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 HAI HELI-EXPO educational opportunities. Scroll down to read more about each type of HAI HELI-EXPO educational opportunity.
| HAI HELI-EXPO Education
Duration / Timing
Preparation / Materials
|Professional Education Courses (Instruction/Training)|
|Study a topic in depth to develop relevant skills and competencies||– Primarily fee-based
–Requires separate registration in addition 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 (Presentations)|
|Inform or provide awareness regarding specific safety-related topic||– Free to registered HAI HELI-EXPO attendees and exhibitors
– No additional registration required
|– 1 hour – Usually scheduled on show days||Presentation and one page handout||– FAA Wings/AMT credit
– Rotor Safety Challenge certificate of achievement (6 or more sessions attended)
|Manufacturer Technical Briefings (Presentations)|
|Present current maintenance and technically related product information||– Free to registered HAI HELI-EXPO attendees and exhibitors
– No additional registration required
|– 55 minutes
– Usually scheduled on show days
|50-minute presentation and 5-minute Q&A session||– Credit toward IA renewal|
HAI Professional Education courses provide helicopter-specific training for pilots, maintenance technicians, managers, and safety professionals who want to improve their skills in career development, safety, piloting, maintenance, or management.
Professional Education 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.
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: If you or your company are interested in providing a Professional Education course, please see the Request for Proposals for additional information. Your proposal must be submitted by June 15, 2015.
Learners: Check back in October 2015 for information on the Professional Education courses for HAI HELI-EXPO 2016.
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 54 safety education events, including one- and two-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.
Industry Experts: If you are interested in presenting a Rotor Safety Challenge session, please see the Call for Presenters for additional information. Your proposal must be submitted by June 15, 2015
Learners: Many 2015 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 2015 for information on the Rotor Safety Challenge sessions for HAI HELI-EXPO 2016.
Offered annually at HAI HELI-EXPO, the Manufacturer Technical Briefings promote safety in the helicopter industry by providing free technical presentations and inspection authorization renewal opportunities for maintenance professionals. In addition, the briefings provide a forum for manufacturers to present current maintenance and technically related product information, including proper procedures, and to discuss current 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 2016 will be posted in the coming months.
Many Professional Education courses and Manufacturer Technical Briefings are accepted by the FAA for credit toward renewal of your inspection authorization (IA) certificate. Check back in the fall for more information on IA renewal opportunities at HAI HELI-EXPO 2016.
FAA CONTINUING EDUCATION AND OTHER CREDITS
HAI HELI-EXPO offers a variety of opportunities to receive professional aviation career-related credit, both before and during the show:
- Flight Instructor Certificate Renewal: Upon successful completion of the Flight Instructor Refresher Course, students will receive authorization for renewal of their certificate
- FAA WINGS and AMT Credit: By attending selected Professional Education courses and many 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 at the discretion of the instructor.
A complete list of opportunities to receive credit will be posted in October 2015.