Date(s): Feb. 25 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

How to Stand Up a High-Value VTOL Infrastructure Digital Management System

Professional Education Course (PEC)
Instructor: Chris Andres and Michael Middleton

Price by Jan. 12: $600 Member | $705 Nonmember
Price after Jan. 12: $675 Member | $920 Nonmember

This course will provide case study examples of how helicopter, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), advanced air mobility (AAM) operators and facility owners (of helipad, heliport, vertiport, helideck, landing zone, training area, and high-value aviation locations and facilities) can gather, standardize, stand up, share, and manage a digital system of record for operations, compliance, and safety for the facility’s critical infrastructure and associated activities to ensure uninterrupted, safe, and compliant operations. High-value vertical takeoff landing locations (HVVTOLL) are critical infrastructure components and integral to operational effectiveness.

It doesn’t matter how good your pilots or flying assets are if you don’t have a functional, ready-to-use facility for patient transport, drone package delivery, natural disaster relief, AAM personnel taxis, firefighting support, or power grid operations. Teach owners to define the tools they need to manage their facility by defining their operations and external (regulatory/statutory) and internal requirements.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will have learned:

  • Identify critical infrastructure components to assess, monitor, and oversee in a digital system of record
  • Understand the cause and effect (dependency) of high value aviation locations for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) operations with operations, personnel, equipment, and safety
  • Evaluate how high-value aviation locations for VTOL operations can adversely impact operataions and safety
  • Procedures to develop metrics to measure impacts of high-value aviation locations on VTOL operations during failures, disruptions, non-compliance, and incidents
  • Understand the cost benefit and return on investment (ROI) to an organization for persistent digital oversight of high-value aviation locations for VTOL operations.

Instructor Bio

Chris Andres (USCG Retired) is a graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering/naval architecture and a 20+ year Naval Aviator. He also received a master’s degree in quality systems management from the National Graduate School. Chris previously worked for Oracle Corp. for 5 years as a business development consultant supporting North America sales. His current role is with SafeHelipad software systems leading business development for its customizable software management system for vertical aviation infrastructure needs.

Michael W. Middleton served in various capacities during his active-duty career in the US Marine Corps (USMC) as a fleet helicopter pilot (CH-53D) in support of Fleet Marine Forces (FMF) operations globally. He also served as a forward air controller/air officer with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines. He also served as the director White House Liaison Office for Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1). He is an airline transport pilot (ATP) airplane multi-engine, commercial and instrument rotorcraft–helicopter, and flight and instrument (CFI/CFII) airplane instructor. Michael retired from the USMC and is currently the founder of SafeHelipad Software Systems and M3 Partners.

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