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19 December 2016


Blogs: Significant Progress Thanks to Dedication of our Members

It is the time of year for reflection … so for my last blog in 2016, I’m looking back at what has been achieved this year and looking ahead to the great opportunity we have, together, to continuing making a difference to safety at the frontline.

Our global collaboration achieved significant progress in 2016 thanks to the dedication of members and stakeholders across our industry – operators, manufacturers, regulators, the oil and gas industry, system developers, safety experts and more.


I wanted to share some examples of what that collaboration delivered in the past 12 months…


  1. Aligned Strategy: in 2016, the industry adopted HeliOffshore’s Strategy and Safety Performance Model, and stakeholders aligned to work with us to deliver our global safety programme.


  1. FCOMs: Work continues to develop and implement FCOMs across the global offshore fleet, with OEMs collaborating with operators via HeliOffshore Space.


  1. HTAWS: Improvements to Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System algorithms demonstrate that lives can be saved with new software updates to the current HTAWS platform which is on track for delivery by the end of 2017.


  1. Reliability and Resilience: under this new workstream, we have formed fleet-based teams and held a face-to-face InfoShare meeting to define the top opportunities for each aircraft type. Scott Carmichael has joined HeliOffshore to support delivery of this workstream’s objectives.


  1. HUMS: around 40 experts are participating in a collaborative network to deliver implementation of best practice, and the group is continuing to attract participation from regions across the world.


  1. Information Sharing: 35 operators are accessing HeliOffshore’s InfoShare tool to share events, review historical reports, and exchange best practice. One InfoShare directly contributed to the publication of an Airworthiness Directive to help protect safety, worldwide.


  1. Safety Database: we are procuring a data management safety system that will help us to gather and analyse industry-wide global data to help create powerful insights into safety performance.


  1. HeliOffshore Conference 2016: our second conference led to agreement on accelerating HTAWS implementation and establishing the reliability and resilience workstream.


  1. Automation Training Videos: with expert contributions from members, we have developed a set of six training videos to provoke and support discussion and training on ‘best practice’ automation principles across our industry. These will be launched in January 2017.


In 2017, we will maintain our focus on those areas that genuinely deliver frontline results is priority.   Our ambition over the next year is to realise the safety benefits of our ambitious safety programme, as we continue to grow participation and involvement across the industry, and ensure our actions are having the desired impact at the frontline.

Key areas of focus in 2017:

Operational Effectiveness

  • Approach Path Management Standards and early identification of flight path deviation
  • Effective Design & Use of Automation, including FCOMs and automation training videos
  • Enhance Situational Awareness through better understanding of eye movement
  • Enhance Obstacle Avoidance through advanced HTAWs
  • Evidence Based Training to Support Effective Operational Performance


Reliability & Resilience

  • Early diagnosis and resolution of potential failures e.g. through best practice implementation of HUMS and development of Alternate Detection Methods
  • Improved equipment reliability, including fewer single point failures, and system(s) redundancy
  • Effective maintenance support
  • Reduced operational impact of system failures
  • Enhanced feedback loop between operations and OEMs


Safety Enablers

  • Continuing to foster exchange of Safety Information
  • Implementing the Safety Management Database
  • Incorporating Flight Data Monitoring data
  • Line Oriented Safety Audits



  • Gather and share good survivability practice, worldwide
  • Ongoing Sea State study
  • Supporting implementation of enhanced Emergency Breathing Systems


If you have expertise in any of these areas, please let us know! With the right people working together on those things that will make the greatest difference to safety, we will achieve our objective: to ensure the safety of everyone who travels offshore by helicopter.

Thank you to everyone who has made such a difference to safety over the past two years, and for your ongoing commitment – which will help us to deliver on the opportunities ahead.

I hope you enjoy this time with friends and loved ones. With a lot of people on the move over the festive period, we’re supporting IOGP’s ‘Buckle Up’ campaign – find out more here:

Happy Holidays to you and yours!