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6 May 2019

HeliOffshore 2019 Conference & AGM Proceedings

“Achieving Excellence Where it Counts

 

On 4th and 5th May 2019, more around 200 senior offshore helicopter industry leaders and global safety experts took part in HeliOffshore’s fifth annual conference and AGM in the Greek capital Athens. Delegates shared expertise; assessed, refined, and accelerated shared safety activities; and determined what measurement and feedback loops will effectively measure the progress and impact of the industry’s global safety strategy.  View the 2019 agenda and speaker biographies

As with all of HeliOffshore’s work, our annual Conference & AGM operates in strict accordance with the requirements of competition law. You can read our Competition Law Guidelines here.

The main focus of this year’s conference was on practical actions that strengthen the ability of the offshore helicopter industry to deliver on our fundamental commitment to bringing people home safely from work every day. Its key objectives were to align around how we can collectively achieve excellence where it really counts and how we can ensure–in challenging business conditions–that the right resources are in place to deliver lasting results in the frontline.

Delegates watched a new video about how standards can support organisations in achieving effective safety performance in the areas that matter most. It also addresses how to make the business case for implementing the measures that will achieve this objective. You can view this video along with recordings of the main conference presentations at the HeliOffshore YouTube Channel.

The conference brought stakeholders together to agree how to maximize the positive impact of their investment and collaboration to deliver safety priorities that have the greatest potential to save lives. There was emphasis on specific next steps and changes to ensure effective implementation, industry-wide.

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You can watch a video showing highlights and key messages from the 2019 conference via this link.

The conference also saw a new video about how the best approach to achieving safety excellence is by working together to develop solutions that have the most potential to save lives and then making these solutions available to all stakeholders. In the video, offshore industry leaders explain the two key tools we have to achieve this:  collaboration around a common set of standards; and proving the value proposition for these by demonstrating why they matter for safety, and why they are worth doing, and then being able to verify that they are making a real difference. You can watch this new video via this link.

Day 1

Introduction

Delegates were welcomed by Bill Chiles, HeliOffshore Chairman, Gretchen Haskins, HeliOffshore CEO, and François Lassale, HeliOffshore Chief Operating Officer. They emphasised how achieving excellence where it really counts can make a lasting difference to safety, and how we best position ourselves to achieve this excellence.

You can open the conference introduction presentation here.

You can watch a video recording of HeliOffshore chairman Bill Chiles opening the conference here.

You can watch a video recording of HeliOffshore CEO Gretchen Haskins setting the goals and objectives for the conference here.

Keynote Speaker: Sir Matthew Pinsent

Sir Matthew Pinsent returned Athens, where in 2004 he became one of only 10 athletes in Olympic history to win gold medals at four consecutive Olympic Games. In a compelling presentation, he told us how the British rowing team achieved and maintained world-beating levels of excellence that has spanned almost three decades.

You can watch a video of Sir Matthew’s presentation here.

Excellence Where it Counts Panel

We brought four industry experts together to give their perspective on what it takes to achieve safety excellence in a way that adds value. We asked them to give examples of this approach from their own organisations, to describe further opportunities to achieve excellence and to explain how we can unlock the value that safety excellence brings. Our panellists included: Audrey Brady, Vice President, Sikorsky Commercial Systems and Services; Tony Cramp, Vice President Aircraft for Shell and Managing Director of Shell Aircraft; Karl Fessenden, President and CEO of CHC Helicopter; and Erik Hamremoen, Aviation Special Advisor to the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions.

You can watch a video recording of this panel discussion here.

Operational Effectiveness

Keith Mullett, President and General Manager for International Oil and Gas at PHI International, introduced a session that provided conference attendees with the latest updates and next steps for key safety programmes such as enhanced Helicopter Terrain Awareness & Warning Systems, Flight Crew Operating Manuals and Evidence Based Training. Presentations were provided by the following leaders involved in the Operational Effectiveness workstream: Tim Rolfe, Director Safety (EAMEA) and Global Safety Assurance, Bristow Group; Pat Attaway, Director of Global Standards for PHI Inc.; Alan Walling, Director, Commercial Helicopters, Programs & Aftermarket Support, Sikorsky; Matteo Ragazzi, Head of Airworthiness, Leonardo Helicopters; Phil Cullen, Co-founder, Greenstone Starling; and Jonathan Phillips, Director, Air Transport Safety, Shell Aircraft.

You can open the conference presentation here.

You can watch a video recording of this session here.

System Reliability & Resilience

Don Miller, President & CEO of Bristow Group, introduced a session that provided conference attendees with the latest updates and next steps for key safety programmes such as resolving the main causes of Return to Base events and using Human Hazard Analysis to improve both maintenance processes and aircraft design. Presentations were provided by the following leaders involved in the System Reliability & Resilience work stream: Dave Balevic, Senior Vice President for Engineering & Operations, CHC Helicopter; Jamie Renna, Chief Engineer for Commercial Aircraft, Sikorsky; Matteo Ragazzi, Head of Airworthiness, Leonardo Helicopters; Lee Holland, Group Fleet Support Manager, Bristow Group; Gilles Bruniaux, VP Product Safety, Airbus Helicopters.

You can open the conference presentation here.

You can watch a video recording of this session here.

Collaboration

HeliOffshore chairman Bill Chiles, along with CEO Gretchen Haskins and Chief Operating Officer François Lassale, rounded off day one of the conference with a summary of the factors that are critical to the success of our collaboration for safety. This session also demonstrated the tools available to support HeliOffshore members in collaborating effectively.

You can open the conference presentation here.

You can watch a video recording of this session here.

Day 2

The Importance of Continuing to Strive for Excellence in the Real World

The second day of our 2019 Conference began with an inspiring presentation about what it means and what it takes to achieve excellence in challenging real world situations. Karl Fessenden, President and CEO of CHC Helicopter and a HeliOffshore board member, gave a superb presentation on what it took for his company to rescue passengers from the Norwegian cruise ship Viking Sky in exceptionally rough sea conditions. It amply demonstrated the true value of investment in standards, capability, technology and training.

You can open the conference introduction presentation here.

You can watch a video recording of this session here.

Safety Climate: How Safety Adds Value

Deirdre Michie, CEO of Oil & Gas UK, and Damien Oliver, Aviation Programme Director with the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency, combined for a compelling discussion about how the right supply chain management principles and prioritising the value proposition of safety in procurement can make a positive contribution to achieving excellent safety performance.

You can open the conference introduction presentation here.

You can watch a video recording of this session here.

Agreeing Priorities and Deploying Resources

HeliOffshore board member Chris Bradshaw, President and CEO, Era Group, introduced an important session in which delegates were updated on plans from the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) to launch a new Joint Industry Project that will fund HeliOffshore work in support of its Project Safira goal of eliminating fatalities from the upstream energy business. Presentations were given by  Tony Cramp, Vice President Aircraft for Shell and Managing Director of Shell Aircraft, and Chris Hawkes, IOGP’s Health, Safety and Security Director.

You can open the conference introduction presentation here.

You can watch a video recording of this session here.

Standardisation: How it Can Support Safety Excellence

HeliOffshore board member Josiah Choms, Managing Director of Caverton Helicopters, introduced this important session in which the conference considered how standardisation can be a strong foundation for safety excellence. In a session moderated by Duncan Trapp, Vice President Safety and Quality for CHC Helicopter, Jonathan Phillips, Director, Air Transport Safety, Shell Aircraft, explained how IOGP is reviewing its Aviation Recommended Practices in a process that will result in a new version of the Aircraft Management Guidelines and a commitment by oil companies to apply these consistently. David Anderson, Managing Director of the Flight Safety Foundation’s BARS programme, explained how in the fixed wing sector the BARS approach has used data both to develop standards and to demonstrate their value.

You can open the conference introduction presentation here.

You can watch a video recording of this session here.

 Annual General Meeting

HeliOffshore’s membership manager, Gill Furlong, presented a summary of the Association’s 2018 Accounts, including the key projects to which the budget was directed. She then presented a summary of the proposed 2019 budget, including where key investments will be made. The Association has reached 122 members. You can see the full member list at this link.

This year the Board gave two awards to recognise exceptional contributions to safety in the offshore helicopter industry—one for a group collaboration and another of an individual contribution.

The shortlist for the group award included the Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Working Group, the Human Hazard Analysis team, and the Flight Crew Operating Manuals working group. The winner was the Human Hazard Analysis team.

The shortlist for the individual award included Dave Balevic from CHC Helicopter, JJ Gerber from Cougar Helicopters and Matteo Ragazzi from Leonardo Helicopters. The winner was Dave Balevic.

You can watch video of the awards being presented.

 

 

2020 HeliOffshore Conference and AGM

In 2020, the HeliOffshore Conference and AGM will be held in Cascais, Portugal on 25th-26th April (with social events on 24th and 27th April).

The venue for the 2021 Conference and AGM was agreed: Valetta, Malta.

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Communications

By collaborating on communications, we reach our industry’s frontline, supply chain partners, innovators, and the global offshore workforce. Please connect your communications team with HeliOffshore by emailing: charles.alcock@helioffshore.org

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Previous Conferences

2018 HeliOffshore Conference, Lake Maggiore, Italy

Summary & Presentations

2017 HeliOffshore Conference, Budapest, Hungary

Summary & Presentations

2016 HeliOffshore Conference, Prague, Czech Republic

Summary & Presentations

2015 HeliOffshore Conference, Lisbon, Portugal

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