Lessons Learned from ‘56 Seconds to Live’

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)
Safety; Operations
Instructor: Scott Tyrrell, Arvid Albanese, Tim Tucker, Matt “Hewy” Hewlett, and Scott Boughton

Many who viewed the US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) “56 Seconds to Live” video were introduced to a frightening accident scenario that reminded many pilots of a similar experience. This one-hour session will reintroduce that video clip as part of a course on understanding risk management and recommended practices to apply in all phases of flight planning and execution.

Instructor Bio

Scott Tyrrell retired from the FAA as a continued operational safety specialist and accident investigator. Scott investigated more than 30 helicopter crashes, two National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Go-Teams, and one international accident. Scott was instrumental in the development of the USHST 56 Seconds to Live safety initiative. Prior to the FAA, Scott served with the US Air National Guard for over 28 years as an aircraft maintenance officer and a mission support group commander, retiring in 2009.

Arvid Albanese is the owner of the Albanese Group, a privately held real estate investment group located in South Florida. He has earned an ATP for both airplane multi-engine land and rotorcraft–helicopter. He also has commercial privileges for airplane multi-engine land. Arvid is active in the US Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary and routinely flies SAR and drug interdiction observation flights.

Tim Tucker learned to fly in 1970 in the US Army’s Warrant Officer Program and retired after 27 years. Tim started the pilot safety course for Robinson Helicopter and recently retired from the role of chief instructor. Tim has been an FAA designated pilot examiner (DPE) in helicopters since 1984 and has over 20,000 hours of helicopter flying.

Matt “Hewy” Hewlett is the director of operations for Universal Helicopter Inc.’s training location in Provo, Utah. Matt is an ATP helicopter pilot and certified flight instructor, FAA designated pilot examiner, authorized chief instructor for FAA-approved Part 141 helicopter courses, and a station manager for a Part 145 repair station. Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in operations management.

Scott Boughton is the owner of Palisade Aviation, a Colorado-based company that aims to refine flight training. Scott is the vice chair of the HAI Training Working Group. He is also the author of the US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) 56 Seconds to Live course. Scott’s approach to aviation safety is based upon his educational philosophy and how we can equip the next generation of pilots with the skills they need for success.

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