The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team wants to examine how heliports, weather reporting and low-level IFR infrastructure could be improved to reduce rotorcraft accidents. It is working with FAA
officials to organize a 1.5-day meeting in Washington, D.C., in mid to late February for high-level discussions of those issues and how to target improvements. Like counterparts in Europe and elsewhere, the U.S. team is a regional partner of the International Helicopter Safety Team; it updates the latter on its activities but works projects on its own. In addition to addressing the previously mentioned issues, the February forum is intended to revitalize efforts to reduce civil helicopter accident rates. The international team was set up in 2005 with a goal of cutting those rates by 80% by 2016. It is unlikely to achieve that goal.