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Helicopter Operator Management

This course covers important business, operations, and management skills that are outside the typical experience of technically oriented helicopter management personnel but that are vital to successful management of helicopter operations. The subjects covered focus on the development of a business case for a typical helicopter operation, including creating a business plan, management, marketing, and finances.

Date: Friday, March 1 Monday, March 4 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Career Development, Operations
Instructor: Bill de Decker, Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc
Price by Jan. 18: $1,660 Member | $2,485 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $2,110 Member | $3,160 Non-Member
Shipping Rotorcraft Parts that Are Hazardous Materials

The class will teach students to recognize hazardous materials (with a focus on aerospace parts and components that are hazardous materials) and will explain, step-by-step, how to ship those materials in compliance with US regulations.

Date: Saturday, March 2 Sunday, March 3 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): General Safety, Pilot, Operations
Instructor: Jason Dickstein, Washington Aviation Group, PC, and the Law Offices of Jason Dickstein
Price by Jan. 18: $365 Member | $540 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $475 Member | $695 Non-Member
UAS and UAV: Applications and Awareness for the Rotorcraft Industry

This course is designed to familiarize attendees with new applications and emerging technologies of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), as well as their impact on rotorcraft aviation, both from an economic standpoint as well as operational and safety considerations. Topics include categories, platforms, applications, operations and regulations, safety in the operating environment, and collaborative teaming between manned and unmanned systems.

Date: Saturday, March 2 Saturday, March 2 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Operations, UAS
Instructor: Mr. David Thirtyacre, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Price by Jan. 18: $365 Member | $540 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $475 Member | $695 Non-Member
The Emotionally Effective Leader

Safety is imbedded throughout all levels of helicopter operations but unknowingly; managers can create an atmosphere that diminishes safety instead of fostering it. This session will discuss the importance of developing emotional intelligence (EQ) for managers in order to improve awareness, communication, and behavior.

Date: Saturday, March 2 Saturday, March 2 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Operations
Instructor: Kim Hutchings, Volo Mission LLC
Price by Jan. 18: $380 Member | $540 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $475 Member | $695 Non-Member
Aerospace Physiology from an Operational Perspective

We will look at four topics in depth:

  • Fatigue and sleep deprivation
  • Energy drinks
  • Stress and aeronautical decision-making
  • Spatial disorientation.

Date: Sunday, March 3 Sunday, March 3 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Operations, Pilot
Instructor: Dr. Dudley Crosson, APSA/Delta P
Price by Jan. 18: $365 Member | $540 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $475 Member | $695 Non-Member
Introduction to the Dirty Dozen Contributing Factors

No one intends to make an error. Yet people make them. In this course, attendees will learn how to avoid the 12 most common factors (the Dirty Dozen) that contribute to making errors. Armed with this knowledge, participants can develop safety nets (strategies) to avoid making errors or to catch errors before they cause accidents.

Date: Sunday, March 3 Sunday, March 3 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): General Safety, Operations, Pilot
Instructor: Gordon Dupont, System Safety Services
Price by Jan. 18: $365 Member | $540 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $475 Member | $695 Non-Member
Operational Risk Management

In this course, we teach operators techniques to help them identify hazards in their operational environment. We walk them through the steps to quantify those hazards as risk factors, and how to reflect those risks in a meaningful FRAT (flight risk assessment tool) format that sticks with the crew beyond preflight planning and becomes a viable in-flight methodology for identifying and managing emerging risks during flights. The tools we present further support post-flight risk data-gathering. We teach attendees how to use the data to identify trends or at-risk behaviors, and how to use the analysis to develop effective risk-management strategies.

Date: Sunday, March 3 Sunday, March 3 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): General Safety, Operations
Instructor: Chris Andres and Rick Christoffersen
Price by Jan. 18: $460 Member | $680 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $585 Member | $860 Non-Member
SUAS Part 107 Ground School

This course prepares attendees to take and pass an FAA Part 107 knowledge test, which enables them to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the National Airspace System. Previous aeronautical knowledge certainly helps, but this course does not require previous experience.

Date: Sunday, March 3 Sunday, March 3 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Career Development, Operations, Pilot, UAS
Instructor: Dr. Joe Cerreta, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Price by Jan. 18: $195 Member | $300 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $285 Member | $385 Non-Member
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General Information

on Professional Education Courses

HAI Professional Education courses target issues of specific concern to helicopter operators, pilots, managers, maintenance and safety professionals, and transitioning military, and provide information essential to success in today’s rapidly changing operating environment. In 2019, HAI is offering 20+ different courses, taught by some of the best instructors in the industry.

Course Locations and Dates                       

All 2019 HAI Professional Education courses will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center course confirmation for the specific room.

All registrants will receive specific information regarding their course registrations via email closer to the course date. When arriving at the course location, students can proceed directly to their classrooms.

HAI and its instructors reserve the right to adjust course outlines, schedules, and materials. Parking fees are not included in the course registration fee and are the responsibility of the course participant.

How to Register

Each 2019 Professional Education course description features both online registration and a downloadable course registration form. Enrollment is limited; registrations will be accepted in order of receipt by HAI. Confirmation emails will be sent to registrants once their seat is confirmed.

Register using a pdf course registration form and submit it via the methods below:
Fax – 703-683-4745
Email – education@rotor.org

Register on site at the Education desk, located in the Georgia World Congress Center. Please note that this type of registration is based on availability. The Education desk will be open the following hours:
Friday March 1 – Wednesday March 6 • 7:00 am-5:00 pm
Thuursday March 7 • 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Fees and Discounts

The description for each HAI Professional Education course lists the registration fee. Here are some additional ways to save:

  • HAI Member Discount. Join HAI, the association for the international helicopter community, today and register for our Professional Education courses at the member price
  • Early-Bird Pricing. Attendees who register by midnight Jan. 19, 2019, will receive discounted pricing on their courses

Certificates of Attendance

Upon completion of each course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance suitable for framing.

Professional Education Credits

The Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course provides you with a unique opportunity to renew your instructor certificate at a helicopter-only seminar.

Substitutions and Cancellations

Substitutions are welcome at any time and are based on availability. Cancellation requests must be made in writing within 30 days of the course beginning date to receive a refund minus a $20 processing fee. Submit any cancellation requests to: Helicopter Association International, Attn: Education, 1920 Ballenger Ave., 4th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314-2898.

HAI reserves the right to cancel a course and return any associated registration fees because of insufficient registration, instructor illness, or national emergency. The liability of HAI and its participating contractors, sponsors, and service providers is limited to the registration fee. 

Course Instructor

HAI Professional Education courses are fee-based, and HAI annually solicits competitive proposals from vendors for new and previously delivered courses. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for 2020, the RFP process will begin in April 2019. Please contact the Education Department at education@rotor.org with any questions.

Learn More

Questions? Contact the HAI Education Department at 703-302-1612 or education@rotor.org.