industry U.S. HELICOPTER SAFETY TEAM Industry and government collaborate on helicopter safety T S T O R Y B Y L I N D S E Y he U.S. Helicopter Safety Team is a rotor-wing public-private partnership focused on reducing the civil fatal helicopter accident rate, with a goal of decreasing the fatal accident rate by 20% to .61 fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hours by 2020. The USHST was formally launched in 50 avionics news * september 2019 M C F A R R E N 2013 but existed previously as part of an international initiative that began in 2005. The USHST is a sister organization to the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee and the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, the airline-centric safety organization. It also is a regional partner of the International Helicopter Safety Foundation.