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HAI Rotor Safety Challenge

Learn new skills and improve on-the-job safety

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Flying Blind

You may have 20/20 vision … but what do you really see? We will examine the human brain (hardware) and human mind (software) as they relate to our visual system. Too often we “look” but do not “see.” This can be a function of our “software” and/or “hardware.” We must understand every kind of “blind spot” so that we can incorporate techniques to improve our visual performance.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Bruce A. Webb, Airbus Helicopters
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Fuel: The Lifeblood of Your Helicopter

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 session with a good understanding of the safety issues when working with and around aviation fuels.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Walter P. Chartrand, Aviation Maritime Services
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Good Data Drives Good Decisions

This session will explore the latest advances in helicopter flight-data monitoring tools, techniques, and equipment. It will highlight the benefits of participating in the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) system and discuss the latest advances in incorporating helicopter flight-data monitoring data into ASIAS.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Cliff Johnson, FAA
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
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
Helicopter Ditching and Egress: Evaluate, Prepare, Perform

This session will introduce essential questions to ask and answer when evaluating overwater risk and the steps passengers and crew can take to help ensure the best possible outcome prior to ditching. This session covers the critical steps required for a successful egress, including the most common barriers to success and how to overcome them, essential water survival skills, and hypothermia mitigation

Date: Tuesday, January 28 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am || Wednesday, January 29 | 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Track(s): Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Michael Mulford, Survival Systems US
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Helicopter Scenario-Based Training: FAA PEGASAS Research Update

A university research team from the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation will provide updates on its current concepts for helicopter scenario-based training. Attendees will learn the benefits of scenario-based training and explore risk-management concepts, including the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) and the BowTie method of classifying risk threats and consequences.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety, UAS
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Dr. Stephen K. Cusick, Florida Institute of Technology
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Hey, You’re an A&P – Sign This!

Presented by the HAI Safety Committee, this meeting will explore the pressures maintenance technicians face in their work, particularly as it pertains to signing off work and returning aircraft to service. We will discuss the legal ramifications of your signature: what are you saying with that signature and what risks does it expose you to? We will also discuss FAA regulations and best practices that will help you stay out of court and keep on the right side of the FARs. Anyone interested in learning the finer points of the regulations pertaining to A&P signoffs is welcome to attend.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Track(s): Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Rob Lakind, Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstin & Blader; Duke Puharich, Siller Helicopters, Inc.
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
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