Date(s): Monday, March 22 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Professional Education Course (PEC)
Instructors: Dan Deutermann, The Squadron, Inc. / Chris Andres, consultant

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

This course will teach helicopter operators techniques that will help them identify hazards in their operational environment—even hazards they’ve become hardened to. Class participants will walk through the steps to quantify those hazards as risk factors and to reflect those risks in a meaningful FRAT (flight risk assessment tool) format that sticks with the crew beyond preflight planning and becomes a viable in-flight methodology to identify and manage new and emerging risks during flight. The tools presented will also support postflight risk-data gathering. Participants will learn how to use the data to identify trends of at-risk behaviors as well as to develop effective risk-management strategies. To navigate this road, the instructors will introduce the principles and procedures of operational risk management.

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

  • Educate organizational leaders about fostering and strengthening risk management in their companies
  • Understand and demonstrate the characteristics of an effective risk manager and how the position fits in an organization’s administrative structure
  • Develop simple but effective risk-assessment tools for specific missions
  • Instill the necessary mindset to use safety as a tool to get the job done
  • Conduct follow-up trend analyses to support changes in policy, training, and equipment acquisition
  • Understand the necessary processes for providing relevant feedback following incident investigation.

Instructor Bios:

Dan Deutermann holds ATP and CFII rotary ratings and flies VIP helicopters in the Northeastern United States. He has developed and presented courses for HAI HELI-EXPO® for the past eight years.

Chris Andres is an executive aviation management consultant with extensive experience in flight safety, risk management, and aviation program management. He holds a master’s degree in quality systems management and has completed comprehensive studies in aviation safety at the Naval Postgraduate School, the University of Southern California, and the US Department of Transportation’s Transportation Safety Institute. Chris is a retired US Coast Guard pilot with worldwide experience. He maintains CFII and commercial helicopter ratings.

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