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HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar

Topics may include:
•    Career tracks and advancement in the helicopter industry
•    Survival tips for a helicopter career, highlighting specific sectors of the industry
•    Resume preparation, networking techniques, and the hiring process
•    Professionalism
•    Getting hired and flying in the offshore oil sector and in the tour sector.

Date: Monday, March 4 Monday, March 4 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Career Development, Operations
Instructor: W. Lyn Burks, Rotorcraft Pro Media Network
Price by Jan. 18: $100 Member | $135 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $125 Member | $155 Non-Member
Long-Line Cargo Rigging

Take your skill level up a notch and learn from industry-leading professionals how to properly use, maintain, and execute rigging methods and rigging-gear inspection practices that can be utilized and shared with job-site personnel, leading to a safer work environment for all.

Date: Monday, March 4 Monday, March 4 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): General Safety, Pilot
Instructor: Michael Gelskey, Jr, Lift-It Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Price by Jan. 18: $460 Member | $680 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $585 Member | $860 Non-Member
Part 135 Management Bootcamp – Part 2 only

The Part 135 Management Bootcamp is a two-day, two-part course designed to provide eligible attendees with the knowledge and skill to effectively provide management and oversight of a Part 135 operation. Part 2 of this course will introduce knowledge required to manage day-to-day operations and make alterations or additions to the operational capability of a Part 135 organization, as well as how to manage the relationships required with the FAA and internal staffing.

Date: Monday, March 4 Monday, March 4 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Career Development, Operations
Instructor: Randy Rowles, Performance Instruction Services
Price by Jan. 18: $380 Member | $540 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $475 Member | $695 Non-Member
Public Aircraft

This course provides instruction on the statutory provisions and FAA guidance governing public aircraft operations (PAO), including the basic requirements for operating a public aircraft (including unmanned aircraft systems), what constitutes an eligible governmental function, and the practical implications of using the same aircraft to conduct both civil and public operations. The course also discusses FAA policy regarding PAO under government contract.

Date: Monday, March 4 Monday, March 4 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Track(s): IA Renewal, Maintenance, Operations
Instructor: Marshall Filler, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC
Price by Jan. 18: $285 Member | $420 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $395 Member | $585 Non-Member
Understanding Risk Culture through Individual Personalities

Decision-making as a crew can be difficult when personality differences get involved. How the crew handles those differences can be a direct reflection of the safety and risk-taking culture at their base. New data, recent accidents, and a personal perspective help you understand why crew decisions can fail at the wrong time, despite good training and safety awareness programs.

Date: Monday, March 4 Monday, March 4 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot
Instructor: Kenneth Cerney
Price by Jan. 18: $365 Member | $540 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $475 Member | $695 Non-Member
Underwater Egress Procedures and EBD Familiarization

This course provides all personnel working or traveling on or over water with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to egress aircraft in a ditching emergency while deploying an emergency breathing device (EBD)

Date: Monday, March 4 Monday, March 4 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Pilot
Instructor: Survival Systems USA Inc
Price by Jan. 18: $385 Member | $400 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $400 Member | $435 Non-Member
Military to Civilian Transition Workshop

A successful career in military aviation does not easily translate into the commercial sector. There are several things you need to know now in order to prepare for a career in civil aviation after retirement or ETS. Attendees will benefit from advice and mentoring on important skills or practices that will lead to a successful aviation career in the future. Several mentors from the civil helicopter industry — most of whom are prior military — will be present. Get advice on making the transition from those who did it successfully:
• Special breakout session for maintainers
• Logging PIC and flight time in accordance with FAA rules
• How to write an aviation résumé and interview tips
• Get inside information on common stumbling points for aviation soldiers in the commercial helicopter industry
• Start building your network now!

This event is provided at no cost to attendees, but registration is required.

Date: Monday, March 4 Monday, March 4 | 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Instructor: Veterans, Guest Speakers and Supporters
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Integrating UAS into Your Current Operation

Helicopter operators are rapidly realizing that small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) continue to encroach on their market share. This course helps operators consider strategies to integrate UAS into their flight operations as a way to retain business and bolster opportunities in other missions. Operations and safety protocols will be discussed, and group work will include making viability assessments for UAS integration.

Date: Monday, March 4 Monday, March 4 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Operations, UAS
Instructor: Professor Scott Burgess, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Price by Jan. 18: $365 Member | $540 Non-Member
Price after Jan. 18: $475 Member | $695 Non-Member

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 –

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 with any questions.

Learn More

Questions? Contact the HAI Education Department at 703-302-1612 or