Offshore Helicopter Safety

Offshore Helicopter Safety

For a multitude of reasons, the offshore helicopter sector operates in one of the most demanding and challenging safety environments.  Consequently deep domain knowledge is key to successful and safe operations.

S-92A in cruise

Some of the challenges are apparent by studying past offshore helicopter safety reports, such as:

Aerossurance has been closely involved in the development of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Basic Aviation Risk Standard for Offshore Helicopter Operations (BARSOHO), launched in May 2015.  BARSOHO is orientated around a risk bow-tie, contains a number of common and specific threat controls.

barsoho bow tie

We are pleased to be an active member of HeliOffshore. The HeliOffshore Safety Performance Model and the associated HeliOffshore Safety Strategy, were influenced by the BARSOHO bow-tie.

HeliOffshore Safety Performance Model (Credit: HeliOffshore)

HeliOffshore Safety Performance Model (Credit: HeliOffshore)

Another influence was work done by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to create an offshore helicopter Safety Risk Portfolio (which we have previously discussed).

EASA Offshore Helicopter Safety Risk Portfolio Page 1 (Credit: EASA)

EASA Offshore Helicopter Safety Risk Portfolio Page 1 (Credit: EASA)


EASA Offshore Helicopter Safety Risk Portfolio Page 2 (Credit: EASA)

EASA Offshore Helicopter Safety Risk Portfolio Page 2 (Credit: EASA)

Aerossurance presented on helicopter safety at the 10th EASA Rotorcraft Symposium in December 2016.  This chart from that presentation shows data from UK CAA‘s CAP1145 report, updated with fatal accidents and usages estimates since 2012.

Offshore Helicopter Safety UK Norway

It does illustrate the challenge when comparing offshore helicopter safety data for individual countries, even nations with big offshore helicopter fleets, in that the accident rate can be significantly influenced by just one one accident.

Aerossurance and Offshore Helicopter Safety

Aerossurance is an aviation consultancy based in Aberdeen, Scotland with a close and long connection with offshore helicopter operations and uniquely deep and diverse experience in all aspects of safe and efficient offshore helicopter operations.

Aerossurance’s Offshore Helicopter Expertise

Aerossurance’s proven expertise includes:

  • Operations: With proven hands on experience managing, regulating and contracting safe and efficient offshore helicopter operations globally.
  • Design, Certification and Continued Airworthiness: We have extensive experience in the design, certification and continued airworthiness of helicopters, their engines, equipment and special mission role modifications.
  • Continuing Airworthiness and Maintenance: We brings senior management experience in helicopter continuing airworthiness management and maintenance organisations.
  • HUMS and HFDM: We have many years experience with all aspects of Helicopter Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS), Vibration Health Monitoring (VHM), Integrated Vehicle Health Monitoring (IVHM) and Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM).  This includes research and development, system design and operations.
  • Safety, Risk, Standards and Operational Excellence: We have proven worldwide hands-on experience with offshore helicopter safety management, safety assurance, risk management emergency response, safety investigation and safety analysis.  We have extensive experience in organisational culture & leadership development in the offshore sector.  We have a proven track record of developing offshore helicopter standards, operating procedures and facilitating improvements.
  • Regulation: We have provided expertise in the development, interpretation and implementation of regulations in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Contracting: We have helped numerous international blue chip companies identify their offshore helicopter operational requirements, go to tender, evaluate bids (both aircraft and air operators) and place contracts with confidence.  We are providing on-going insightful technical and assurance support for customers contracting offshore helicopter operations around the world.

See also our LinkedIn Offshore Helicopter Safety Showcase page.

To discuss how we can help your business please contact us.

Aerossurance May 2015