Safety has been my top priority from the day I first took on my role at Airbus Helicopters in 2013. The men and women at Airbus are dedicated to this end and work tirelessly on making our aircraft as safe as possible. What happened in 2016 in Norway is an immense tragedy and we still feel the shock today. The investigation has revealed new information which had remained unknown after the 2009 AS332 accident and has now enabled us to implement a more rigorous set of protective measures.
Our duty is to make sure that every possible step is being taken to prevent accidents. We work closely with operators and suppliers, as well as key organisations such as the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) to improve safety throughout the industry. From design, engineering and production, to maintenance, training and partnerships, safety is our chief priority. Super Pumas have transported millions of passengers safely in demanding environments. Ensuring the safety of the people who fly in our helicopters is what drives us on each day.
This terrible tragedy reinforces our collective resolve to continuously improve helicopter safety. We are using what we have learned today to make helicopter flight even safer tomorrow.
Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer
Operational – the Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM)
Preventative – Automatic approach & situational awareness
Design and engineering
Safety culture and safety management systems