When the rotorcraft community convened for the annual AHS Forum in West Palm Beach, Florida, in May, it was in the wake of a fatal offshore helicopter crash, involving an Airbus H225 in the North Sea. Addressing the audience of engineers and researchers, Airbus Helicopters Chief Technology Officer Jean-Brice Dumont urged the industry “to think safety first.” More than performance, safety has become a driving concern for the industry because, along with noise, it holds ...

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