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Old 20th May 2021, 02:27
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Australian Update - Mid May 2021.

Source: Editor's Welcome, Board Room Briefing.

"The ‘Year of Change’ has suddenly hit us – mostly good news across the rotorcraft industry. I am sure my fellow editors of aviation and business publications would be suffering as I have over past months as major changes within our economy (and health and politics) seem to bounce back and forth as fast as soccer ball during a global championship match. The cause of most of this chaos is due to our intense focus on the airline industry which has been dealt a near death blow over the past year or so. Fortunately, the domestic heavy metal folks have been given a boost as travel within our borders suddenly ramped up as we contained the domestic coronavirus to an acceptable level.

During some recent research on APAC nations, we noted the majority all the rotorcraft industries, which are general aviation (non-airline) appeared to be holding the line (i.e., not in recession). Although some have flatlined, their current trending is edging upwards – slowly. A respected industry consulting firm has predicted the APAC rotorcraft fleet growth will move from the current average 0.5% rate pa, to around 1.8% growth at the end of 2021.

But Australian's are surprised to note our growth rate has now edged up to just under 5% - almost like the good times about a decade ago. Maybe due to the size of our GA industry and the release of previously closed borders and the coronavirus hotspots.

In the coming edition one of Australia's trade journals will release Asia-Pacific (APAC) figures which shows an increasing shortages of engineers, pilots and even helicopters. COVID-19 caused losses of manpower in many areas, causing an aging work force and increasing fleet numbers are all signs that good news can create bad news??

Australia is also hurtling down the track to the final implementation of the decades long regulatory process. The next six months will consume a lot of people power as they get all the new manuals and permissions sorted. And of course we must share a thought for the CASA's staff who also have to reset their methodology and protocols in relating to industry.

The editor later stated publicly that a recent survey was showing both industry and the regulator were working well together to overcome the many hurdles we jointly have to overcome, not only to change existing operational rules but also introduce a substantial amount of additional legislation as new technology and aircraft types enter the marketplace.

Perhaps there will be a whopper of a New Year's Party, if we can all push in the same direction as APAC slowly eases out of the coronavirus setbacks.

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Old 27th May 2021, 02:36
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Australian Rotortech 2021 - our thoughts are with the organisers.

Editor of Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News has advised his readers to carefully monitor the COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria, which commenced on Thu 27 May 2021.

The proposed seven day lockdown will end close to the start of RotorTech 2021 on Tue 15 June 2021. Event runs three days and concludes on Thu 17 June 2021.

But additional restrictions could be applied by Qld Government. Also, a number of airlines are cancelling flights out of Victoria on Fri 18 May 21.

Just a heads up as there may be options around this pending problem.

Be safe, wash you hands wear a mask before kissing you loved ones???

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Falling India helicopter numbers, a cause for concern, RWSI claims.

The Rotary Wing Society of India is a non-profit professional society that was founded on 18 June 1998 to aid the growth of the helicopter industry in India. RWSI has approximately 81 corporate members and 550 aviation professionals from the Indian civil and military aviation and has chapters in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, India.

A recent report showed that over the past decade registrations had fallen from 300 to 233 in April 2021. A full report is in the complimentary Board Room Briefings in mid-June 2021. A list of types will be included – and location of the three RW schools.
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Are you ready? Lessons from the USA!

In another blow for pandemic weary Americans eager to travel again, the country's largest carrier, American Airlines, cancelled hundreds of flights over recent Father's Day weekend. The reason was very simple, media sources are claiming the airline delayed the recall of pilots, engineers and ground staff. In fact, many required recertification, check and training updates. There was even a shortage of check and training specialists, who also needed to be checked back onto the flightline! Suddenly a surge of airline bookings meant the airline could not cope and many hundreds of flights were cancelled – bad PR!

Remember CASA has warned us all to check our re-qualification sources for when it is time to work again!
It has been suggested some staff who do check and training have moved onto other lobs during COVID.
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Old 2nd Jul 2021, 09:58
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10,000 hours in AW139 aircraft

On Saturday 12 June 2021, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter (NSW Australia) achieved a significant milestone officially reaching 10,000 flying hours in the AgustaWestland AW139 aircraft. The Service commenced flight operations in the AW139 in 2017.

The milestone was reached on a day when the Aircrew and Medical Teams from all three bases were called to missions. Aircraft from Belmont, Tamworth and Lismore were tasked to assist people in nine towns throughout Northern NSW on that day.

Well done to all those who provided care and support to their local communities.
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FISCAL YEAR just passed has an annual helicopter growth rate of 8.7% pa. A surprise to industry!

Australia’s Fiscal Year 2020/2021 ended on 30 June 2021. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) helicopter register shows a better-than-expected, but most welcome result, for the past year.

On 30 June 2021, the aircraft register listed 15,851 aircraft, consisting of 13,418 aeroplanes and 2,433 helicopters. The latter numbers increasing by 195 or an annual growth rate of 8.7% pa. The previous two years were only 1.8% and 1.5%.

Current growth rate is almost two each week. A result not seen since late 2017.

NZ Report to follow ASAP.

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Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific Business Association – Government Aviation Tender

The launch of the new Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific Business Association (RAPBA) has been scheduled for the start of the new Fiscal Year 2021/2022. However, just prior to the announcement in mid-July, the RAPBA noted an important aviation tender has been offered by the Queensland Government to provide expanded regional airline services throughout Queensland.

No doubt this is due to the enormous growth of the tourist industry across Australia which is the result of the pandemic closing international borders to our folks who usually spend $54 billion on cruise ship or airline holiday packages. Today, it appears some of this market ($$) is now being directed to domestic tourist activities.

RAPBA strongly believes the recent report in Queensland’s Sunday Mail concerning heavy holiday bookings throughout the northern parts of Australia would increase enormously if the wealthier tourists could use a regional airline services to avoid the lengthy road trips between scenic spots.

Sceptics will no doubt ask what has this got to do with the helicopter industry? The smarter businesspeople would realise regional air services would increase the flow of domestic tourists heading out to the remote areas.

Thus, an opportunity exists for the local helicopter operators to contact those who may be planning to enhance existing or maybe starting new tourist attractions.

Tender info in brief:

www. [email protected]
Number: TD21110092A


Provision of Regional Air Services Issued by Department of Transport and Main Roads – Translink (QLD)

Invitation to Offer. Mega Category. Transport infrastructure and services Number: TD21110092A
Released: Tue, 6 Jul 2021. Closing: Mon, 9 Aug 2021 at 4:00PM Brisbane, Queensland.
Passenger air transportation.

Regions: Cairns & Far North Queensland; Mount Isa & North West Region; The Central West
South West & Darling Downs; Townsville; Mackay Whitsunday Region; Rockhampton; Gladstone; Wide Bay Burnett and South East Queensland.

An industry briefing video will be released to the market in the week commencing 12th July 2021.

Enquiries: Jacob Wu – 0430 436 645 E: [email protected]

Other Contacts: Commercial Partnerships – Technical. E: [email protected]

There really is light at the end of the tunnel!

RAPBA is downloading some of the documents to help as this deadline is very short. 9 Aug 2021. Let us know if you need any help. E: rotorcraftnews [at] outlook [dot].com
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Old 12th Jul 2021, 11:32
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Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific Business Association - FISCAL UPDATES

RAPBA was formed on 1 July 2021 in Brisbane - the start of the financial year 2021/2022 in both Austrasia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Just sharing some good news about Australian helicopters. After examining CASA data bases up to end of 30 June 2021, RAPBA noted the helicopter register had grown by 98 helicopters to 2,433 which represented an annual growth rate of 4.5%. Upon a closer look, they noted the early onset of the COVID crisis almost flatlined the growth rate. However, in recent months the growth rate had increased to 8.7% pa which has produced an overall annual result of 4.5% for the FY2020/2021.

Looking back, we have been extremely fortunate over the past 10 years to have never suffered a negative growth rate, despite what global circumstances could throw at us. The CASA Register grew from 1,874 to 2,433 = 559 helicopters over 10 years representing an average growth rate of 2.4% (Around the lower GDP).

But drones have had exceptional growth. CASA data on 30 June 2020 showed over the past three years the number of commercial drone pilots has grown from 8,688 to 16,482 pilots or by 90%. AAUS figures for AOC’s are enormous. The Deputy Prime Minister at Rotortech quoted the figures which had apparently passed 10,000. More in our coming publications. The drone industry, both military and civil segments, has benefited from an enormous amount of invested monies.

One company has ordered 100 electric drones for operations around cities under the very fashionable UAM rules. This has attracted enormous global interest.

Many of you will know of numerous trials being carried out in our region in places such as Singapore, other APAC countries and both Australia and New Zealand.

One of the more recent developments has been the joining up of Queensland Surf Rescue and the Ripper Corporation which are now introducing large numbers of sophisticated drones into the search and rescue industry.

More later from RAPBA when the rest of APAC's reports are summarised.
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Old 15th Jul 2021, 09:29
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Qld Tender - New regional Services - Update.

For those following the requirements of the tender mentioned previously, they have issued about three amendments. If you have registered an interest, then updates are automatic. There is no cost to register. Often helicopter or drone tenders appear with short deadlines, so it is a good idea to be on the list.

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Old 20th Jul 2021, 09:53
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CASA’s CEO and Director of Aviation Safety – brings hope to pilot licensing and training organisations

Speech Extract from presentation on Wed 16 June 2021, Rotortech 2021 at Brisbane by Pip Spence PSM

"Current issues – rotary. Even though I have only been in the job for four weeks, I already know that I can’t not mention licensing and flight training. Through the flight examiner review that was completed at the end of last year CASA has acknowledged that the current requirements are onerous and difficult to achieve.

We (CASA) are committed to implementing all the recommendations from the review. We have initiated the first step with the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel standing up a technical working group. It met for the first-time on Fri 11 June 2021 and I understand it was a very successful meeting."

Rickshaw. Hopefully, this will provided resources to sort out issues still needing attention. The issue of needing Plain English Guides so users can understand the intent of some new rules should have raised eyebrows a long time ago!

Perhaps the new CASA Chair and CEO/DAS plus new committees will bring fresh air to a problem with Part 61 which has been unresolved for too long.

Maybe good news - a bit of a change from the COVIC-19 bad news this week.
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Brisbane Wins Olympic Game 2032 - Helicopter Forecast - Good News!

Australia needed some cheerful news as the pandemic is running amuck. And it has arrived not too soon!

A report is being prepared by CEO RAPBA starting with World Expo 88, also known as Expo 88, which was a specialised Expo held in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia, during a six-month period between Saturday, 30 April 1988 and Sunday, 30 October 1988, inclusive. The theme of the Expo was "Leisure in the Age of Technology", and the mascot for the Expo was an Australian platypus named Expo Oz. They forecast 7 million - but 14 million eventually turned up - big boost then for City and Country Helicopters (Official World Expo 88 Helicopter Service). Every major international event since then has provided a boost several years prior and six months beyond. Why? See our report in e-News July Report.

Anyhow, on 30 June '21 looking back ten years the CASA register increased by 2.9% or 559 helicopters. Now 2,433.
Assuming the next ten years (actually 11) continues at a rate of the past decade then looking ahead to the Olympics 11 years away our register should grow to 3,208 or an extra 775 machines. A conservative guess as no allowance has been made for the Olympic construction and programme development 2-3 years prior.

If you need the complete report and do not receive Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News monthly reports which are FOC - email robsrich (at) bigpond [.] com.

The future load upon our 41 schools over the next eleven years represents a need for 2,650 CPLH. Will keep the FEE-HELP folk busy? And RW MROs - 320,000 training hours.

Rob - CEO RAPBA.
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The Delta variant of COVID-19 has changed the way Australia has to deal with the pandemic.

Vaccination is now our only option to combat this deadly airborne “enemy.”

July edition of Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News has an interesting report on the need to change our focus on how we handle the Delta version of the Covid virus.

Aviation journalist in APAC, Adrian Schofield was quoted as saying: :

Pandemic Retains Tight Grip on Asia-Pacific Airlines. This is due to vaccination rates growing slowly for most Asian countries. Also, governments remain reluctant to ease order restrictions. While other parts of the world are beginning to open up to international travel, most of the key Asia-Pacific markets are seeing very little growth. This is a major headache for Asian airlines anxiously waiting for revenue opportunities to help spark recovery.

European countries, in particular, have been removing travel restrictions as their Covid-19 vaccination rates reach high levels. But in the Asia-Pacific region, vaccination rates have generally been much lower. New waves of more infectious strains have also made Asian governments more cautious about opening borders, and in many cases, even the gains made in domestic markets have been eroded due to heightened restrictions.

It is now accepted that vaccination programs are crucial to airlines hopes because they are widely considered the best avenue for resuming travel.

When countries have vaccination levels of 70% or higher, their governments will have more options to remove restrictions. However, Air Asia CEO, Javed Malik does not believe, that current bilateral bubbles are the answer to restarting international travel. “Vaccination is the key,” he said.

“Travel bubbles are too much of a short-term and restricted type of travel.”

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APAC rotorcraft operators will always be troubled when their 'heavy metal' cousins are gathering dust in some remote parking lot. But overall, the anticipated recession in wobbly wing activities has not occurred - more on this soon. Good news for most. APAC has managed a 1.8% annual helicopter growth rate. Australia, part of APAC has managed a 4.5% growth rate due to their tourists having to send money on domestic tourism due to international travel restrictions. In fact, the cruise ship industry recently reported the amount not being spent overseas is AUD$60 billion US$44 billion. The ships look like being docked for a further year - maybe 2023 to 2024.
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Surprise approval of skydive venture by one of the most hard-line local governments.

Congratulations to all concerned for achieving such an historical consensus.

Skydive Australia and Sea World Helicopters launched their helicopter skydive experience on Australia’s Gold Coast during July 2021. The nation’s only helicopter tandem skydive experience has landed in Queensland, with participants given the chance to be dropped right on top one of the state’s most iconic tourist beaches, Main Beach, Gold Coast, Australia.

A media report stated after leaving from the Sea World helipad, it takes about 10 minutes to get to 10,000 feet over the jump zone above Main Beach. The jumpers initially start their descent with a free fall followed by a five-minute float down to the beach.

A company spokesperson was quoted as saying, “We are delighted that the Gold Coast City Council has supported our vision to deliver this wonderful new tourism product for the region with our highly experienced partners, Sea World Helicopters, at a time when we are all looking at how we can help get the tourism industry back on its feet again.”

An industry observer commented at the success of obtaining support from ATC organisations at Brisbane and the Gold Coast Airports. The latter is only 25 km south of Main Beach with a nearby approach from the north.

In the past, the Gold Coast was very anti-helicopter, due to the number of retirees in the area. They mainly had noise and perceived safety issues as their reason for protests.
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Olympic Games 2032. Estimated helicopter fleet changes next eleven years.

The 2032 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXV Olympiad and also known as Brisbane 2032, is an international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from 23 July to 8 August 2032, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Brisbane 2032 will be the third Summer Games to be held in Australia after the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Victoria and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Good news for the rotorcraft industry; both drones and helicopters. Brisbane needed some cheerful news as the COVID-19 variant “Delta” is causing chaos in Australia – so the exciting announcement has arrived not too soon!

A report is being prepared by Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific Business Association (RAPBA) to share with industry. It will start World Expo 88, also known as Expo 88, which was a specialized Expo held in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia, during a six-month period between Saturday, 30 April 1988 and Sunday, 30 October 1988, inclusive.

The theme of the Expo was "Leisure in the Age of Technology", and the mascot for the Expo was an Australian platypus named Expo Oz.

Organizer's forecasted 7 million visitors, but 14 million eventually turned up - big boost then for City and Country Helicopters (Official World Expo 88 Helicopter Service). Every major international event since then has provided a boost several years prior and six months beyond a similar event.

Looking back ten years from 30 June '21 the CASA register increased from 1,874 to 2,433 or 559 helicopters. (2.65% pa growth)

Looking forward eleven years to 2032 and assuming the growth rate stays the same then today’s 2,433 would grow at 2.65% pa, over eleven years to 3,332 as the Games start.

In summary, the fleet increased by 559 helicopters over the past decade. The next eleven years it is estimated the fleet will grow by a further 899 helicopters to 3,332 machines.

The future load upon our 41 schools over the next eleven years represents a need for at least 2,770 ATPL(H)/CPLH for fleet growth and normal attrition.

Overall good news for helicopter schools and MROs – say 320,000 training hours.

A very detailed report pending as attrition rates vary with each group and the new CASR’S may increase training overheads, but TBA after RAPBA research is completed.

However, the current RW annual growth, despite COVID, is 4.5% pa. (Three decades ago it was 6 to 7% or 2-3 times increase in GDP). More info will be after RAPBA gets the pilot and engineers templates finished - this will occur when CASA Annual Report for 2020-2021 is released in early October. If increase is double that of past decade, then we may have a problem with staff for schools iaw CASR Part 61 - Flight Crew Licensing. There already is a shortage of instructors and testing officers.

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WoDaRC Postponed until 15 and 16 NOV 2021

Placed here on behalf of Carillon Conference Management (CCM). Tel: +61 (0) 7 3368 2644,

Unfortunately, we must advise the World of Drones & Robotics Congress 2021 (WoDaRC) will now be held on the new dates of 15 and 16 November 2021. The venue will remain the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia. This has not been an easy decision. Although the lockdown in Brisbane has ended, many other cities and regions around the nation, including Sydney and Melbourne, remain in lockdown which are unlikely to be lifted in time for the original WoDaRC dates next week. Further, current travel restrictions prevent participants from many parts around Australia from being able to enter Queensland and/or the very real prospect of quarantine on return to their home locations. Added to this, we received many communications from Queensland-based delegates expressing their concerns about participating in a major gathering so close to the recent outbreak. Many delegates, sponsors and exhibitors have contacted us asking us to postpone the event so that they can attend and major stakeholders have also requested a postponement.

God Bless the Delta Virus.

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AVALON AIRSHOW 2021 Cancelled.

The organizers of AVALON 2021 have officially confirmed the cancellation of this year’s airshow, following its earlier postponement, due to “increased uncertainty” and the spread of COVID-19. The AMDA Foundation, which organizes the iconic Australian airshow and exhibition, said it had to make the “difficult decision” in order to minimize risk and disruption for both industry participants and attendees.

The next AVALON event is now scheduled for 2023, currently expected to take place from 28 February to 5 March 2023.

It comes just days after Melbourne entered its sixth lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic, while Sydney entered the seventh week of its current lockdown, both sparked by outbreaks of the Delta variant. “The pandemic has already required the AVALON organizing team to work through many past challenges in respect of the 2021 event, including postponement from its original planned dates,” said Ian Honnery, CEO of the AMDA Foundation. “However, recent developments as a consequence of the COVID-19 Delta strain have highlighted that the environment has become more unpredictable. Delivering such a highly complex, hallmark event in these challenging circumstances would involve risks of uncertainty for attendees, participants, industry and the Australian public.

“Therefore, in order to minimize uncertainty and disruption to attendees and participants, the difficult decision has been taken now that AVALON 2021 will not go ahead.”

I am sure we all feel for the folks who have tried to manage such a huge event - they did their best. Lesson here for all of Australia, follow medical advice and get ahead of the bug!

Maybe the best weapon is a coupe of good jabs - for yourself. Even then the Delta bug can linger somewhat and has developed an appetite for young folks. So when those grand kids come around to clean out the fridge - into the washroom they go!!
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Australian Tender Alert issued by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

RFIQFES300117 - Mapping software applications for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Request for Information. Issued: Wed 11 Aug closing Fri 3 Sep 2021.

Regions: Cairns & Far North Queensland, Mount Isa & North West Region, The Central West
South West & Darling Downs, Townsville, Mackay, Whitsunday Region, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Wide Bay Burnett, South East Queensland, Interstate and International.

More info. Search ‘RFIQFES300117’ at https://qtenders.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders

Best of luck – Rob, CEO of RAPBA.
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Australian Turbine Helicopter Fleet – Upward Trend in Growth Rate.

Source: Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific Business Association (RAPBA) – 17 Aug 2021.

RAPBA has advised their members of changes in CASA data in relation to rates of annual growth.

CASA Helicopter Registration changes from 1 July 2020 to 31 July 2021 (13 months) showed:

RW register increased from 2,334 to 2,441 (+107) an annual growth rate of 4.2%
(But due to a COVID pause early in the year, the past three months show a rate almost 5%)

Single engine turbine numbers moved from 643 to 665 (+22) an annual growth rate of 3.2%.

However, multi-engine turbine numbers increased from 266 to 290 (+24), an annual growth rate of 8.3%

Within the multi-engine listing; below 5,700 kg from 185 to 199 (+14), an annual growth rate of 7.6%

Multi-engine above 5,700 kg from 81 to 91 (+10) an annual growth rate of 11.4%

Next report will relook at the single piston engine group and their location in Australia – maybe some useful advice for those watching where the tourism industry is creating opportunities.

Good news in the flood of bad geopolitical and pandemic reports. More pressure on our schools - the heavy above 5700 kg operators needing more MCC(H) Certificate holders?.

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Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific Business Association Safety News.

August 2021 USHST monthly safety report. The US Helicopter Safety Team continues to work on the implementation of 16 helicopter-safety enhancements developed through data-driven analysis of 104 fatal accidents. The report shows that the USA has 12,000+ civilian helicopters, flown by 32,000+ pilots. The USHST uses a rolling five-year average of fatal accidents. For example, from 2017 to 2021 the fatal rate was 0.72/100,000 flying hours. This was the result of their overall accident rate being 3.83/100,000 flying hours.

The previous five years 2016-2020 the fatal rate was 0.69/100,000 flying hours the result of an accident rate of 3.78/100,000. The USHST’s goal is reduce the 5-year average fatal accident rate to 0.55/100,00 by 2025. This would need an accident rate of 2.93/100,000.

Top three highest accident groups are: Private operators; HEMS and agricultural operations. This is somewhat different to Australia & New Zealand.

APAC readers may ask how does the US loss rates compare with Australia? An ATSB report 2014–2019 shows the general aviation accident then was 8.14/100,000 hours. More than twice the USA. But the fatal rate was less at 0.68/100,000 hours. A surprise here – maybe caused by the greater percentage of slower light helicopter accidents. Mustering folk are usually going slower than a turbine driver going IIMC?

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Those numbers sound whacky. To have an accident rate of 8.14/100,000 hours yet only a fatal rate of 0.68/100,000 hours simply doesn't make sense. I don't believe it.
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