NTSB Engages Helicopter Community To Reduce Accidents

 - February 27, 2014, 4:30 PM

The NTSB is engaging with the rotorcraft community to reduce accidents involving helicopters, agency chairman Deborah Hersman told Heli-Expo attendees yesterday. One of the NTSB’s “10 Most Wanted” safety recommendations for 2014 is to address the unique factors of helicopter operations, to promote industry safety.

Hersman also called attention to the Board’s participation at Heli-Expo, including NTSB vice chairman Christopher Hart’s participation Tuesday in the “NTSB: Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accidents” forum. Board member Robert Sumwalt will also give a keynote speech during the International Helicopter Safety Symposium this evening.

The NTSB chief also emphasized the Board’s clarity of purpose, which is focused exclusively on determining methods to reduce accidents. “We are really, truly investigators,” she said. “We don’t have any other authority. We can’t force anyone to do anything–we can’t incentivize anyone to do anything because we don’t have any grant-making authority ormoney. We do hope we can be a catalyst to improve safety.”