An Organizational Effort
The International Helicopter Safety Team works to identify strategic international partnerships and acts to oversee and sponsor major elements of the analysis and implementation functions. The IHST is responsible for developing and overseeing communication strategies with those media sources best positioned to promote the initiative. The basic organizational structure is shown below.
Executive Committee (EXCOM)
The Executive Committee provides leadership and executive oversight, co-chaired by industry and government. The Executive Committee consists of senior-level experience among IHST international partners who have invested significant resources and commitment. Together they establish overarching policy and strategy based on agreement of the top safety focus areas for safety interventions identified by data-driven analysis. The Executive Committee monitors and refocuses activity of teams within the IHST based on effectiveness of those interventions and newly identified focus areas.
Joint Helicopter Safety Analysis Team (JHSAT)
The JHSAT was originally established to perform in-depth analysis of helicopter accident data and identify risk reduction interventions. Early in the effort, the lead JHSAT function was fulfilled by the U.S. JHSAT. This was necessary to initiate adaptation of the successful U.S. Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) process for helicopter use and generally define the detailed role of the JHSAT in this initiative. As the project matured, the U.S. team moved into a standard analytical function focused on the U.S. accident dataset and has now been stood down as the focus shifts to implementation plans and the sharing of lessons learned. Other regional JHSATs formed to further adapt the process and pass recommendations to the regional Joint Helicopter Safety Implementation Teams (JHSITs) for implementation; all findings are passed from one team to the other with cognizance of the IHST.
Joint Helicopter Safety Implementation Team (JHSIT)
The JHSIT develops safety enhancements, evaluates feasibility of JHSAT recommendations and prioritizes implementation strategies. The initial JHSIT was formed to meet the needs of successful helicopter safety recommendation implementation. Consisting of a mix of manufacturer, operator and regulatory experts, similar to the JHSATs, there is more emphasis on expertise in the international and operational sectors as well since it will be the operators who ultimately adopt the JHSAT safety recommendations. The JHSIT is also engaged in assessing the economic feasibility of the implementation activities. Other regions have since formed JHSITs to implement regional strategies which include the adoption of risk mitigation tools IHST has already developed.
Joint Helicopter Implementation Measurement Analysis Team (JHIMDAT)
JHIMDAT measures the effectiveness of safety enhancements developed by the JHSIT and identifies future areas of study with a master safety plan. As IHST shifts focus from data analysis to implementation, this team reviews yearly data and evaluates how implementation strategies are impacting the accident rate.