Date(s): Tuesday, March 8 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)

Instructor: Christopher Young, Pik West Insurance Agency, and Bryan Smith, Airborne Public Safety Association

Safety management systems (SMSs) aren’t just for large, complex organizations. Their elements can be applied to any type of operation, including small fleets and private operators. This session covers risk management principles integral to the success of every vertical lift operation and demonstrates how to implement an SMS in the day-to-day work environment.

Instructor Bio

Christopher “Chris” Young has 28 years of aviation and leadership experience gained while serving in the US Navy and working in the air medical, aircraft manufacturing, aviation safety, and technical publication segments. He has accumulated over 2,900 flight hours as a pilot. Chris understands the unique complexities aircraft operators face and offers practical guidance on the many elements of SMS implementation and management.

Bryan Smith has served as the safety program manager for the Airborne Public Safety Association (APSA) since 2012 and is the chief pilot for the Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office. Bryan regularly gives presentations for APSA, having instructed more than 4,000 of the association’s members in safety matters, as well as for HAI and the Police Aviation Conference Europe (PAvCon Europe). Bryan is a fixed-wing and rotorcraft pilot with commercial, CFII, and NVG instructor ratings. He was the recipient of the 2017 HAI BLR Aerospace Safety Award.

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