What’s New for HAI HELI-EXPO 2018
By Greg Brown
Believe it or not, HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 is just around the corner. Where has the time gone since Dallas?
Remember the promise you made to yourself — that this year you’d work on your professional development and safety awareness? It’s time to live up to that promise and achieve your goal of professional improvement.
HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 offers a diverse selection of educational programming, and many of the courses, sessions, or briefings provide FAA WINGS or AMT continuing education credits. Others offer credit toward renewing your inspection authorization (IA). No matter what your career goals are, HAI can help you get there.
In Las Vegas at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018, HAI will present more than 20 Professional Education courses. These in-depth courses require an additional registration fee and range in length from a half-day to several days. We have added some new courses to the lineup, and some popular courses from previous years are returning.
Night-Vision Goggles Ground School
HAI is excited to offer a night-vision goggles (NVG) course for the first time. Night-Vision Goggles from Beginning to End will be an excellent course for both the beginner who has never used NVGs, as well as the pilot who has many NVG hours but who may not have used them in some time.
Students completing the course will receive a certificate signifying the completion of the ground portion of NVG training. If you are thinking about adding an NVG endorsement to your pilot’s certificate, then this course will be a great place to start.
Fatigue Management Workshop
Another new course is Recurrent Human Factors: Fatigue Risk-Management Workshop. This course provides participants with the tools necessary to identify the warning signs of fatigue and apply effective countermeasures. The course content is appropriate for pilots, maintenance technicians, and any others involved in day-to-day flight operations.
Many HAI members have been conducting hurricane relief operations in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Understanding fatigue management will help to mitigate the risk incurred during these extended operations.
Part 135 Management Bootcamp
Based on feedback we received last year, we have revamped the Part 135 Management Bootcamp, splitting it into two separate courses.
Part 1 will focus on navigating the FAA Part 135 certification process. Part 2 will focus on the day-to-day operations of a Part 135 organization, including training, duty and rest limits, and adding aircraft and operational capabilities.
Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course
Another course back by popular demand is the Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course, which is one of the few in the United States that focuses specifically on helicopter instructors. If your helicopter flight instructor certificate is about to expire, this course provides you with an excellent opportunity to complete the training around your annual trip to HAI HELI-EXPO®.
Other popular returning courses focus on maintenance and operations management, operating an aircraft in the wire and obstruction environment, legal aspects of helicopter operations, implementing a safety management system, and much more. To see all the Professional Education courses to be offered at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018, visit rotor.org/takeacourse.
No-Cost Educational Opportunities
HAI and Helicopter Foundation International will again offer a robust schedule of Rotor Safety Challenge presentations that focus on maintenance, personnel, and aircraft safety. Generally one hour long and free to registered HAI HELI-EXPO attendees and exhibitors, these sessions are selected to provoke thought and discussion among you and your colleagues. Many will also offer WINGS and AMT credits.
The 2018 Rotor Safety Challenge will be held February 26–28. Please visit rotor.org/takethechallenge to see the schedule and course descriptions.
Another professional development opportunity at HAI HELI-EXPO is the Manufacturer Technical Briefings, where aircraft and engine OEMs discuss techniques and procedures on many of the type model series helicopters, engines, and components. These briefings provide an excellent opportunity for both maintenance technicians and pilots to learn about the specific aircraft they work with, as well as to ask questions and provide feedback to the manufacturers’ representatives.
The schedule for this year’s series of briefings will be posted in November on heliexpo.rotor.org; look under the Education tab. Many Manufacturer Technical Briefings are accepted by the FAA for IA renewal.
Remember the promise you made last year, and make 2018 the year you meet your professional education goals. Visit rotor.org/education for more information about the education program at HAI HELI EXPO 2018.
Greg Brown is HAI’s manager of education.