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
This session will provide listeners with a regional update of aerial firefighting activities and issues around the world.
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
This session will provide attendees with an understanding and appreciation of the benefits to safety and overall operations provided by modern flight-data monitoring (FDM) systems and the FAA’s Rotorcraft Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (R-ASIAS) program.
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
This session will provide attendees with a greater understanding of the advanced technologies associated with aerial firefighting buckets.
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
Attendees will gain an understanding of current and future unmanned aircraft system (UAS) use and potential in the aerial firefighting environment. Areas of discussion could include capabilities of UAS and the interoperability of these aircraft with manned aircraft and ground firefighters.
Ben Miller, Director, Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting
5:40 pm–6:05 pm Restricted-Category Aircraft in AFF
Attendees will gain an understanding of the current use and potential of restricted-category aircraft (RCA) in the aerial firefighting environment. Possible areas of focus include the benefits and capabilities of RCA and the unique regulatory processes involved in the use of these aircraft.
Travis Storro, 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
This panel discussion by a group of diverse, successful aerial firefighting pilots will provide listeners with an understanding of the potential paths to the career.
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
The session will provide a general overview of the training, qualifications, and other requirements associated with aerial firefighting internationally.
Eduardo Boisset, Chief Pilot, Servicios Aereos Kipreos
7:30 pm–8:00 pm Fatigue and Maintenance Duty Cycle Management
This session provides attendees with insight to the challenges faced by maintainers working in the aerial firefighting environment, including fatigue and the benefits of safety-centric duty cycles.
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
This session provides an overview of modern technology and systems that can greatly enhance the chance of surviving a helicopter 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 Environments
Attendees will gain an enhanced understanding of the external factors and influences that place demands on aircrews and ground crews in high-risk environments as well as effective approaches and tools to mitigate those risks.
Chris Young, PIK West Insurance Agency
7:30 pm–8:00 pm Mountain and Confined-Area Safety
This session provides an enhanced understanding of the hazards and mitigations associated with aerial firefighting operations in mountainous or confined areas.
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 Open Period: Networking, Visiting Virtual Booths, Attendee Activities  
4:55 pm–5:10 pm 15-minute break  

TRACK A: SAFETY

5:10 pm–5:40 pm Accident Reviews
This session provides an overview of recent accidents and incidents related to the aerial firefighting industry, including the causal factors or related influences, if known.
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
This session will provide the audience with an enhanced understanding of the programs, processes, and procedures that facilitate safe interoperability of manned and unmanned aircraft in aerial firefighting operations.
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 Fuel: The Lifeblood of Your Helicopter
Attendees will gain an enhanced understanding of the risks and special procedures/best practices to support safe, efficient fueling operations at remote firefighting locations.
Walter Chartrand, Training Manager, Aviation Training Academy
5:40 pm–6:10 pm Modern Aerial Firefighting Retardants/Liquids
This session will provide listeners with a greater understanding of the latest generation of firefighting retardants and liquids, and their utility in and benefits to the rotorcraft aerial firefighting industry.
Edward Goldberg, CEO, Perimeter Solutions
6:10 pm–6:40 pm Training for Success: Seasonal Trainees
Attendees will gain an enhanced understanding of processes and best practices that support the successful training and preparation of seasonal pilots for annual aerial firefighting operations.
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
A look at who, what, where, when, and why the US Forest Service conducts functional site visits, how they are conducted, and what was learned in 2020
David Gomez, National Helicopter Program Manager, US Forest Service
7:35 pm–8:05 pm Aviation Contracting with DOI
Attendees will hear a general overview of the aviation programs and customers supported by the US Department of the Interior (DOI) Acquisition Services Directorate (AQD) Boise, as well as guidance, best practices, and upcoming DOI aviation contracting opportunities.
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
This session will provide listeners with a better understanding of potential rotorcraft aerial firefighting requirements in terms of capabilities (technology), aircraft capacities (numbers and types of manned or remotely piloted aircraft), and crew competencies.
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
This session will provide attendees with a better understanding of the processes, policies, and best practices that support collaborative international interactions during firefighting activities.
Ray Cronin, President, Australian Helicopter Industry Association
Claudio Avendaño, Chief Pilot, Ecocopter
7:35 pm–8:05 pm Wildfire Overview – Australia
This session will provide an overview of where Australia is now in comparison to the terrible fire season of 2018–19. This could include lessons learned, background as to why it was such a huge fire season, and any changes to the response system that resulted from that season.
Richard Alder, General Manager, Australia National Aerial Firefighting Centre
8:05 pm–8:35 pm Global Wildfire Information System
Attendees will learn about the capabilities and benefits of the Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS).
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