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 HAI HELI-EXPO educational opportunities. Scroll down to read more about each type of HAI HELI-EXPO educational opportunity.

Professional Education Courses

Rotor Safety Challenge

Manufacturer Technical Briefings

IA Renewal

FAA Continuing Education and Other Credits

 

HAI HELI-EXPO Education

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 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 attendance
– 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
– Usually 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


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 career development, piloting, or management of maintenance, operations, or safety.

Professional Education attendees develop relevant skills and competencies by studying a topic in depth; these courses are generally at least four hours in duration and require a separate registration in addition to HAI HELI-EXPO registration.

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

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. The 2016 Challenge featured 63 safety education events, including one- and two-hour safety presentations. Sessions focus on safety management, flight operations, maintenance or technical issues, or safety culture and 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.

MANUFACTURER TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS

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 2017 will be posted in the coming months.

IA RENEWAL

Many Professional Education courses and Manufacturer Technical Briefings are accepted by the FAA for credit toward renewal of your inspection authorization (IA) certificate.

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 attendance 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.