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, keep up with technical developments,  renew professional certifications, 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




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
– 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

Learn more about schedules, registration, and fees on the Professional Education page. Descriptions of individual courses can be obtained from links on the Courses at a Glance page.

Please note that Professional Education courses require a separate registration in addition to HAI HELI-EXPO registration; you receive discounted pricing by registering by Jan. 16, 2015.

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. HAI also offers a helicopter-specific Flight Instructor Refresher Course that is accepted by the FAA.

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. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for 2016, the RFP process will begin in May 2015. Please contact the Education Department at with any questions.

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 year, the Challenge will feature more than 40 one-hour sessions, in additional to several longer events.

New this year: some sessions will be repeated to allow more attendees to participate, and workshops have been added for more in-depth, interactive learning.

Rotor Safety Challenge events are FREE to registered HAI HELI-EXPO attendees and exhibitors. No separate registration is required, but seating is limited. Check back in October for information on the 2015 Rotor Safety Challenge schedule.

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

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.

Manufacturer Technical Briefings

Offered annually at HELI-EXPO, these one-hour briefings provide a forum for airframe and engine manufacturers to present current maintenance and technical product information to maintenance professionals.

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

IA Renewal

Many Professional Education courses and the 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 for helicopter aviation professionals to receive career-related credit, both before and during the show:

  • 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
  • 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.