Who We Are
The Global HFDM Steering Group was formed following the CHC Safety & Quality Summit held in Vancouver, Canada at the end of March, 2010. Bringing together more than 70 people representing 48 organizations from across the globe, the Steering Group seeks to make HFDM as accessible as possible to all operators both large and small, by sharing information with the intent of making HFDM easy for operators to implement. The wide adoption of HFDM has been recognized as a key initiative by the International Helicopter Safety Team, a group formed in 2006 with a vision of reducing the rate of civil helicopter accidents by 80% within 10 years.
The Global HFDM Steering Group is chaired by Captain Mike Pilgrim, Managing Director of Helinalysis . “My number one goal for this group is to promote what I call ‘joined-up thinking’,” said Pilgrim, regarding HFDM. “By working together to make HFDM simpler and more uniform across the industry, we’ll see much greater adoption of the technology and a marked improvement in flight safety. The helicopter community has recognized that HFDM is the future; now we have to work to ensure that there’s every reason to use it.” Pilgrim, a long‐time proponent of HFDM, organized an HFDM Day following a CHC Safety & Quality Summit in order to help open industry‐wide communications between the original equipment manufacturers, operators, equipment suppliers and other industry players. Based on the positive response, a further workshop was organized at the following year’s Safety & Quality Summit in Vancouver which resulted in the formation of the Community’s 13 member Steering Group and working groups on Technical, Operational and Communications issues. Many key players of the International Helicopter Safety Team from Europe and the US are actively involved with the Global HFDM initiative, ensuring close cooperation with wider safety implementation efforts internationally.
- Routine and effective utilization of Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) in a just culture environment across the global helicopter industry.
- Improve helicopter safety through provision of focus and leadership on issues concerning the manufacture, distribution, operation and support of HFDM systems.
- Co-ordinate user requirements for HFDM systems, as well as support and advise aircraft & equipment manufacturers in meeting those requirements.
- Provide a source of expertise, information and advice for users wishing to adopt HFDM systems.
- Development and communication of industry best practice on HFDM matters.