Show: March 4 - 7, 2019 | Exhibit March 5 - 7 | Atlanta, Georgia
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Helicopter Surviving Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC)

This course provides the pilot with techniques and procedures to help avoid and survive an Inadvertent IMC event. In addition, the course is a valuable refresher and motivator to maintain IFR proficiency during the course of normal line operations. By the end of this course, clients will be able to:

  • State the major causes for IIMC accidents
  • List preflight and in-flight IIMC avoidance strategies
  • Describe effective Preflight Planning
  • Identify conditions that warrant a “no-go”, “turn around” or “land” decision
  • List best practices for surviving initial entry into IIMC
  • Describe the recovery procedures for an IIMC encounter.

Date: Tuesday, March 5 Tuesday, March 5 | 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Track(s): General Safety, Pilot
Instructor: Chris Willis, FlightSafety International
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Concept to Commissioning: The ICAO Heliport Design Process

This session will identify the considerations involved in developing ground-level or rooftop hospital helipads intended for use by helicopters operating in a Performance Class 1 environment under International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rules. The application process will be discussed, along with examples of recent projects undertaken in Australia.

Date: Wednesday, March 6 Wednesday, March 6 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Track(s): Career Development, Operations
Instructor: Peter A Simpson, PSNK Pty Ltd
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Helicopter Ditching and Egress: Evaluate, Prepare, Perform - Wednesday Option

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

By the end of this session, attendees will understand the critical questions in evaluating over-water risk. They will be able to identify pre-ditching procedures and the steps for underwater egress and water survival.

Date: Wednesday, March 6 Wednesday, March 6 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Track(s): Career Development, Pilot
Instructor: Jon P Ehm, Survival Sytems USA Inc.
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
HFDM 101: Airbus-Installed Vision 1000

Attendees will learn how to use the recorded flight data, cockpit imaging, and audio from the Vision 1000. We will look at the recorder to learn what it does, how to use it, and how to employ industry best practices to enhance operational safety and oversight. We will look at real-world examples and on-site demonstrations.

Date: Wednesday, March 6 Wednesday, March 6 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations
Instructor: Casey DeLanghe, Appareo
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Navigating the Legal Process of an Aviation Accident

This session will enhance attendees’ awareness of the nuances of the legal process in the event of an accident, including:

  • The amount of preparedness advisable in advance of an accident event
  • How to respond when an accident occurs,
  • Working with authorities and the array of evidence to be sought and preserved
  • Traps and pitfalls for the unwary
  • The importance of effective counsel throughout the process.

Popp will share his insights on what factors can create a different outcome during the fallout from an accident. The helicopter industry is a target for, and sometimes victim of, litigation and huge verdicts, so an understanding of what counts from a legal perspective in a crisis is critical.

Date: Wednesday, March 6 Wednesday, March 6 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Track(s): Operations, Pilot
Instructor: Gregory A. Popp, Hassell-Legal, P.A.
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
New eVTOL Codes, Regulations, Guidelines, and Good Practices for Heliports and Vertiports - Wednesday 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: Wednesday, March 6 Wednesday, March 6 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Track(s): General Safety, Operations, Pilot
Instructor: Ray Syms, HeliExperts International LLC
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Safely Managing Helipads

Using a collaborative effort between aviation consultants, helicopter operators, and IT professionals, this class will show you the process for consolidating maintenance, training, inspection, and fiscal accountability for a system of helipads and heliports.

Getting a handle on all the disparate variables that influence the safety of your helipad procedures and tying in real-time updates will enable your operation to react safely, more effectively, and efficiently when impacted by real-world events.

Date: Wednesday, March 6 Wednesday, March 6 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Track(s): General Safety, Maintenance, Operations
Instructor: Martin Fisher, Atrium Health
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Fuel: The Lifeblood of Your Aircraft - Wednesday Option

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

This comprehensive session covers fuel specifications, proper receipt procedures. and field quality-control tests to ensure that on-specification, clean, and dry product is delivered to your aircraft. We will review fuel specifications from the ASTM along with standard industry practices for the receipt of aviation fuels. Pilots, mechanics, and facility operations personnel will also come away from this seminar with a good understanding of the safety issues when working with and around aviation fuels.

Date: Wednesday, March 6 Wednesday, March 6 | 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Track(s): General Safety, Maintenance, Pilot
Instructor: Walter P. Chartrand, Aviation Training Academy
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.