Airbus Helicopters' chief priority is to support flight safety for the thousands of men and women around the world who are transported in its aircraft every day.
This commitment is reflected across all company activities involving the lifecycle of a helicopter. From design, engineering and production, to maintenance, training and partnerships, all of Airbus Helicopters' activities are focused on meeting and exceeding industry safety standards and supporting the safe operation of its aircraft.
Carrying out this commitment are Airbus Helicopters’ people, who strive every day toward ensuring safety above all else, and its supply chain partners, who share the same understanding of customer requirements.
Airbus Helicopters makes available key information for improving helicopter safety throughout the industry. This covers:
With support for industry-wide initiatives like IHST, Airbus works with its customers to introduce safety management systems (SMS) as part of its commitment to improving global flight safety and decreasing accidents. An SMS is an important tool for supporting safe helicopter operations through a reactive, proactive and predicative organisational approach to safety risks. One of its aims is to actively promote a safety culture – employing safety-driven decision making and risk management.
Airbus has deployed an aviation SMS because of the company’s strong belief that SMSs contribute greatly to improving helicopter safety. Likewise, it has contributed to several international working groups aimed at raising the standards of aviation safety management systems.
Airbus works with its customers to introduce safety management systems within their organisations as part of its commitment to improving global flight safety and decreasing accidents.
The company provides information on the importance of hazard identification and risk management to reduce risk levels on-the-ground and in-flight, and also establishes a method to define specific daily operational hazards, identify the potential consequences of these hazards, and propose corrective and protective measures to prevent or mitigate such hazards.
For more on Airbus assistance in introducing an aviation safety management system, see the Information Notice IN2255-I-00 (.pdf format) and visit Airbus International Services.
The technological leadership of Airbus directly supports the safe operation of the company’s rotorcraft in missions around the world.
From cutting-edge aircraft design to state-of-the-art systems and displays, Airbus has developed a reputation for constant innovation that ensures the latest advances in safety are incorporated on its rotary-wing aircraft. A full range of technological improvements to increased safety include:
Crashworthy seats on Airbus helicopters are designed to absorb a portion of the crash energy that would otherwise be transmitted to the occupant. They are equipped with a four-point safety belt system, and the harness restraint system incorporates an automatic inertial reel and a device for manual locking of the shoulder belts.
Airbus actively supports initiatives to improve fleet safety around the world. This involves close interaction with its customers to obtain feedback on their needs and challenges, along with active participation in meetings, symposiums, forums and other industry events.
Airbus has sponsored the CHC Safety and Quality Summit for the past several years, an event that promotes a high level of aviation safety through “safety by cooperation and collaboration.” Airbus helicopter safety experts also actively contribute as speakers at this event.
Learn more about the CHC Safety & Quality Summit
Check back regularly for the latest safety-related events from Airbus’ helicopter division.