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Vuichard Recovery: A Better Way Out of Vortex Ring State - Tuesday Option

To better meet the demands of busy schedules, HAI is pleased to offer this popular course twice, at different times on different days.

Through the years, settling with power or the vortex ring state has caused much equipment damage and numerous injuries and deaths. A new recovery technique that is much more efficient in terms of altitude loss has been developed and tested over a period of time in Switzerland and the United States. The Robinson Helicopter Company has been teaching this new technique for two and a half years. This instructional session will explain in detail this new technique.

Date: Tuesday, March 5 Tuesday, March 5 | 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Track(s): Pilot
Instructor: Tim Tucker, Robinson Helicopter Company
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Safety: Neither a Goal nor a Priority

Situations, organizational needs and, consequently, priorities change with the prevailing business environment. Thus, safety needs should not be considered as mere priorities or goals that change but as innate/integral cultures, without which we are unable to operate — an integral part of the operational process. Maintaining an effective safety culture is therefore the responsibility of all levels of organizational authority, in all directions of the local hierarchy flow. This session provides a pragmatic understanding of how to develop the safety principles appropriate to individual organizational needs.

Date: Tuesday, March 5 Tuesday, March 5 | 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot
Instructor: George Santos, Loben Limited
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Aviation Human Factors: Protecting Us from Ourselves - Tuesday Option

To better meet the demands of busy schedules, HAI is pleased to offer this popular course twice, at different times on different days.

It has been said that there are no new accidents. So why do we continue to keep making the same mistakes? This session will use case studies and video to examine the answers to this question. In the process, participants will be introduced to human factors and error management theory.

Date: Tuesday, March 5 Tuesday, March 5 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Track(s): General Safety, Pilot
Instructor: Jason Quisling, Air Methods Corporation
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Avoiding Unwanted Helicopter Adventure

After an aircraft accident and discovering their own sense of vulnerability, John and Martha say they have become “born-again pilots.” The Kings use humor and stories from real-world cross-country experience to vividly illustrate principles of risk management and pass along practical and insightful tools you will use forever.

Date: Tuesday, March 5 Tuesday, March 5 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Track(s): Career Development, Operations, Pilot
Instructor: John and Martha King, King Schools, Inc.
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Different Personalities: Results of a Risk Study - Tuesday Option

To better meet the demands of busy schedules, HAI is pleased to offer this popular course twice, at different times on different days.

Our individual personalities can negatively affect our attitudes toward risk management and decision-making as a crew. In this session, we will examine the results of a two-year study about risk tolerance, helicopter pilots, and helicopter air ambulance flight crews. The study used the Risk Type Compass, based on the five-factor personality theory. Comparisons between pilots and crew, military- or civilian-trained pilots, single or dual, and age differences will be shared, and we’ll look at personality successes and failures.

Date: Tuesday, March 5 Tuesday, March 5 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Track(s): General Safety, Maintenance, Operations, Pilot
Instructor: Kenneth Cerney, Leader-Team Dynamics
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
New eVTOL Codes, Regulations, Guidelines, and Good Practices for Heliports and Vertiports - Tuesday Option

To better meet the demands of busy schedules, HAI is pleased to offer this popular course twice, at different times on different days.

We will examine the current state of progress of aircraft certification with the FAA on this next generation of aircraft. Issues related the new EVTOL landing area regulatory and operational challenges and how the FAA, the National Fire Protection Agency, and the American Society for Testing and Materials are planning for them.

Date: Tuesday, March 5 Tuesday, March 5 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Track(s): General Safety, Operations, Pilot
Instructor: Ray Syms, HeliExperts International LLC
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Safety Return on Investment

This session will focus on explaining the return on investment (ROI) that can be gained from an effective safety program. While ROI is a term commonly used by senior leaders when they discuss business operations, it is often hard to put a monetary value on the investment we make in our safety programs. This presentation will help to define that value through an academic discussion and real-world examples. A noted safety educator will provide a brief framework for defining and quantifying safety ROI, followed by operators from the oil and gas and helicopter air ambulance sectors who will explain the safety ROI they have seen in their businesses. The session will conclude with a moderated Q&A session.

Presenters: B.J. Goodheart, Ph.D., Versant Bryan Buchanan, BP Ken Morrow, Metro Aviation

Date: Tuesday, March 5 Tuesday, March 5 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Track(s): General Safety
Instructor: Rick Kenin, Boston MedFlight
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
What the FRAT? - Tuesday Option

To better meet the demands of busy schedules, HAI is pleased to offer this popular course twice, at different times on different days.

Flight risk assessments are a misunderstood tool that is often treated as just more paperwork to file. Why should I complete a flight risk assessment tool (FRAT)? Do I have to do it? When should I do it? Who should see the completed FRAT?

The power of a FRAT cannot be realized without understanding the answers to these questions. This session will help operators and aircrew see flight risk assessments as a welcome exercise that benefits their operation instead of as another piece of dreaded red tape.

Date: Tuesday, March 5 Tuesday, March 5 | 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations
Instructor: Christopher Young, Airborne Public Safety Association
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
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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.