Thursday, July 3, 2014
AHEST, Airbus to Develop Civil Helicopter Safety in Asia
Source: Airbus Helicopters
The ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team (AHEST) recently held an inaugural steering committee meeting to initiate actions to improve safety in civil helicopter operations in Asia. AHEST was founded in late 2013 to expand the mandate of the global International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) with actions in the 10-country region covered by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as China. Similar safety teams in Asia have also been established in India and Japan.
Photo courtesy Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia is working with AHEST to kick-start the team’s actions in the region. The inaugural AHEST meeting, held at Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia based in Singapore, saw a gathering of 15 participants from a diverse industry group comprising manufacturers, operators, regulators and customers. AHEST bases its safety improvement approach on collaborative efforts within the helicopter industry – encouraging the development of risk awareness and implementation of safety actions by sharing lessons learnt through accident analysis.