New speakers added to HAI Virtual Aerial Firefighting Conference

Christine DeJoy Education and Training

Photo: Mike Meadows

Oct. 21, 2020

Subject tracks will cover equipment and technology, aircraft updates, careers, and more.

Since registration opened last week for HAI’s annual Aerial Firefighting Conference, several speakers have been added to an already impressive lineup of aerial firefighting experts. Presentations will address a multitude of topics, from UAS and AFF to international firefighting requirements to mountain and confined-area safety. 

Join us Nov. 17–18 for the conference and “meet” online with aerial firefighters from around the world—as well as government wildfire experts, aircraft operators, and technology providers—to share tips, techniques, and best practices.

Our virtual platform will enable you to connect with other leaders in the international aerial firefighting community about subjects such as fire season forecasts, UAS, skills maintenance, new technology, CRM, safety, health, and more.

Below are just some of the confirmed speakers and topics for this free event, including some of those added today:

Sample Topics and Speakers

  • Fatigue and Maintenance Duty Cycle Management: Tarek Loutfy, GE Aviation; Duke Puharich, Siller Helicopters; and Robert Lakind, Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader
  • Crashworthiness—Surviving the Accident: Amanda Taylor, FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
  • FAA Accident Review: Lee Roskop, FAA
  • FDM and ASIAS (Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing) in AFF: Cliff Johnson, FAA, and Paul Spring, Phoenix Heli-Flight
  • How to Build an AFF Pilot Panel: Evie Lynn, Aspen Helicopters; Cody Barton, Columbia Helicopters; and Ramiro García Castillo, Altas Cumbres
  • Modern Buckets—A Closer Look: Renee Owen, Vita Inclinata Technologies
  • Restricted-Category Aircraft in AFF: Travis Storro, Timberline Helicopters
  • Risk Management in High-Risk Environments: Chris Young, CY Consulting Solutions, LLC
  • UAS and the Future of AFF: Ben Miller, Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting.

Check out the full lineup of speakers and topics and watch for additional updates in the coming weeks.

Register to attend the 2020 Virtual Aerial Firefighting Conference today!

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