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Australian Aviation Awards 2024 - Finalist in Safety Professional of the Year

We are thrilled to announce that our CEO Colin Weir has been revealed as a Finalist in the prestigious Australian Aviation Awards 2024 Safety Professional of the Year!

With over 60 years of dedication to the aviation industry, Colin's commitment to safety, innovation, and excellence has been recognised at the highest level.

His extensive work with the Flight Safety Group in 2023, particularly in the emerging eVTOL sector and the creation of the Vertiport Safety Pty Ltd, has set new benchmarks for aviation safety standards.

This nomination is a testament to Colin's relentless pursuit of a safer industry and his unwavering dedication to mentoring the next generation of aviation professionals.

See the finalists here - Australian Aviation Awards 2024 Finalists

Introducing the first Vertiport Safety Training (VST) Course - Online

Course Overview:

The Vertiport Safety Training course is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of safety procedures and protocols for the operation of vertiports, specifically focusing on the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft (UA). This course is based on the International Standard ISO 5015-2:2022:2022 Unmanned aircraft systems — Part 2: Operation of vertiports for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft (UA), which serves as a guide for operating vertiports.

Participants will learn about key safety considerations, emergency procedures, and best practices to ensure the safe and efficient operation of VTOL UAs in vertiports.

Benefits of this course: Read more here

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The latest OPITO standards for HLO's and HDA's require certification in: 
Helideck Operations Initial Training (HOIT)
Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO)
Helideck Assistant (HDA)
Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader (HERTL)
Helideck Emergency Response Team Member (HERTM)
Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Refresher Training (HERTM Refresher)
Helicopter Landing Site Officer (HLSO)


Additional courses offered:
Offshore Heli Refuelling
Offshore Meteorological Weather Interpretation (OMWIT)
Helideck Inspector Awareness Training (HIAT)
Our courses are OPITO equivalent, as required by IOGP, and are recognised internationally, allowing the candidates to work in these positions for 2 years. 
UKCAA CAP 437 (Edition 9 February 2023) Inspections: Flight Safety Helideck Certification has trained Inspectors to carry out the helideck inspections in terms of UKCAA CAP 437 requirements, including the required friction test using the Findlay Irvine Micro Grip Friction Tester.

  • Helideck Inspection Awareness Training (HIAT) Course

    6-7 August 2024
     in Melbourne

    HIAT Course

    Aeronautical Enterprises and Flight Safety Africa provide detailed Helideck Inspection Awareness Training (HIAT) courses that are based on UKCAA CAP 437 and in addition will include information gleaned from local operations.

    The Helideck Inspector Awareness Training (HIAT) course has now been extended to include onshore HLS (Helicopter Landing Site) design and an in-depth profile on HLSO (Helicopter Landing Site Officer) training, or can be conducted as only the standalone HIAT course.

    A 'Certificate of Participation' is issued to all participants. 


    *Accident/Incident Investigation Analysis (AIIA) Courses can be held in conjuction if required. All courses are subject to minimum numbers and date changes.


  • NEW - Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) Training Course


    The Flight Safety Group is conscious of the fact that both time and cost are of great importance to the Oil and Gas companies and have therefore designed our OPITO equivalent courses to be both cost and time effective, without forfeiting any of the requirements which ensure the crew members get the maximum benefit from the training.

    In addition, to facilitate the offshore training even further, the Flight Safety Group has now converted all applicable offshore training courses to the online platform.

    This online HLO accereditation fulfills the OPITO requirement but is applicable for current offshore personnel who hold or have held an HLO Certificate. In other words, personnel who currently fulfill the requirements for the practical OPITO experience requirements.

    Personnel who lack the experience or require additional or refresher practical training will be required to complete a separate module - the "HLO Practical Module".


­­Accident/Incident Investigation Analysis (AIIA) Course

Read Flight Safety's latest News Brief

Leading the way in Aviation Safety Auditing...

The Flight Safety group of companies have over 20 years' global experience providing external aviation Audits, Accident Investigations, Helideck Inspections, HLS Inspections and specialised training courses.

Flight Safety offers advice and certification to both International and UK CAP 437 standards for helideck and land based facilities. 

We provide exclusive access for Clients to our integrated management system and offer a complete online close-out process for Auditees.

Flight Safety also provides specialist advisory services to the legal and insurance industries. We have acted as expert witness in many critical cases covering regulatory AOC, insurance, accident, serious incident and individual flight deck and cabin crew arbitration matters.

CAP 437 OMWIT Mandate & IOGP Report 690 Refuelling Formal Training Requirements

  • The latest edition of UKCAA CAP 437, Edition 9, 2023, mandates Offshore Meteorological Weather Interpretation Training for all HLO's – visit our online OMWIT course for details.
  • IOGP Report 690 – HLO or HDA (Offshore) and HLSO (Onshore) Refuelling Personnel should complete a formal training course and a refresher-training course undertaken at intervals not exceeding two years – visit our Refuelling Training course for details.



  • Aviation Safety Audit – Fixed Wing Rotary Wing, includes all aviation operations
  • Risk Management
  • Risk Assessment
  • Systems Analysis Accident & Incident Investigation
  • Pre-regulator audit preparation, assessment & review
  • Specialising in the Global, Australian & New Zealand regulatory models which includes the South Pacific Islands, Malaysia & Indonesia.
  • Global AOC Compliance Monitoring

The Flight Safety group has personnel with extensive military and policing backgrounds and this expertise has been effectively applied nationally & internationally within auditing and aeromedical fields of operation.

  • Helideck Inspection, Design Appraisal Including New Build Design Support & Assessment
  • Helicopter Landing Site (HLS) Design, Inspection & Certification
  • CAP 437 Approved Friction Test Certification

Perth Based Friction Tester & Inspector

FSHC now has a Certified ISO 9001:2015 Lead Inspector, AND a CAP 437 approved Findlay Irvine Friction Tester, based in Perth to better service the West Australian offshore oil and gas industry.

  • Flight Operations Manual
  • Maintenance Control Manual (Including Part 145)
  • Offshore & Onshore Refuelling Manuals & Procedures
  • Safety Management Systems & Security Manuals
  • Emergency Response Procedures
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Company Standards & Manuals
  • Audit Checklists & Procedures
  • Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) Manual

Workplace Health & Safety regulations require that all medical and industrial public access areas require professional calibrated Friction Testing.
Flight Safety have the trained personnel and calibrated equipment necessary to conduct these tests to global standards.

Flight Safety has fully developed integrated safety management systems applicable to small organisations or large airline operations.
This service can be outsourced and managed by Flight Safety using web based electronic management systems.

The Flight Safety group has available aviation experts in every field of the industry.

  • Our experts are seconded to specific areas, for an allocated period of time, to mentor and monitor critical aviation projects.
  • Aviation Travel Safety Analysis - Flight Safety provides informed safety analyses on all National and International air carriers and operators as a travel risk management mitigation process.


Finding & Closeout Management System

Login in to the Flight Safety Group Intranet to manage Findings and Closeouts for your Organisation.

Quality Management System (QMS)

Flight Safety Group Quality Management System

ISO 9001:2015 Certified

Flight Safety is LRQA - ISO 9001:2015 Certified. All Flight Safety personnel are Lead Auditor trained with extensive aviation backgrounds.


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 P.O. Box 676, Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia, 4573