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HFI Professional Education Series at HELI-EXPO 2009

January 28, 2009  By Corrie

haicourseJan. 28, 2009 - There are only 25 days until the Professional Education Series begins at Heli-Expo and the courses are filling up fast!

haicourseJan. 28, 2009 – There are only 25 days until the Professional Education Series begins at Heli-Expo and the courses are filling up fast!

Register for any one of 25 courses, eight of which are new to the curriculum this year.

It won't happen to you, RIGHT? You run a safe flight operation. Your company has logged tens of thousands of hours and not even the hint of a problem. You've never had a serious accident. Never will. Think Again!!! What would you do if the unexpected happened? What can you expect from the NTSB? Coping with Crisis 101 – Managing an Aviation Disaster is a one-day course takes you through a systematic step-by-step process to get you prepared to handle an aviation disaster.

The Leadership: A Safety Imperative course has been developed to help leaders effectively apply leadership interventions, which will make safety and risk management a preeminent motivation for employees and managers. By applying the principles presented in this course, a leader may begin to establish a culture where safety enhances profit, reduces risk, and benefits the entire organization.


The team is the most effective element in achieving safe outcomes when conducting air ambulance flights. Air Medical Resource Management concentrates on areas of crew resource management which each team member must practice in order to maintain the integrity of the entire team while achieving the greatest positive impact on safety. This dynamic program incorporates various class and group exercises to enhance the students learning experience.

Practicing Technicians may need an introduction or review of the theory and operation of Eddy Current Non-Destructive Testing, or Director of Maintenance for refreshing knowledge on regulations and qualification standards of technicians.

This intensive, five-and-a-half-day Helicopter Operator Management course is designed to give new or current managers of civil helicopter operations the management skills needed for success in today's highly demanding and complex operating environment. The three-day Advanced Helicopter Operator Management Course will help new or current managers of civil helicopter operations sharpen the management tools needed for continued success.

The Government Services Aviation Unit Managers Course is designed to provide both the newly assigned and experienced government services aviation unit managers the latest information relative to aviation unit management in support of public safety operations. The student will obtain valuable guidance from experienced public safety aviation professionals that will allow them to effectively and efficiently manage and lead their agency's aviation division.

Has your organization ever dealt with issues involving taxes and insurance? Have you been involved with situations that may include the Internal Revenue Service rulings, Tax Code interpretations, or simply an inquiry to your accountant? What is new in the insurance industry? How can risk management lower your insurance premiums? What about United States' taxes? How do you know if you are taking advantage of your opportunities as they relate to taxes and insurance? If any of these questions strike a chord, the Tax and Insurance Management for commercial Operators course is for you.

The Defining Direct Operating Costs course is designed for management personnel who deal with or have the responsibility for controlling operating costs related to helicopter operations. Managers from accounting, maintenance, inventory, operations, and others would find this course helpful in their effort to manage or understand operating costs.

The Safety Management course will provide individuals with the essential skills and materials required to develop, implement, and manage an organizational safety system. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the principles of System Safety and the application of those principles within a structured process designed to reduce the probability for mishaps.

Many problems encountered in aviation operations can ultimately be traced to human limitations. The Pilot Human Factors: Threat and Error Management course emphasis is on identifying threats that lead to human error, predicting how human error can adversely affect performance, and applying countermeasures to manage or eliminate their effects.

Identify a flight operation that communicates well internally and you will see a department that is either extremely lucky or one that has had quality training. We are pilots, mechanics, dispatchers, schedulers, flight instructors, fuelers, flight engineers, crew chiefs, and flight attendants, and while there is little we do not know about flight operations, there may be much we may not know about internal communications. And, what we do not know really can hurt us! That is what Flight Ops: Improving Internal Communications is all about — an interactive course that identifies communications problems inherent in typical flight operations, shows you how to overcome them, and puts in place an effective and efficient internal communications process.

The goal of the Helicopter Pilot Decision Making course is to teach helicopter operators how to make good aeronautical decisions that result in the safe, successful outcome of each and every flight. Managers and other support personnel, pilots and crews will leave with practical guidance for making go-no-go decisions and adjusting for changes in the factors affecting helicopter flights. The class examines decision making regarding weather, personal attitudes, standard operating procedures, and cockpit and crew resource elements. This dynamic program incorporates various class and group exercises, entertaining and interesting video, information to enlighten the students and humor to enhance the learning experience.

Looking for an opportunity to communicate with others in the helicopter industry about what is changing and how to cope with new regulations and security issues? The Helicopter Pilot Refresher is your chance to interact with other pilots and instructors who deal with these issues on a daily basis. These leaders from all segments of the helicopter industry have the answers to your questions. They have the proven techniques to assist you with those issues you face in the changing world of helicopter flight operations. Preparing for your new rating check ride has never been easier than with the assistance of these instructors.

This HELICOPTER ONLY Flight Instructor Refresher Course will include the latest updates in regulations and techniques of helicopter flight instruction from the industry's leading professionals. The two-day course consists of 16 hours of instruction, taught through the use of lectures and seminar style discussion. An exam will conclude each phase of instruction. The curriculum and course content have been fully reviewed and approved by the FAA to meet the requirements of AC 61-83E, nationally scheduled, FAA-Approved, industry-conducted flight instructor refresher clinics.

As with many things we learn about in life, mountain flying is in a dimension of its own. When speaking of mountain flying, the prime consideration is wind. The study of mountain flying is the study of terrain airflow and its effects on the helicopter. As a pilot, it is of paramount importance to understand the winds and how they affect the helicopter and its performance. Many mountain landing areas may be sheltered or positioned in such a way that terrain airflow will affect the approach and landing. Whether the winds have a positive or negative effect will be dependent upon the pilot's knowledge and use of them. The Mountain Flying Ground School highlights the basics of mountain flying and is an overview in their application through normal and advanced mountain flying applications.

The Shallow Water Egress Training course is designed to teach the basic procedures used to egress a ditched aircraft. This half day course (4 hours) is comprised of academic instruction and practical exercises.

Are you a helicopter pilot? Do you care about weather conditions at 30,000 feet? We didn't think so! The helicopter "micro-climate" environment is unique, and as such the Weather for Helicopter Pilots course was developed for Helicopter Pilots and Crew Members to promote SAFE flights each and every time you take our wonderful and intricate machines to the sky. Learn in 4 hours the "important stuff" and not worry about spending countless hours in the "books" trying to figure out what you "need to know". This isn't a "dry-eyes" weather course, it was designed for YOU, the helicopter pilot and/or helicopter crew-member.

For those in the aviation field or considering it as a career, the Military to Civilian Workshop provides information to enable the service member to make career decisions and explore possibilities, making the transition to civilian life easier. Transitioning from military back to civilian life is never simple. Whether the individual is retiring or getting out after a first "hitch", transitioning to an uncertain environment is daunting, particularly in the field of aviation. This workshop will also be valuable for those considering a military career.

The goal of the Human Performance in Helicopter Maintenance Part 1 and Part 2 courses is to examine the human role in the chain of events that causes an aviation occurrence. These two-day workshops, designed by maintenance personnel for maintenance personnel, are highly interactive and help explain why even a conscientious person can cause an accident due to maintenance error. Participants will learn what they can do to avoid the maintenance error that no one ever intends to make. This workshop is approved by the FAA for IA renewal, and meets the new FAR 145.163 requirements for repair stations.

The four-day, IA-approved Helicopter Maintenance Management course has two primary purposes for the manager in a maintenance organization. First, it gives managers critical, yet often overlooked, skills to control a complex issue that confronts every organization: a limited amount of resources to accomplish its objectives. Second, the course reinforces the required technical proficiency that managers must maintain by offering an in-depth regulatory review.

The one-day, IA-approved Regulatory Compliance 101: Airworthiness and Maintenance Issues course will cover the pertinent FAA regulatory requirements relating to design, production, operations, and maintenance of civil aviation products and parts. It addresses the pertinent FARs and FAA guidance material relating to Parts 21, 43, 65, 91, 119, 121, 133, 135, and 145.

The aviation marketplace is no longer limited by geographic boundaries. Tapping into international markets provides aviation entities an unparalleled opportunity to expand capital and resources, and to improve the "bottom line." However, with international interaction come new regulations and guidance which can pose unique challenges to a business. ARSA's Regulatory Compliance 201: International Compliance is a course designed to equip your business with the tools necessary to ensure compliance with international regulations and guidance.


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