Day 1 Events: November 17, 2020

Note: all times listed are US eastern time zone (UTC-5).
Sessions in Tracks A and B overlap; registrants will receive post-conference access to all recorded sessions.

 

GENERAL SESSIONS

4:00 pm–4:10 pm President's Welcome James Viola, President and CEO, Helicopter Association International
4:10 pm–4:30 pm Keynote Address: Safety of the Industry Doug Barclay, VP Finance, Operations and Safety, Kachina Aviation
4:30 pm–5:00 pm Regional Update Panel Brian Beattie, Director of Operations, Croman Corp; Chairman, HAI Aerial Firefighting and Natural Resources Working Group
Loreto Moraga, President, Asociación Chilena de Operadores de Helicópteros A.G
Carlos Abrego-Aguilar, CSO and Fleet Director, Pegasus Aero Group
5:00 pm–5:15 pm 15-minute break  

TRACK A: AFF EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY

5:15 pm–5:40 pm FDM and ASIAS in AFF Cliff Johnson, Rotorcraft/Vertical Flight Research Program Manager, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Paul Spring, President, Phoenix Heli-Flight
5:40 pm–6:05 pm Modern Buckets: A Closer Look Renee Owen, VP of Growth, Vita Inclinata Technologies
6:05 pm–6:15 pm Equipment and Technology Q&A All presenters

TRACK B: AIRCRAFT UPDATES

5:15 pm–5:40 pm UAS and the Future of AFF Ben Miller, Director, Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting
5:40 pm–6:05 pm Restricted-Category Aircraft in AFF Travis Storro, Chief Operating Officer, Timberline Helicopters
6:05 pm–6:15 pm Aircraft Updates Q&A All presenters
6:15 pm–6:30 pm 15-minute break  

TRACK A: CAREERS IN THE AFF INDUSTRY

6:30 pm–7:00 pm How to Build an AFF Pilot Panel Evie Lynn, Assistant Director of Operations/Director of Safety, Aspen Helicopters
Cody Barton, Chief Pilot, Columbia Helicopters
Ramiro García Castillo, Captain, Altas Cumbres
7:00 pm–7:30 pm International Firefighting Requirements Jose de la Fuente, TBD
7:30 pm–8:00 pm Fatigue and Maintenance Duty Cycle Management Tarek Loutfy, Senior Operations and Flight Safety Manager, GE Aviation
Duke Puharich, Siller Helicopters
Robert Lakind, Aviation Attorney, Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader
8:00 pm–8:10 pm AFF Careers Q&A All Presenters

TRACK B: OPERATIONS I

6:30 pm–7:00 pm Crashworthiness: Surviving the Accident Amanda Taylor, Research Engineer, FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI), Biodynamics Research Team
7:00 pm–7:30 pm Risk Management in High-Risk Chris Young, PIK West Insurance Agency
7:30 pm–8:00 pm Mountain and Confined-Area Safety Pat Gates, Chief Instructor, High-Altitude Army Aviation Training Site (HAATS)
8:00 pm–8:10 pm Operations I Q&A All Presenters

GENERAL SESSION

8:10 pm–8:15 pm President’s Closing Remarks James Viola, President and CEO, Helicopter Association International

Day 2 Events: November 18, 2020

Note: all times listed are US eastern time zone (UTC-5).
Sessions in Tracks A and B overlap; registrants will receive post-conference access to all recorded sessions.

 

GENERAL SESSIONS

4:00 pm–4:05 pm President's Welcome James Viola, President and CEO, Helicopter Association International
4:05 pm–4:25 pm Keynote Address Chris Schuldt, Senior VP of Operations, Erickson
4:25 pm–4:55 pm Industry Leaders Panel TBD
4:55 pm–5:10 pm 15-minute break  

TRACK A: SAFETY

5:10 pm–5:40 pm Accident Reviews Lee Roskop, FAA Safety Management Section, AIR-682, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, Policy and Innovation Division
5:40 pm–6:10 pm Water Survival and Egress Maria Hanna, CEO, Survival Systems Inc
6:10 pm–6:40 pm Sharing the Air: Manned/Unmanned Aircraft Interoperability Gil Dustin, UAS Program Manager, US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
6:40 pm–6:50 pm Safety Q&A All presenters

TRACK B: OPERATIONS II

5:10 pm–5:40 pm Fueling: Lifeblood of the Helicopter Walter Chartrand, Training Manager, Aviation Training Academy
5:40 pm–6:10 pm Modern Aerial Firefighting Retardants/Liquids Edward Goldberg, CEO, Perimeter Solutions
6:10 pm–6:40 pm Training for Success: Seasonal Trainees Terry Palmer, President, Pilot Landing, LLC
6:40 pm–6:50 pm Operations II Q&A All presenters
6:50 pm–7:05 pm 15-minute break  

TRACK A: US GOVERNMENT AGENCY

7:05 pm–7:35 pm Lessons Learned from QA Reviews David Gomez, National Helicopter Program Manager, US Forest Service
7:35 pm–8:05 pm Aviation Contracting with DOI Greg Mazul, Branch Chief, AQD Division II Branch IV, US Department of the Interior
Maile Nichols, Contracting Officer, US Department of the Interior
8:05 pm–8:35 pm Future Firefighting Requirements Keith Raley, Chief, Aviation Safety, Training, Program Evaluations, & Quality Management, US Department of the Interior
Kent Hamilton, Branch Chief, Aviation Safety Management System, US Forest Service
Josh Haney, QMS/SMS Program Analyst, US Department of the Interior
8:35 pm–8:45 pm US Government Agency Q&A All Presenters

TRACK B: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

7:05 pm–7:35 pm Keys to International Collaboration Ray Cronin, President, Australian Helicopter Industry Association
Claudio Avendaño, Chief Pilot, Ecocopter
7:35 pm–8:05 pm Wildfire Overview – Australia Richard Alder, General Manager, Australia National Aerial Firefighting Centre
8:05 pm–8:35 pm Global Wildfire Information System Jesus San-Miguel-Ayanz, Senior Researcher, European Commission Joint Research Centre
8:35 pm–8:45 pm International Perspectives Q&A All Presenters

GENERAL SESSION

8:45 pm–8:50 pm President’s Closing Remarks James Viola, President and CEO, Helicopter Association International