Rotor Safety Challenge

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Accident Causation and Prevention

Mar. 2, 2016 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am | C101

Presenter: Lance Hofmann, director of environmental health and safety, EagleMed, LLC

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

To design, develop, and implement an effective accident prevention program, an organization must first understand what causes accidents. This session describes a model for accident causation that addresses organizational features and conditions that may cause an accident.

Analysis: Aeronautical Knowledge vs. What Pilots Should Know Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | C101
Mar. 2, 2016 | 9:15 am – 10:15 am | C101

Presenter: Scott Burgess, assistant professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, and member, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

This session offers an in-depth look at aeronautical knowledge, decision making, and understanding of limitations. This presentation is a combination of applying practical knowledge beyond the Helicopter Flying Handbook and the research of the International Helicopter Safety Team Analysis Team to identify ways to reduce risk. Ideal for all experience levels, this presentation evolved from extensive research for The Reality of Aeronautical Knowledge: The Analysis of Accident Reports Against What Aircrews Are Supposed to Know.

Autorotations: Reality Exposed depth_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | C108

Presenters: Industry professionals and representatives from the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

The results of a collaborative effort by OEMs, operators, and federal agencies to uncover unique aspects of this maneuver and the mistakes most often discovered in accident investigations, this in-depth session provides a unique look at autorotations. Leaders in the helicopter instruction and training industry will present tips, tools, and techniques that will prepare you for a safe emergency procedure and ultimately prevent you from becoming an accident statistic!

Aviation Human Factors: Protecting Us from Ourselves Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | C104
Mar. 2, 2016 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am | C104

Presenter: Jason Quisling, aviation compliance evaluator, Air Methods Corporation, and member, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

It has been said that there are no new accidents. So why do we continue to make the same mistakes? This session will use case studies and video to answer that question. In the process, participants will be introduced to human factors and error management theory.

Aviation Law: What Pilots Need to Know Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | C205
Mar. 2, 2016 | 11:45 am – 12:45 pm | C205

Presenter: Jon Kettles, attorney, The Kettles Law Firm

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

Pilots are expected to know and follow the Federal Aviation Regulations but have likely never heard about other important legal rights and responsibilities necessary to protect themselves professionally and financially. Using case studies, this session will educate participants about standards of conduct for pilots, determination of fault following an accident or incident, investigation procedures of the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board, insurance coverage requirements, legal relationships between pilots and employers, and other relevant issues. Bring your questions to ask an aviation lawyer.

BowTie Method for Safety Risk Management

Mar. 2, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | C205

Presenter: Gerald Kosbab, president, AeroDirections, LLC

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

This session will introduce participants to the BowTie methodology for analyzing hazards in rotorcraft operations. The session will focus on managing the risk controls necessary to prevent undesirable situations and reduce the severity of their consequences. Participants will discover the power of visualization to better understand their hazard registers and controls and to effectively manage the associated risks to the organization and its people and assets.

Communicating Safety to the C-Level Executive

Mar. 1, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | C205

Presenters: Stuart Lau, FDM systems manager, SkyTrac Systems, and member, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team; Paul Spring, president, Phoenix HeliFlight; Stephen Sorocky, CEO, SkyTrac Systems; Ed Stockhausen, Metro Aviation

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

To successfully get a safety initiative implemented, you need to convince a lot of people that your idea is worth pursuing. Ultimately, you will need to focus on convincing the C-level execs in your organization, such as the CEO, CFO, or COO. You will need to learn to speak their language – “C-speak” — and tailor your safety message directly to the organization’s business needs. What better way to learn this language than an interactive panel discussion with a group of executives?

Developing Rotorcraft ASIAS: An Overview of HFDM-Associated Research

Mar. 2, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | C108

Presenters: Keith M. Cianfrani, MAS, RSP, Florida Institute of Technology; Stephen Cusick, director of FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation (PEGASAS) for FIT College of Aeronautics; Cliff Johnson, FAA rotorcraft ASIAS research lead

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

Through the FAA’s Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program, both industry and government participants can share data and identify systemic safety risks and emerging system vulnerabilities. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with expanding ASIAS to the helicopter community. Attendees will receive information on the latest safety analysis and helicopter flight-data monitoring (HFDM) tools, techniques, and capabilities that are being examined as part of the research effort, as well as how these initiatives can benefit both the helicopter community at large and individual operators.

Did You See That? Judging Culture

Mar. 2, 2016 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am | C201

Presenter: Daniel A. Doepker, chief helicopter instructor, Hillsboro Aero Academy, and member, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

Attendees will take an in-depth look at the safety culture in our industry through examples and case studies. We will review real-world examples of decisions made daily by pilots, as well as the reactions of the media, management, and industry. We will wrap up the session with a discussion about how we can further improve our culture and support better attitudes toward safety.

HAA Flight Risk Analysis/OCC Challenges and Best Practices

Mar. 2, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  | C205

Presenter: Sunshine McCarthy, vice president, business development and education, Baldwin Safety and Compliance

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

Getting to patients in a timely manner can be critical to their survival, but getting there safely can have its challenges. To make that job safer for both the patient and crew, the FAA requires all helicopter air ambulance (HAA) pilots complete a flight risk analysis prior to takeoff. In April 2016, that requirement will expand to include a second set of eyes reviewing and acknowledging the flight risk analysis prior to takeoff. How to get this accomplished and still get to that patient is a concern for operators. Join us to learn what some operational control centers (OCCs) are doing to ensure both the patient and crew arrive safely.

HAI Safety Symposium: Safety and the Bottom Line depth_3

Feb. 29, 2016 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am | C203

Presenters: Members, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST)

This session will include presentations and case studies demonstrating how safety initiatives and the fostering of a safety culture results in a more profitable helicopter operation. Industry professionals will then participate in a panel discussion on cost-effective safety initiatives and behaviors, along with a deeper look at the latest safety and accident data from the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team.

Helicopter Ditching and Egress: Evaluate, Prepare, Perform Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am | C104
Mar. 2, 2016 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am | C108

Presenter: Jon P Ehm, training coordinator, Survival Systems USA Inc.

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS programs credit

This one-hour session will introduce essential questions to ask and answer when evaluating overwater risk. We will discuss what passengers and crew can do to help ensure the best possible outcome prior to ditching, including the critical steps needed for a successful egress, the most common barriers to success, and how to overcome problems. The session will conclude with a review of important water survival skills and hypothermia mitigation.

Helicopter HUMS Case Studies

Mar. 1, 2016 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am | C108

Presenters: Charles DiSiano, product line leader, Murdock Welborn, technical service manager, and Rob Richardson, customer business manager, of Honeywell Aerospace

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT program credit

This session will present information on the history, implementation, and value of health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS), including analysis and findings of real case studies, the benefits of flight data monitoring on decision making, the impact of human factors, and the business case for improved maintenance and safety.

Help! I’m the New Safety Officer

Mar. 2, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | C101

Presenter: Lance Hofmann, director of environmental health and safety, EagleMed, LLC

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

New safety officers are responsible for all risk management, safety management, and quality management programs throughout their company. But often, these individuals receive few tools to set up themselves — and the organization — for success. This session will help to place items and education in the hands of new and upcoming safety personnel.

HFDM 101: Helicopter Flight-Data Monitoring “Unplugged”

Mar. 2, 2016 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am | C104

Presenters: Stuart Lau, FDM systems manager, SkyTrac Systems, and member, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team; members, Global HFDM Steering Group

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

Flight data monitoring (FDM) is the systematic, proactive use of digital flight data from routine operations to improve safety within an intrinsically nonpunitive and just safety culture. Industry HFDM experts from the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) and the Global HFDM Steering Group describe FDM systems, explain how FDM is employed in a safety management system, examine how to plan for and introduce FDM programs within an organization, and discuss the many benefits of employing FDM programs.

Hope Is Not a Strategy Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | C105
Mar. 2, 2016 | 9:15 am – 10:15 am | C105

Presenter: Bruce Webb, chief pilot, Airbus Helicopters, Inc.

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

In this session, we will examine how humans (pilots) make decisions and the process by which we evaluate our decisions to determine the “goodness” of the decision. We will discuss: brain function and cognition; how the “frame” in which we receive information impacts our use of the information; rational versus irrational decision-making processes (emotional brain versus rational brain); and problem analysis versus decision making.

 The Human Puzzle

Mar. 2, 2016 | 11:45 am – 12:45 pm | C104

Presenter: Fred P. Harms, FAA principal operations inspector and FAASTeam program manager, St. Louis Flight Standards District Office

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

Nine factors — attitude, planning, weather, preflight, aircraft, takeoff, enroute, stress, and landing — are present on every flight. We will look at these nine pieces of a puzzle that must be successfully put together to ensure a safe flight.

The IIMC Threat: Avoidance and Survival Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am | C101
Mar. 2, 2016 | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | C101

Presenters: Bryan Smith, Airborne Law Enforcement Association and member, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team; Rich Weber, chief pilot, Jacksonville (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

Inadvertent flight into instrument meteorological conditions (IIMC) continues to be one of the leading lethal threats to helicopter pilots and their crew and passengers. Despite advances in aircraft and avionics, we continue to suffer IIMC-related fatalities year after year. This session will look at the unique aspects of IIMC and why it continues to claim so many lives. IIMC survival methods based on a safety management system approach, including training, crew resource management, policy suggestions, and survival techniques, will be discussed.

Integration of Unmanned Systems and Rotary-Wing Assets Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | C205
Mar. 2, 2016 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am | C205

Presenter: Charlton Evans, commercial and civil UAS program management, Insitu Inc., a Boeing Company

This session will review the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in civil and commercial work, to include the monitoring and suppression of fires, search and rescue, and railway inspection. The presenter will provide specific examples of UAS integration into helicopter operations, such as the Olympic National Park wildfires.

Introduction to Just Culture Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | C201
Mar. 2, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | C201

Presenter: Dudley Smith, associate executive director, Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

This presentation will look at three human behaviors: simple errors, at-risk behavior, and recklessness, and discuss how we should deal with people in a fair and just way so that we may learn from the mistakes made. The session will also look at the duties we owe to each other and those owed to us as employees.

Just Culture and the Accountable Executive: Why Should They Care?

Mar. 2, 2016 | 11:45 am – 12:45 pm | C201

Presenter: Christopher Young, vice president, Helicopter Aviation Services, PRISM, and chair, SMS Working Group, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

The success of an organization’s safety management system (SMS) is contingent on the accountable executive setting the right tone and creating a positive safety culture with employees. Without proactive leadership and the willingness of senior managers to embrace a fair and learning culture, an organization’s SMS is destined to fail.

Limited Power and Confined Areas  depth_3

Mar. 2, 2016 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am | C108

Presenter: Michael Becker, chief pilot and chief flight instructor, Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

Get the most out of your helicopter and understand how to manage its power and limitations during flight into and out of confined areas. We will cover how to develop a system for measuring available power and what the helicopter and the pilot can do with that power. Assessing unprepared confined areas and making subsequent approaches and departures will also be discussed. Learn how to make good piloting decisions for flights in these conditions, based on the information available at the time.

Minimizing Exposure to Low-Level Wind Shear Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | C201
Mar. 2, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | C104

Presenter: Scott Dennstaedt, weather scientist, ForeFlight LLC

Low-level wind shear continues to be a hazard to all aircraft flying near the surface. This presentation will identify the types of low-level wind shear and describe their effects on aircraft performance. This includes hazards from thunderstorms as well as those from nonconvective wind-shear events. Special attention will focus on benign-looking environments that can lure a pilot into an encounter with dangerous low-level wind shear, often with fatal results.

Mixing Aviation and Medicine Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | C101
Mar. 2, 2015 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | C201

Presenter: Dudley Smith, associate executive director, Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

This session will look at the similarities and difference between the worlds of aviation and medicine. Our focus will be on sharing the medical side of air medical programs with those in the aviation world and will explain and address medical terminology, as well as the challenges and rewards of being in air medical transport.

MSG-3: Maintain Aircraft Availability, Reliability, Safety – for Less depth_3

Mar. 2, 2016 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am | C205

Presenter: Marco Macedo, Bell Helicopter

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT program

In designing the Model 429, Bell Helicopter decided to adapt and follow reliability-centered maintenance techniques commonly used by airlines but new to the helicopter industry. The resulting methodology for developing rotorcraft maintenance schedules, MSG-3, typically offers a 30-percent reduction in direct maintenance costs. Attendees will acquire a baseline understanding of MSG-3 from which to develop their own maintenance program for approval by their local principal maintenance inspector.

My Type A Is Better than Yours!

Mar. 1, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | C108

Presenters: Scott Burgess, assistant professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, and member, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team; Katherine Hilst, Safety Design Consulting

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

We have a problem when attitudes conflict with good decision making. When we let Type A personalities get in the way when critical thinking and problem solving are necessary, the results can be catastrophic. This session will be an active debate about the good and bad decisions happening in our industry right now.

Navigating Medical Issues in Flight Operations

Mar. 2, 2016 | 9:15 am – 10:15 am | C104

Presenter: Charles Mathers, MD, MPH, assistant professor, UTMB Health, and medical director, UTMB Aerospace Medicine Center

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

This session will review medical issues that challenge pilots and flight operators. Attendees will gain an understanding of ways to address these challenges while minimizing employee downtime, enhancing a culture of safety, and optimizing the bottom line. Topics will include pilot medical certification, fitness for duty evaluations, and a discussion about the benefits of establishing a HIMS (Human Intervention Motivation Study) program within a helicopter operation.

Pilot Error! Truth or Dare? • C105 Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am | C105
Mar. 2, 2016 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am | C105

Presenter: Rex J. Alexander, senior consultant, HeliExperts International, LLC

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

“You’ve seen wrong so long you’ve forgotten what right is supposed to look like.” This saying describes cultural acceptance of a known risk. Given enough time, there often comes a point within an organization that a conscious decision is made to accept a known risk. The problem is that over time, that accepted risk is replaced by normalcy (otherwise known as complacency), and everyone forgets the issue was ever a risk in the first place.

The Promised Land: Starting an HAA Certificate

Mar. 2, 2016 | 11:45 am – 12:45 pm | C105

Presenter: Todd Lepper, check airman, Mayo Clinic Medical Transport

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

At some point, everyone who has worked for or with a helicopter air ambulance (HAA) vendor has thought about having their own certificate. This session will look at some of the lessons learned by a program that started its own Part 135 HAA certificate.

Rotor or Not, Here We Come: Managing Cockpit Distractions Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | C105
Mar. 2, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | C105

Presenter: Steve Sparks, PhD, FAA aviation safety inspector, and member, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

When flying helicopters, managing distractions plays a critical role in safety. Whether a mission involves a local flight or a cross-country, the amount of attention and preparation that goes into each flight is usually reflected in the results. Maintaining one’s focus is better than being caught off guard and falling behind the aircraft. Pilots who are mentally prepared and remain focused on the task at hand are more likely to handle normal and abnormal situations in the cockpit successfully. Thinking ahead while staying focused on the task at hand is the name of the game. Tips offered during this presentation will help mitigate the consequences of distractions just waiting to ensnare pilots without warning.

Rotorcraft/VTOL/Multirotor UAS Accidents and Incidents Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | C105
Mar. 2, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | C105

Presenter: Robert Joslin, PhD, chief scientific and technical advisor for flight-deck technology integration, FAA

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

We will examine the types of events associated with accidents and incidents involving civil and public-use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating in the National Airspace System, using the FAA database of UAS accident and incident preliminary reports, with a focus on rotorcraft, VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing), and multirotor UAS.

Safety Committee Town Hall depth_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | B102

A panel of industry professionals from various operational sectors will lead the Town Hall in a discussion on current safety challenges. They will also address comments and questions from surveys conducted by the Safety Committee. What safety resources are you looking for? Where should the industry focus its safety efforts? The HAI Safety Committee is listening! Come join this informative discussion.

Safety Directors Forum: The Impact of Recent Accidents on the Helicopter Industry – Conversations with Senior NTSB and FAA Managers and Staff depth_3

Feb. 29, 2016 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | C104

Presenters:Clint Johnson, chief of the NTSB Alaska Regional Office; Jeff Guzzetti, manager, FAA Accident Investigation Division; and key NTSB and FAA rotorcraft engineering experts

Using recent helicopter accidents and their investigations as a springboard, senior National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA investigative managers and engineers will facilitate a discussion about recent rulemaking that is impacting — or could soon impact — the helicopter industry. Safety directors or their representatives will be able to engage the presenters in an open discussion of the potential challenges and solutions regarding these new requirements. This is a unique opportunity for anyone managing an aviation safety program.

Safety Ignited! Lessons Learned

Mar. 2, 2016 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am | C105

Presenters: HAI Safety Committee

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

This fast-paced presentation will provide at least 10 different lessons learned from events that have occurred among several different rotorcraft industry sectors, including but not limited to oil and gas, air medical, heavy lift, firefighting, law enforcement, and power line/utility. This Ignite presentation will include case studies where participants will learn to trap and mitigate human error.

Seeing Is Believing: Helicopter Advanced Vision Systems

Mar. 2, 2016 | 11:45 am – 12:45 pm | C108

Presenters: Charles (Cliff) Johnson, FAA general engineer and UAS task lead; Mike Webb, FAA program analyst

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

Recent technological developments in advanced vision systems, including enhanced/synthetic/enhanced flight/combined vision systems (EVS/SVS/EFVS/CVS), allow for low-visibility operational concepts in helicopter flight operations. Helicopter point-in-space (PInS) instrument procedure approach minimums have reached their limits with the current suite of visual aids available to pilots (displays, lighting, and markings). Lower minimums can be achieved using GPS wide-area augmentation system (WAAS), but lower visibility minima can only be achieved with improved visual cues.

Settling with Power (Vortex Ring): The Vuichard Recovery Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | C104
Mar. 2, 2016 | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | C104

Presenter: Tim Tucker, chief instructor, Robinson Helicopter Company

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS programs credit

Through the years, settling with power or the vortex ring state has caused much equipment damage and numerous injuries and deaths. A new recovery technique that is much more efficient in terms of altitude loss has been developed and tested over a period of time in Switzerland and the United States. The Robinson Helicopter Company has been teaching this new technique for one-and-a-half years. This instructional session will explain in detail this new technique.

SMS Evolution: A View Forward

Mar. 2, 2016 | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | C205

Presenter: Gary Grass, president, Abante Safety

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

What could be the net result of your journey of organizational transformation along the safety management system (SMS) superhighway? How can you know if your program and investment were successful, and what does it look like in the future? What can you expect from a successful execution? What lessons might you have learned? Take a 60-minute glimpse at one possibility for an integrated SMS future in your organization.

SMS for Small-Fleet or Private Operators Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | C201

Mar. 2, 2016 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am | C201

Presenters: Bryan Smith, Airborne Law Enforcement Association and member, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST); Christopher Young, PRISM and member, USHST

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

Despite the significant increase in safety that safety management systems (SMS) have provided large operations, some aspects of SMS create difficulties in implementation for smaller businesses or private operators. This session will offer an overview of new SMS information and tools that will allow smaller commercial and private operations to reap the same safety benefits large operators have come to enjoy. Several free SMS tools will be made available during this session.

SMS: Not Just for Pilots

Mar. 2, 2016 | 9:15 am – 10:15 am | C201

Presenter: Sunshine McCarthy, vice president of business development and education, Baldwin Safety and Compliance

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

The very nature of an organization’s mission establishes a certain level of risk from the onset. Add other elements to the mix, and attitudes about acceptable risk begin to emerge. In this session, we will explore how humans, and more specifically personnel other than pilots, think about safety. Studies have shown that if the perceived benefit is high, a person’s tolerance for risk tends to increase. Pilots perform a flight risk analysis prior to takeoff as a way of removing that inherent perception of risk. Shouldn’t the same approach apply to everyone involved in the flight?

Touch-Down Autorotations and Forced Landings depth_3

Mar. 2, 2016 | 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm | C108

Presenter: Michael Becker, chief pilot and chief flight instructor, Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

When it all goes quiet, the helicopter pilot needs to react immediately and automatically. Entering autorotation is only one part of conducting a full forced landing or precautionary landing procedure. This session will work through the various scenarios and offer discussion on managing a forced landing and surviving a crash.

UAS Operational Safety Considerations for Rotorcraft Operators

Mar. 2, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | C104

Presenter: Josh Olds, vice president for operations, Unmanned Safety Institute

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rotorcraft could be considered one of the most disruptive technologies of this century. Applications for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) systems are ever growing. This session will discuss safety considerations for your operation from a licensed pilot and airframe and powerplant mechanic’s operational experience with UAS. The focus will include human factors, technology, and organizational safety considerations. VTOL UAS selection criteria for particular industry applications will also be discussed.

What the FRAT?

Mar. 2, 2016 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am | C101

Presenters: Bryan Smith, Airborne Law Enforcement Association and member, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST); Christopher Young, vice president, PRISM and USHST member; USHST SMS Committee members

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

A flight risk-assessment tool (FRAT) is a powerful risk management instrument that can create positive changes in safety and operational capability, and it will soon be required of many operators. Unfortunately, it is a misunderstood tool, often simply used to check off a box in a safety management system. Using information from the IHST/USHST FRAT Safety Bulletin, this session will help operators, from private to large fleets, use a FRAT to lower risk, increase operational capability, and meet regulatory requirements.

Where’s the Pilot? An Overview of UAS Research Activities

Mar. 1, 2016 | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | C101

Presenter: Charles (Cliff) Johnson, FAA general engineer and UAS task lead

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

Learn about the latest developments in the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). The FAA continues to move aggressively toward the safe, timely, and efficient integration of UAS into the NAS, while maintaining the highest level of safety among disparate operations, including rotorcraft. This session will showcase UAS research activities and how they support the FAA’s goals of accommodation with all airspace users, especially those within the helicopter community, as well as the numerous obstacles that still exist for implementing this technology within the NAS.

Which Hazardous Attitude Dominates Your Decision Making? Replay_3

Mar. 1, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | C104
Mar. 2, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | C101

Presenter: Robert (Bob) Bell, facilitator, CRM Training Basics

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

Take a quiz and find out if you have a dominant hazardous attitude that affects your decision making. Receive links to sites that also offer online hazardous attitude assessment. We will also discuss when you are most susceptible to a hazardous attitude affecting your judgment.

Why HUMS?

Mar. 2, 2016 | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | C105

Presenter: Daniel Green, aviation vibration analyst, Chevron

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

This session will discuss not only the intrinsic safety and maintenance benefits of a successful health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) program but also the constraints and challenges in developing one. We will cover the real-life experiences and challenges of a HUMS manager who built a successful program from scratch, including dealing with corporate constraints, demonstrating financial justifications, acquiring required resources, the importance of vendor relations, and actual case studies. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the challenges in developing a new HUMS program and managing an existing one, and the importance of adapting to the constant change within our industry, your fleet, regulations, and emerging technologies.

Wildlife Hazards to Rotorcraft and Wildlife Strike Reporting Awareness

Mar. 2, 2016 | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | C201

Presenters: Jenny Washburn and Phyllis Miller, U.S. Department of Agriculture Airport Wildlife Hazards Program

Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit

This session will provide attendees with an understanding of the nature and scope of the hazards that helicopter operations face when they interact with wildlife. The presenters will share an analysis of recently reported wildlife strikes in both civil and military rotary-wing aircraft and offer potential solutions that will increase the safety of your flight operations. Don’t miss this opportunity to increase your hazard awareness, develop skills to mitigate the risks associated with wildlife, and learn how to help others by participating in the data collection process.

The Zero Accident Marathon: Training for the Win

Mar. 2, 2016 | 11:45 am – 12:45 pm | C101

Presenters: Nick Mayhew, commercial programs manager and EASA head of training, Bristow Academy, Inc., and chair, U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Training Working Group; Mike Phillips, Frasca International

Professional Development Credit: FAA AMT and WINGS programs credit

Attend this dynamic and engaging presentation designed to stimulate the audience into examining how the helicopter industry can operate and attain zero accidents. We will look at current trends, current philosophies, and discuss the path to zero by taking personal responsibility and making use of all the tools available to the helicopter industry.