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Vuichard Helicopter Safety Seminar for Pilots

This course will cover flying techniques and procedures that will lead to a significant reduction of accidents and incidents, and even save lives. The techniques presented were invented by the instructor, Claude Vuichard, during his career flying search-and-rescue and helicopter air ambulance missions in the Swiss Alps. High-resolution video will illustrate the theoretical principles presented.

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

  • About human factors as it relates to aviation accidents
  • The reasons for accidents
  • How use of Vuichard techniques will increase their safety

Date: Monday, January 27 Monday, January 27 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Pilot
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Claude Vuichard, Leocopter
Price by Dec. 6: $505 Member | $750 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $645 Member | $945 Non-Member
Operational Risk Management for Helicopter Operations

This course will teach helicopter operators techniques that will help them identify hazards in their operational environment—even hazards they’ve become hardened to. We will walk them through the steps to quantify those hazards as risk factors, and 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 to identify and manage new and emerging risks during flight. The tools we present further support postflight risk-data gathering. We teach

participants how to use the data to identify trends of at-risk behaviors and to use the analysis to develop effective risk management strategies.

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

  • To educate organizational leadership about fostering and strengthening risk management
  • To understand and demonstrate the characteristics of an effective risk manager and how the position integrates into an organization’s administrative structure
  • To develop simple but effective risk assessment tools for specific missions
  • To instill the necessary mind-sets to use safety as a tool to get the job done
  • To conduct follow-on trend analysis to support changes in policy, training, or equipment acquisition

Date: Monday, January 27 Monday, January 27 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Dan Deutermann and Chris Andres, The Squadron, In
Price by Dec. 6: $505 Member | $750 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $645 Member | $945 Non-Member
Part 135 Management Bootcamp: Day 2

Day 2 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 internal staffing and the relationships required with the FAA.

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

  • The knowledge and skill necessary to effectively provide management and oversight of a Part 135 operation

Date: Monday, January 27 Monday, January 27 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Operations, Pilot
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Randy Rowles, Helicopter Institute Inc.
Price by Dec. 6: $420 Member | $595 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $521 Member | $765 Non-Member
HAI Safety Symposium: Wanted Alive (the NTSB Most Wanted List)

This year’s safety symposium will include a roundtable discussion between senior leaders from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the helicopter industry about relevant issue areas and safety recommendations associated with the 2019–20 NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. This list, the NTSB’s premier advocacy tool, identifies the top safety improvements that can be made to prevent accidents, minimize injuries, and save lives in the future. It is our road map from lessons learned to lives saved. All HAI HELI-EXPO attendees are invited to join us for coffee and breakfast and to learn more about what they can do to implement and champion these critical safety improvements. (Pending committee submission)

Date: Monday, January 27 Monday, January 27 | 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Track(s): Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Dave Blair, Sikorsky; Clint Johnson, NTSB; Dave Repsher; Matt Rigsby, FAA
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Safety Directors Forum: Elevating Safety Culture and Professionalism

How’s your safety culture? We all have one, but some are high-performing while others are deficient and can actually contribute to accident chains. At this forum, we will discuss practical ways to improve safety on both the organizational level (the safety culture) and on the personal level (professionalism). Learn how to assess your safety culture and to apply a just-culture philosophy and the tools to take it to the next level. Discuss the benefits of increasing the level of professionalism among you and your colleagues and hear about tactics you can use to make that happen.

Date: Monday, January 27 Monday, January 27 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Track(s): Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Keith Cianfrani, Aviation Safety Consultants, LLC; Scott Churchill, Scott’s Helicopter Services; Ed Coleman, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College; Manny Figlia, Airbus
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Mil2Civ: Landing Jobs in the Civil Helicopter Industry

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 the 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 resume and interview tips
  • Get inside information on common stumbling points for aviation solders 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, January 27 Monday, January 27 | 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Veterans, Guest Speakers and Supporter
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Public Aircraft Operations

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.

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

  • The eligibility requirements for public aircraft
  • The contractual requirements for operating as a public aircraft
  • Methodologies used to ensure your organization successfully negotiates the land mines associated with public aircraft operations

Date: Monday, January 27 Thursday, February 27 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Marshall Filler, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein
Price by Dec. 6: $315 Member | $460 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $435 Member | $645 Non-Member
Advanced Preflight: A Clear Path to Safety

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA have identified a number of fatal accidents caused by maintenance-related problems that should have been caught during preflight. Therefore, the two agencies urge pilots to conduct a more thorough preflight inspection of aircraft that have just been returned to service, particularly after unscheduled maintenance or inspections. This advanced preflight goes beyond the normal preflight checklist to include a review of the ship’s maintenance history and an additional items checklist. Attendees will also review the elements of a standard preflight and will receive a sample advanced preflight checklist.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Track(s): Pilot, Safety
Instructor: William Hopper, Helicopters Inc.
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
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