Date(s): Sunday, March 21 |  8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Professional Education Course (PEC)
Instructor: Andre Hutchings, Volo Mission

Price by Jan. 29: $505 Member | $750 Nonmember
Price after Jan. 29: $645 Member | $945 Nonmember

This course, an introduction to vertical reference / external-load work, relies on vertical reference training as the first step in understanding longline piloting skills. We’ll cover the fundamentals of longlining up through advanced external-load operations, including safety, case studies, human-factors training, FAA Part 133 regulations, basic longline rigging, and ground crew training.

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

  • The importance of vertical reference training as the first step in understanding longlining
  • Longline terminology and verbiage
  • The function of walk-arounds, basic call-outs, and safety procedures
  • The importance of ground crew training and understanding the perspective from the ground

Instructor Bio

Andre Hutchings is VP of operations and chief pilot at Volo Mission, an external-load training company near Dallas, Texas. He is also a command pilot and director of government support operations for Columbia Helicopters and is passionate about sharing his knowledge of longlining with pilots who are entering (or reentering) the external-load sector. Andre has worked in the helicopter industry for more than 25 years in a multitude of capacities, including firefighting, law enforcement, construction, logging, and oil and gas. When he’s not overseeing operations at Volo Mission, Andre can be found overseeing Columbia’s operations in Afghanistan.

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