The International Helicopter Safety Symposium (IHSS) will take place Sept. 26-29 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The symposium is being organized in cooperation with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCAA), the FAA, NASA, France’s BEA (Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile), Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), Helicopter Association International (HAI) and other helicopter safety-oriented and regulatory organizations. Bell Helicopter Textron, Sikorsky, AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce, CMC Electronics, Turbomeca and other companies also will participate.
The symposium will address accident/safety characteristics of helicopter operations, weather and human factors, and also include maintenance-related issues, including powerplant reliability. Papers and presentations will be followed by workshops to discuss safety of helicopter operations. Working groups will be formed to set safety goals for the next five years.