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A Lawyer’s View of Your Aviation Insurance Policy

This session provides a detailed examination of an aviation insurance policy, including considerations that consumers with no legal background may not recognize as being critical in determining coverage limits. A claim event is too late to understand the scope of coverage that exists or, regrettably, may not exist. Attendees will be better informed consumers of aviation insurance, particularly about liability and first-party coverage.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Track(s): Operations
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Gregory A. Popp and F. Bradley Hassell, Hassell-Legal, P.A.
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
After the Accident: Working with the NTSB

This session presents best practices for on-scene helicopter accident investigations with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). It is based on the experiences of helicopter accident party members, drawing from their work with regulators and industry experts during major helicopter accident investigations. Created with input from NTSB and FAA investigators, this session bridges the gap between investigation methodology and real-world application of those skills. Attendees will learn practical techniques for use in accident investigations as well as in pre-accident preparation.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Track(s): Operations, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Michael Benton, VyClimb Consulting, LLC
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Autorotations Reexamined

This session is a detailed look at the height/velocity (H/V) curve and autorotations in general. We will look what the H/V curve really tells us about operating a helicopter safely and how we can maximize our safety of flight.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Track(s): Operations, Pilot
Instructor: Bruce A. Webb, Airbus Helicopters
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Autorotations: Reality Exposed

The result of a collaborative effort by OEMs, operators, and federal agencies to uncover unique aspects of this maneuver and the mistakes most often discovered in accident investigations, this in-depth session provides a unique look at autorotations. Leaders in the helicopter instruction and training industry will present tips, tools, and techniques that will prepare you for a safe emergency procedure and ultimately prevent you from becoming an accident statistic.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Tim Tucker, Robinson Helicopter Company, and Scott T. Tyrrell, FAA
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Aviation Fatigue: Identification and Mitigation

This presentation provides practical insights into fatigue, a condition that has made the NTSB Most Wanted list several years running as a contributing or causal factor in transportation accidents. Attendees will learn ways to mitigate the risk of fatigue-related performance degradation.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety, UAS
Instructor: Harry Vergis, Bell
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
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
Building a Professional Relationship with the Government

This session provides a road map for building a professional relationship with civil aviation authorities. It begins by describing the rules that should always be considered when engaging with regulators, then provides instruction on how to introduce your company and maintain consistent contact—not just when a problem arises. The session concludes by providing strategies for maintaining a professional relationship with regulators.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety, UAS
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Brett Levanto, Aeronautical Repair Station Association
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
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