In the course of the past ten years, the risks involved in flying in helicopters have been reduced by 16 per cent.
According to a recent SINTEF report, there has been only one serious accident during that time – and that one did not involve loss of life. This positive development has been attributed to new helicopters, a higher competence level, more stringent technical requirements and similarly higher requirements regarding training and recommended guidelines.
Norwegian safety requirements are strict, but the goal is for transport to become even safer in the course of the next ten years. SINTEF believes that this is a realistic prospect, but the sector’s trade union is afraid that adapting to the requirements of the EU could weaken the recommendations.