Modern helicopter avionics technologies enhance situational awareness to increase safety and reduce common aviation accidents.
By Courtney E. Howard, Military & Aerospace Avionics Intelligence
Aviation accidents can have far-reaching effects and often unforeseen consequences. Rather than recoiling in reaction to helicopter-related fatalities, the rotorcraft community has banded together and taken a proactive approach—advancing cockpit avionics technologies to aid in reducing unfortunate aviation incidents, assisting pilots, and bolstering safety.
Industry & government partner Government regulators, aircraft and avionics manufacturers, and helicopter operators came to a consensus in 2005 that the rate of worldwide helicopter accidents was unacceptably high. By the end of the year, leaders from the American Helicopter Society (AHS), Helicopter Association International (HAI), manufacturers and other interested organizations, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had joined together to establish the International Enhancing pilot situational awareness for increased safety Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). IHST is a global group of industry and government professionals working in concert toward an aggressive goal: to reduce the worldwide helicopter accident rate by 80 percent in 10 years (by 2016).
Learn more and download this free, informative guide to learn how helicopter operators, airframe manufacturers (such as AgustaWestland, Korea Aerospace, and Sikorsky), professional helicopter organizations (such as IHST), and technology innovators (including Sandel Avionics, Garmin, Honeywell, and Rockwell Collins) are working together and putting modern avionics into action to reduce helicopter accidents and fatalities.