, and the US Helicopter Safety Team came together for a three-day event that featured a two-day annual meeting of the USHST, followed by a one-day safety seminar for small helicopter operators in the area.
This was the first time that the USHST Annual Meeting was open to the public. Attendees discussed the current state of the industry and further ways to enhance helicopter safety. The last day of the meeting was a Helicopter Safety Alliance Regional Stand-Down that featured speakers from the USHST in addition to our regular speakers, including HSA staff, the FAA, and other volunteers.
This event was an opportunity to discuss the various ways that the US Helicopter Safety Team, the FAA Safety Team, and the Helicopter Safety Alliance can work together to assist small helicopter operators in developing strong safety programs.
Our next event will be the Syracuse Regional Helicopter Safety Stand-Down, which will be held Sep. 21 at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (KSYR) at the Million Air Hangar.
The Syracuse Stand-Down will feature discussions by helicopter-specific speakers on the real problems facing small helicopter operators in the region. In addition to our staff presentations, we are pleased to have talks on helicopter safety by Tony James, former lead accident investigator for the FAA; Matt Rigsby, FAA Air Safety Investigator; and Bruce Webb, Airbus Helicopters.
Pilots, maintainers and managers of small helicopter operations will take home some valuable safety enhancements that can be used immediately in their daily routine. Registration for the day-long event is free; WINGS and AMT credits are available.