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The Intersection of Safety and the Law

When you are on fire and screaming toward the ground is no time to be reading the flight manual for the first time … or to be thinking about your legal rights and responsibilities. “Legal” and “safe” are not contradictory terms, and this presentation will give you some takeaways to ease your mind on both subjects. Attendees are encouraged to develop a habit of asking themselves, “What would a very cautious, competent, and prudent person do in my situation?” Bring your legal questions and ask an aviation lawyer.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Track(s): Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Jon Kettles, The Kettles Law Firm
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
The Vuichard Recovery: A Better Way Out of Vortex Ring State

Through the years, “settling with power” or “vortex ring state” has caused much equipment damage and numerous injuries and deaths. This session will explain in detail a new recovery technique that is much more efficient in terms of altitude loss: the Vuichard Recovery. Developed and tested over years in Switzerland and the United States, the Robinson Helicopter Company has been teaching this new technique for several years.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Wednesday, January 29 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Pilot
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Tim Tucker, Robinson Helicopter Co
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Train and Live

This session will present practical, real-world advice for pilots and instructors on training and testing of emergency and abnormal procedures. Learn how to focus your training to mitigate the risks relevant to your operation.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Track(s): Pilot
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Richard Boswell, Starspeed
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Turbine Engine Hygiene

This session presents the technical and fiscal benefits of frequent rinsing and washing of the gas path components of a turbine engine. We will begin with a short explanation of the properties of water, including the various processes used to clean and purify water. We will review turboshaft operational theory, followed by an exploration of the safety and financial benefits of using ultrapure, distilled water for the removal of airborne contaminates ingested during operation into a turbine engine. The assertions about the safety and financial benefits are supported by a testimonial video, which is part of the presentation.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Track(s): Maintenance, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Mike Broderick, Trace Worldwide
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Vision to Reality: Seeing 20/20 with EHVS

This session will showcase FAA-industry collaborative flight tests examining operational concepts for enhanced helicopter vision systems (EHVS). The FAA is evaluating ways to enhance safety for helicopter operators using EHVS systems during Point-In-Space (PInS) (Proceed Visual), Copter RNAV (Proceed VFR), and Offshore instrument approaches by using a combination of enhanced, synthetic, and combined vision systems technologies for increased operational benefit.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Track(s): Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Cliff Johnson, FAA
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
What Do I Need to Know About My Flight Gear?

There is a great deal of misunderstanding when it comes to owning and using a flight helmet. Most civilian flight crews have not had formal training in aviation life support equipment. We will look at the selection and proper care of helmets, flight suits, undergarments, boots, and gloves.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Track(s): Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Dr. Dudley Crosson, Airborne Public Safety Association / Delta P
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
What the FRAT?

Why do I need to use a flight risk assessment tool (FRAT)? Do I have to do it? When? Who? The power of a FRAT cannot be realized without understanding the answers to these questions. This session will help operators and aircrew make flight risk assessments a welcome benefit to their operation instead of another piece of dreaded red tape. Attendees will learn about the human factors that drive the need for FRATS, how to create and use one during daily operations, and how to use the data they generate to improve safety and operational efficiency.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Track(s): Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Bryan Smith, Airborne Public Safety Association
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
When Management, Maintenance, and Flight Crew Errors Create the Perfect Storm

The links in the chain of events for this helicopter accident begin with management decisions that influenced maintenance errors, which in turn positioned the pilot to make the final errors. We will discuss how simple errors can form an accident chain and look at safety nets that will help prevent similar accidents.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Gordon Dupont, System Safety Services
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
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