Throughout the world, volunteers have come together to improve safety in the global vertical aviation community by forming regional safety teams.

These teams of national and industry stakeholders drive data-driven safety initiatives to improve the safety of civil vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) operations in their respective regions. VAST was created in part to ensure that these regional teams can easily share safety data, information, and initiatives in a central location.

If you are interested in being an active volunteer for VTOL safety, contact the appropriate regional safety team below or a VAST member organization. Or contact for assistance.

Brazil (BHEST)

Canada (Helicopter Association of Canada)

  • Todd Tkach
  • Fred Jones
  • Corey Taylor

Chile (ACHHEL)

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Commonwealth of Independent States

  • Victor Rukhlinskiy, Senior Deputy of the Chairperson of IAC

Europe (ESPN-R)

  • Coordinator – Michel Masson, EASA
  • Coordinator – Bernd Osswald, Airbus Helicopters
  • Coordinator – Joost Vreeken, NLR


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  • Mr. Osamu Washida

Mexico (HST-Mexico)

  • Erick Perez
  • Eduardo Mendoza
  • Mr. Pablo Carranza, Aviation Director

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Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

  • Capt. Samir Sajet, Regional Aviation Safety Officer, UAE World Food Programme, Sharjah Airport Freezone, United Arab Emirates

New Zealand

  • Vicki Coats, Team Lead, Certification , Agricultural & Helicopter
  • Adrian Duncan
  • Corey Price
  • Rebecca Langton

United States of America (USHST)

  • Chris Baur
  • Robert Reckert
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