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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 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
Best Practices in Maintenance Record-Keeping

This session explores the regulatory responsibilities of creating maintenance records and keeping them updated. Attendees will learn: the regulatory responsibilities of the operator versus the maintenance provider in creating and updating maintenance records; how obligations can be shifted by contract, but not under aviation safety regulations; and maintenance record-keeping regulations and the documents essential to making airworthiness determinations.

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Tuesday, January 28 | 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Track(s): Maintenance
Instructor: Brett Levanto, Aeronautical Repair Station Association
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
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
Causal Factor Analysis: More Useful Than RCA?

When organizations conduct safety investigations of hazards or incidents, their purpose should be to prevent the accident from happening again. Often, Root Cause Analysis (RCA) falls short of this goal because it may ignore more “actionable” causal factors. Join us to learn the Causal Factor Analysis technique, including how easy it is for people to read and understand a report that uses this format. Attendees will receive two templates for building their own future causal factor statements.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Susan Cadwallader, PRISM, LLC
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Compliance? Big Deal!

In dealing with violations of codes of conduct, the usual response is to find fault and then reprimand. The termination of an employee may appear to address the issue. This session asks challenging questions that may provoke us into thinking differently by considering uncommon but proven and relevant solutions to noncompliance. We will look at how to design training syllabi and operational regulations that will encourage willful employee conformance with regulations rather than the costly process of universal enforced compliance.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: George A. Santos, Loben Ltd.
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
Distractions: The Silent Intruder

Kim will take attendees through the basic understanding of how the brain handles information, why distractions and interruptions are more prevalent and dangerous than ever, and what to do about it. Attendees will hear about the difference between multitasking and task switching, and what happens when you are interrupted or distracted. They will learn how to resume tasks without skipping a step and how to increase their focus. They will also understand why creating another operating procedure or safety protocol after an incident or accident is not the answer.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Wednesday, January 29 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Track(s): Maintenance, Operations, Pilot, Safety
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Instructor: Kim Hutchings, Volo Mission, LLC
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO
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