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Aeronautical Decision-Making: My Brain Is Trying to Kill Me

For a skill that is so pivotal to one’s survival, it is ironic that we often leave the development of aeronautical decision making (ADM) to chance. “As you gain more experience you will make better decisions”—clearly, this is an outdated axiom. What are you doing to change this? This course will review the tenets of ADM and then explore how it is evolving. In-depth case studies of accidents will help participants understand how decision-making occurs in dynamic situations. Participants will also develop the building blocks for threat-and-error management (TEM) skills.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will learn:

  • How to better understand the human decision-making process
  •  How to distinguish between analytical and naturalistic decision-making
  • About the benefits of TEM and how to start a process for implementing it
  • How the systems work together to support successful outcomes

Date: Monday, January 27 Monday, January 27 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Pilot | Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Jason Quisling, Air Methods Corporation
Price by Dec. 6: $400 Member | $595 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $520 Member | $765 Non-Member
Aerospace Physiology and Human Performance Update

A great deal of misunderstanding surrounds the various physiological responses to stressors. How does the body react to extreme fatigue? How do energy drinks affect response times in an emergency? How do we make decisions under stress? What is spatial disorientation? This course will look at each of these from an operational perspective.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will learn:

  • About fatigue and its effects on human performance
  • The three aspects of crew rest
  • How to compare the effects of sports drinks versus energy drinks
  • About stress and its effects on how we process information
  • The four ways we make decisions
  • About spatial disorientation, and how to compare the visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive systems

Date: Monday, January 27 Monday, January 27 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Dudley Crosson, Airborne Public Safety Association / Delta P
Price by Dec. 6: $400 Member | $595 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $520 Member | $765 Non-Member
Aviation Safety Programs and Emergency Preparedness

This course is designed for aviation professionals who want to better understand and ultimately implement safety programs within a flight department. Concepts covered include emergency preparedness, emergency equipment, safety programs, best practices, and risk management.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will learn:

  • The standard techniques and key areas of safety audits
  • How to establish a safety program and safety committee
  • The key points of developing an accident/incident tracking system
  • How to develop plans for disaster recovery and emergency preparedness
  • Common maintenance control procedures for inspections, repairs, and prevention measures, including computerized options, and flight department regulatory requirements

Date: Saturday, January 25 Saturday, January 25 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Operations | Pilot | Safety
Location: Sheraton - Park A
Instructor: Ed Coleman, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Price by Dec. 6: $400 Member | $595 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $520 Member | $765 Non-Member
Aviation Survival and Egress Training with EBD

This certification course provides pilots, aircrew, and passengers with basic preflight, in-flight, and post-aircraft-ditching knowledge and survival skills, including use of emergency breathing devices (EBDs). This course begins at the Anaheim Convention Center with a classroom session on aircraft ditching, followed by a five-minute walk to the Hilton Anaheim indoor pool to practice your new survival skills. Your course confirmation will list any supplies or materials you need to bring to class.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will learn:

  • How to prioritize tasks prior to ditching
  • To identify and perform critical steps for the use of underwater egress and EBDs
  • To identify water survival skills

Date: Monday, January 27 Monday, January 27 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Maintenance | Operations | Pilot | Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Michael Mulford, Survival Systems USA
Price by Dec. 6: $425 Member | $440 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $440 Member | $480 Non-Member
Effective Leadership in Business Aviation

This course is designed to assist those in business aviation with the important task of exercising leadership by being a role model, empowering personnel, building effective teams, promoting the exchange of information, and making sound decisions in order to achieve flight department goals and promote corporate objectives.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will learn:

  • What makes a good leader
  • The different leadership styles and strategies
  • Motivational theory and mentoring
  • Team-building and communication
  • Time management
  • Basic issues of passenger (customer) satisfaction, including reliability, service, catering, baggage, scheduling, benchmarking, and customer profiles

Date: Sunday, January 26 Sunday, January 26 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Maintenance | Operations | Pilot
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Dr. Daniel Prather, Aviation Training Solutions
Price by Dec. 6: $505 Member | $750 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $645 Member | $945 Non-Member
Enhancing Your Culture of Compliance

Many leaders fall for the general misconception that the most effective way of addressing issues that contribute to incidents and accidents is to add perceived “layers of safety.” This is generally executed by introducing increasingly sophisticated technical systems. This course will train participants on how to effectively improve safety by giving adequate and appropriate consideration to human factors and their consequences.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will learn:

  • The difference between technical and nontechnical skills (NTS)
  • How to apply NTS to address root causal factors of incidents and accidents
  • How to use NTS to enhance general adherence to company rules and regulations
  • How to use NTS to assess company operations

Date: Sunday, January 26 Sunday, January 26 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Maintenance | Operations | Pilot | Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: George Santos, Loben Training and Advisory Ltd.
Price by Dec. 6: $505 Member | $750 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $520 Member | $945 Non-Member
External Cargo Rigging

Take your skill level up a notch and learn from leading industry professionals how to properly use, maintain, and execute rigging methods. We will also cover rigging-gear inspection practices that can be used and shared with job-site personnel, leading to a safer work environment for all.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will learn:

  • How to properly identify soft web, round, and long-line rigging, and acceptable methods of attachment
  • When, and more importantly, when NOT to use certain types of rigging, given susceptibility to environmental and mechanical limitations
  • Different methods for ensuring load stability during flight

Date: Monday, January 27 Monday, January 27 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Maintenance | Operations | Pilot | Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Michael Gelskey, Lift-It Manufacturing
Price by Dec. 6: $505 Member | $750 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $645 Member | $945 Non-Member
Fatigue Risk Management Workshop

This risk management training program will raise awareness of fatigue and its associated hazards in the workplace. Participants will learn how to recognize the warning signs of fatigue, apply effective countermeasures, and make life choices that support long-term fatigue management. Fatigue management will be explored within the safety management system (SMS) framework, with reference to individual as well as organizational implications. Contributing factors such as sleep awareness, food, water, caffeine, drugs, exercise, commuting, and work schedule design will be discussed, along with an in-depth review of time management and life balance.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will learn:

  • To monitor potential causes of fatigue and devise action plans to minimize their effects in accord with company procedures
  • To identify personal warning signs of fatigue and appropriate countermeasures
  • To make positive lifestyle choices to effectively manage fatigue

Date: Monday, January 27 Monday, January 27 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Track(s): Maintenance | Operations | Pilot | Safety | UAS
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Richard Komarniski, Grey Owl Aviation Consultants
Price by Dec. 6: $505 Member | $750 Non-Member
Price after Dec. 6: $645 Member | $945 Non-Member
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