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22 May 2017


Blogs: Global Collaboration, Frontline Results – Deepening our Delivery

By Gretchen Haskins, CEO HeliOffshore

I wanted to write to give you all an update on our recent HeliOffshore Conference and AGM. It was wonderful for me to see over 180 of the most senior and influential stakeholders in the offshore helicopter industry, working together over the weekend to forward our joint commitment to safety. It was great to see a demonstration of such unwavering commitment to safety improvement, and to work on the actions and next steps that will help us to deliver our agreed safety strategy. Click here to read the HeliOffshore Safety Strategy

Each session included a video of key leaders sharing their ideas, both in person and by video, helping to create alignment and focus for the interactive workshops. You can view all five conference videos here

HeliOffshore has already achieved alignment across the industry on our shared safety improvement strategy. Therefore, discussion focused on ensuring that we have the right environment, infrastructure, incentives and working practices in place, to enable the actions in our safety strategy to be delivered as quickly and effectively as possible. This includes ensuring that the workstreams have the right support in place to help deliver and implement these activities, and, to measure whether our actions have had the desired effect in supporting frontline operations.

One of the outcomes of the first day, was a series of ideas to help forward the action in our Operational Effectiveness and System Reliability and Resilience workstreams; specifically in the areas of Evidence Based Training (EBT), enhanced Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (HTAWS), and Reliability and Resilience. In each area, we considered the offers and requests that we could give to each other to help take tangible and practical next steps. One excellent example was the pledge to share data to support EBT from a large number of operators from across the globe. Another was a meeting between four Operational Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to consider the best ways to enhance the feedback loop between the OEMs and Operators, increasing our early warning for technical failures or maintenance support.

We also had a thought provoking presentation on supporting effective human performance and effective decision making for safety. This included in the frontline, supervisors, in the board room and as an industry. We discussed how we could use resilience engineering methods to further enhance and support human performance. Click here to view the video of this presentation.

The second day of the HeliOffshore Conference focused on safety intelligence, and how we can work together to share information. Most importantly, this sharing of information will help to detect leading indicators and weak signals that will help us get into action to proactively address trends. The safety data programme, and the presentations on value, maintenance and human factors, joins the pieces of the puzzle together, leading to powerful discussions on data collection and gathering safety intelligence. The sessions on both days led to fruitful conversations around the importance of data sharing, and addressing trends and risks before they impact on frontline operations.

This year, we hosted another successful Shark Tank, where we looked at innovative ideas for fostering reliability and resilience. Duncan Trapp from CHC Helicopter did an excellent job as master of ceremonies. The Sharks considered innovations from Pratt and Whitney Canada, Spectro Scientific, Airbus, Leonardo Helicopters, SkyTrac, and State Safety Global. Delegates held a non-binding vote, and it was very exciting to see the live vote for the winner which ended up in a tie between Airbus – for their Safelog innovation to improve packaging and monitor the transportation of parts between the OEM and Part 145; and Spectro Scientific for their Q5800 Expeditionary Fluid Analysis System (EFAS), a 33 lb., battery-operated, lubrication analysis lab-in-a-man-portable-case, providing comprehensive results in 10 minutes, on a flight line or in a maintenance shop.

The whole thing was brought together at the end under the excellent leadership of Hank Williams from Cougar Helicopters leading the room, to gain clarity on key commitments, actions and next steps.

If you would like to find out more about the conference and view the presentations: Click here to see the full HeliOffshore Conference proceedings, presentations and videos

We’re listening!
At the request of some of our conference attendees, we are holding an all member call on Tuesday 13 June 2017 to discuss the status and activities of the HeliOffshore workstreams. This call is open to all HeliOffshore members, and everyone who attended the conference, so please keep an eye out for an invitation in your inbox soon!

Thank you to all of you who have provided conference feedback so far. This is useful for us to determine the value of the conference, content and how we can improve in the future. If you have any further feedback on the conference, please let us know by filling out the online conference feedback survey, or by emailing

If you have any questions or you need any further information, please email