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HAI Rotor Safety Challenge

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Navigating the Legal Process of an Accident

The session is designed to cover significant aspects of the legal threat that arises from an aviation accident and how to prepare for the legal fallout in the most effective manner possible. Our focus will be on the details and actions that are important in the defense of a claim, should one arise, including: the amount of preparedness advisable in advance of an accident event; how to respond when an accident occurs, including working with authorities and the array of evidence to be sought and preserved; traps and pitfalls for the unwary; and the importance of effective counsel throughout the process.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Track(s): Operations
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Gregory A. Popp, Hassell-Legal, P.A.
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Nontechnical Skills: From Theory to Practice

In nearly every accident investigation, design problem, or training setting, human factors emerge as a topic of interest. We have all heard the term, but integrating meaningful nontechnical skill (NTS) training and evaluation into operations continues to challenge many organizations. This session addresses NTS from a practical perspective, helping teams build the capacity for resilience that creates sustainable safety.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Benjamin Goodheart, Magpie Human Safety Systems
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Offshore Evacuations with Floats with Integrated Life Rafts

In our experience of providing float systems over the past 20 years, we regularly get requests from operators asking how to use the floats, how to enter a life raft, and what to look for in an emergency. This knowledge can mean the difference between life and death. Attendees will learn what to look for when operating the floats during an emergency, what to expect after water contact, and how to operate the Liferaft system.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Track(s): Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Pablo Bravo, DART Aerospace
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Polarimetric Radar Suitable for Sensor-Fusion to Enhance Flight Safety

Radar brings unique advantages for classifying hazardous manmade obstacles on the basis of their polarization properties. Ladar, or Lidar, can classify only on the basis of imagery and is unfortunately weather dependent. Putting these two capabilities together to provide a comprehensive sensing solution through data fusion has been too expensive to implement, but this is no longer the case. A nonscanning cost-effective polarimetric radar has been successfully demonstrated and is expected to boost the effectiveness of the detection of manmade obstacles in all weather and operational conditions, thus increasing the safety of helicopter flight.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Track(s): Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Yuval Barnea, RodRadar
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Practical Aspects of Transit Flying in the Mountains

This session will use scenario-based training to provide attendees with practical real-life experience of mistakes and lessons learned in negotiating some of the most dangerous terrain in the lower 48 US states. This session is NOT about landing on platforms, pads, and landing sites in mountainous terrain. It is not about performance planning for high-altitude landings and hover work. It is about planning and safely completing a traverse of a significantly mountainous region for the pilot less experienced with this type of flying. Attendees will learn about mountainous route planning, fuel management, safety and survival considerations, and weather assessment for single-pilot helicopter operations crossing mountainous terrain.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Track(s): Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Thomas Kopitnik, Jr., TAG Aviation, LLC
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Rotor Track and Balance and Vibration Analysis

This session will be an introduction to basic vibration measurement, including specific strategies for rotor track and balance, rotor troubleshooting, and engine vibration analysis.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Track(s): Maintenance, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Jim Fackler, Helicopter Technology
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
Safety Ignited! Industry in Action

The HAI Safety Committee consists of members from nearly every helicopter mission segment, including air ambulance, law enforcement, offshore, tourism, aerial application, and power-line construction and maintenance. In this interactive session, attendees will get a glimpse of several helicopter-supported industries as well as their current safety challenges. Join us to take the pulse of safety in the helicopter industry and engage with the HAI Safety Committee in an open forum where you will have an opportunity to communicate your safety concerns. (Pending committee submission)

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Track(s): Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Susan Cadwallader, ARGUS International, Inc.; Keith Cianfrani Aviation Safety Consultants, LLC; Jeff Currin, Life Flight Network; Dave Dziura, Colorado Heli-Ops; Twain Josephson Aviation Specialties Unlimited Inc.; Christopher Young, CY Consulting Solutions
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
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