Education

HAI HELI-EXPO isn’t just the largest helicopter trade show and exposition in the world. It’s also an opportunity to attend classes and sessions specifically designed to help helicopter industry professionals learn new skills and improve on-the-job safety.

See the table below for a brief comparison of the different educational opportunities at HAI HELI-EXPO. Scroll down to read more about each type of HAI HELI-EXPO educational opportunity.

 

 Educational Opportunities at HAI HELI-EXPO: At a Glance

Type

Purpose

Registration

Duration & Timing

Preparation & Materials

Possible Outcomes

Professional Education Courses
Instruction/training Study a topic in depth to develop relevant skills and competencies – Primarily fee-based
–Requires separate registration in additional to HAI HELI-EXPO registration
– Half-day to multiday
– Usually scheduled immediately before or after HAI HELI-EXPO
– Syllabus
– Curriculum
– Instruction format
– Presentation
– Workbook
/handouts
– Certificate of completion
– Credit toward IA renewal
– Credit toward flight instructor certificate
– FAA Wings/AMT credit
Rotor Safety Challenge Sessions
Presentation Inform or provide awareness regarding a specific safety-related topic – Free to registered HAI HELI-EXPO attendees and exhibitors
– No additional registration is required
– 1 hour
– Usually scheduled on show days
– Presentation
– 1-page handout
– FAA Wings/AMT credit
– Rotor Safety Challenge certificate of achievement (6 or more sessions attended)
Manufacturer Technical Briefings
Presentation Present current maintenance and technically related product information – Free to registered HAI HELI-EXPO attendees and exhibitors
– No additional registration is required
– 55 minutes
– Usually scheduled on show days
– 50-minute presentation
– 5-minute Q&A session
– Credit toward IA renewal

Professional Education Courses

HAI Professional Education courses provide helicopter-specific training for pilots, maintenance technicians, managers, and safety professionals who want to improve their skills in the following areas:

  • Career development
  • Pilot skills
  • Maintenance skills
  • Management skills
  • Safety

Professional Education course attendees develop relevant skills and competencies by studying a topic in depth; these courses are generally at least eight hours in duration and require a separate registration in addition to HAI HELI-EXPO registration. All 2015 Professional Education courses will be held February 26 through March 2, 2015, in Orlando, Florida. Most courses will take place immediately before HAI HELI-EXPO.

Attendees will receive a certificate of completion for HAI Professional Education courses. Many classes will be eligible for credit under the FAA WINGS or AMT programs; several also confer credit toward renewal of professional certifications.

Course Instructors: Professional Education courses are fee-based, and HAI annually solicits competitive proposals from vendors for new and previously delivered courses. The deadline to submit a proposal for a 2015 HAI Professional Education course has passed. Selections will be completed by July 31, and submitters will be notified accordingly. Please contact the Education Department at education@rotor.org with any questions.

Learners: Check back in October 2014 for information on the Professional Education courses for HAI HELI-EXPO 2015.

Rotor Safety Challenge

The Rotor Safety Challenge offers pilots, maintenance technicians, and other aviation professionals safety tools and techniques that can be applied back on the job. This past year, the Challenge featured 44 safety education events, including 41 one-hour safety presentations.

Sessions will be offered for four safety tracks, each focusing on a specific area of interest:

  • Safety Management
  • Flight Operations
  • Maintenance / Technical Issues
  • Safety Culture / Leadership

Unlike the Professional Education courses, Rotor Safety Challenge events are FREE to registered HAI HELI-EXPO attendees and exhibitors and are scheduled to take place when the exhibit floor is open. No separate registration is required, and most sessions are one hour in length, making it easy for attendees to drop in while attending HAI HELI-EXPO.

Many sessions will be eligible for credit under the FAA WINGS or AMT programs.

Industry Experts: Thank you to all who submitted a proposal to present a session. Selections will be completed by July 31, and submitters will be notified accordingly. Please contact the Education Department at education@rotor.org with any questions.

Learners: Many 2014 Rotor Safety Challenge presentations are available for download, in case you want to share them with colleagues or catch up on sessions you missed.

Check back in October 2014 for information on the Rotor Safety Challenge sessions for HAI HELI-EXPO 2015.

Manufacturer Technical Briefing

Offered annually at HELI-EXPO, the Manufacturer Technical Briefings promote safety in the helicopter industry by providing free technical presentations and Inspection Authorization renewal opportunities to maintenance professionals.

In addition, these one-hour briefings provide a forum for airframe and engine manufacturers to present current maintenance and technical product information, including proper procedures, and to discuss product issues with technicians, thereby improving the quality of maintenance performed on the products.

More information on the Manufacturer Technical Briefings at HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 will be posted in the coming months.

IA Renewal, FAA Continuing Education, and Other Credits

HAI HELI-EXPO offers a variety of opportunities for helicopter aviation professionals to receive career-related credit, both before and during the show:

  • IA Renewal: Many of the Professional Education Courses and Manufacturer Technical Briefings are approved by the FAA to provide IA renewal credit to attendees
  • Flight Instructor Certificate Renewal: Upon successful completion of the helicopter-specific Flight Instructor Refresher Course, students will receive authorization for renewal of their certificates
  • FAA WINGS and AMT Credit: By attending some of the Professional Education courses and many of the Rotor Safety Challenge events, learners may obtain credit for these FAA programs (approval obtained once schedule is confirmed).
  • Other Aviation Professional Credit: Professional Education courses offered at HAI HELI-EXPO are often approved to confer credit by other aviation-related professional organizations. This will be on a case-by-case basis and is at the discretion of the instructor.