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After the Accident: Working with the NTSB

This session presents best practices for on-scene helicopter accident investigations with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). It is based on the experiences of helicopter accident party members, drawing from their work with regulators and industry experts during major helicopter accident investigations. Created with input from NTSB and FAA investigators, this session bridges the gap between investigation methodology and real-world application of those skills. Attendees will learn practical techniques for use in accident investigations as well as in pre-accident preparation.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Track(s): Operations, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Michael Benton, VyClimb Consulting, LLC
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
The Connected Helicopter

Learn about products, services, and trends for connected helicopters, including health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS), flight-data monitoring and analysis, satellite tracking, voice and data transmission, and the latest in high-speed video and data-file transmission.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Track(s): Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Rick Buchanan, Honeywell Aerospace
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Firefight with Confidence: Bambi Bucket Maintenance

Fighting wildland fires with helicopters can be dangerous, and it is important to properly maintain equipment so it will be reliable when you need it most. This session will cover technical information on Bambi Bucket and Bambi MAX Bucket systems, their maintenance, and procedures to reduce risk and promote safe operation. Attendees will leave the session with the techniques and knowledge to maintain and operate safe and reliable equipment.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Track(s): Maintenance, Pilot
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Alexander Wutschnik, SEI Industries Ltd.
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
IIMC: You Can Survive

Inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions (IIMC) has been a major factor in fatal accidents for all rotorcraft sectors. While it is a serious threat that must be respected, the good news is that we can make a difference. Join me for an overview of how IIMC has been mitigated in helicopter air ambulance operations. Learn strategies and techniques that will increase your chances of surviving an IIMC encounter. Data shows that this threat exists for every pilot, but real-world experience teaches us it does not have to be a fatal encounter.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Track(s): Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Jason Quisling, Air Methods Corp/
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Managing Complexity to Form a Simple SMS

In an increasingly complex aviation environment, the operator is challenged to sift through the large volume of information collected from multiple sources and find the essential points that reveal vulnerabilities. We will discuss what drives complexity and how to simplify it, how to utilize data analysis effectively, and how to make complex systems work to ensure the effectiveness of your safety management system (SMS).

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety, UAS
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Christopher Young, CY Consulting Solutions
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Structured Risk Analysis for Aerial Work Operations

This session will present a structured risk-analysis process based on the experiences of the Swiss helicopter industry. This process aims to identify risks and then take action to mitigate them, thereby reducing risk to a sustainable level. The session also will present the latest content from the ICAO Safety Management Manual. Practical examples will provide insight on how to perform this process in your own organization.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Christian Müller, Next Generation Flight Training
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Helicopter Operations Management: Advanced

This course will present advanced management techniques and tools for managers of helicopter operations. These topics commonly fall outside the scope of experience of most technically oriented helicopter management personnel but are very important to the successful management of these companies.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will learn:

  • To explain and apply the basic principles and concepts of analyzing and improving productivity
  • Pricing strategies
  • Financial report analysis
  • How to obtain financing
  • Life-cycle costing
  • Net present-value analysis

Date: Thur., Jan. 30 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm || Sat., Feb. 1 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Track(s): Operations, Pilot
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Bill de Decker, Conklin & de Decker
Price by Dec. 6: $1,085 Member | $1,635 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $1,360 Member | $2,045 Non-Member
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