The Flight Safety Foundation this week announced the creation of the Australian Helicopter Advisory Group (AHAG). A subsidiary of FSF's Australian Advisory Board, its mission "is to pursue the continuous improvement of helicopter safety and the prevention of accidents," according to FSF's release (which is not yet online, but will be--here
--at some point). The group's chair will Terry Summers of Rotor-Lift Aviation
According to FSF, the AHAG "will identify current and emerging safety issues and work with the industry to address these issues and provide an independent voice for the industry that is focused on safety."
FSF President and CEO Bill Voss said that even though AHAG will focus on Australia's helicopter industry, he's hopeful the group's work "will have relevance in many other countries." Voss noted that FSF stands ready to relay lessons learned through its broad international reach.
FSF has been active in helicopter safey in the U.S. of late, recently announcing its participation
in a study on air ambulance safety.