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European Helicopter Safety Team
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European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST)
The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) is the second pillar of ESSI. It addresses safety in helicopter operations. It features representatives of manufacturers, operators, research organisations, regulators, accident investigators and military from across Europe.
EHEST is also the European component of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). The IHST was established in the US in 2006 with the goal of achieving 80% reduction of the accident rate by 2016. To address the specificities of the safety of helicopter operations in Europe, the European members of the IHST have established EHEST in November 2006.
The European Helicopter Safety Analysis Team (EHSAT) is the safety team of EHEST. EHSAT has been formed with the purpose of developing a process for analysis of European helicopter accidents and then the performance of the analysis, similar to the function of the Joint Helicopter Safety Team (JHSAT) within the IHST. EHSAT is committed to ensuring that the analysis carried out in Europe will be compatible with the work of the JHSAT.
To tackle the variety of languages used in accident reports and optimise the use of resources, EHSAT has set up seven regional analysis teams across Europe, with the objective of covering more than 89% of the European fleet in 2007. Consolidation of results is performed by EHSAT with the support of EASA.
For further information refer to the EHEST website