Date(s): Wednesday, March 9 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)
Operations, Pilot, Safety
Instructors: Chris Baur and Brian Berubee, Hughes Aerospace Corp.

This interactive session navigates participants through developing, implementing, and commissioning instrument flight procedures and the four areas of maintenance. We will explore the certification of a heliport for COPTER IFR procedures, examining requirements and mitigations to facilitate dependable all-weather day and night operations with an improved level of safety. The benefits of vertically and nonvertically guided approaches; the differences and benefits of COPTER localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV), localizer performance (LP), and lateral navigation (LNAV); proceed visually and proceed VFR; and trajectory-based radio frequency (RF) flight segments will be discussed. We will also take a close look at off-heliport obstacles, categorizations, airspace engineering, and the environmental process. Heliport surveys and flight inspection activities will be explained along with value-added options such as COPTER required navigation performance (RNP) 0.3 low-level routes and heliport advisory weather cameras.

Instructor Bio

Chris Baur is the president and CEO of Hughes Aerospace Corp. He has 40 years of experience in aviation, including as an airline captain, technical pilot, instructor, and flight test pilot as well as experience as a dual-rated airline transport pilot with 12 type ratings in airliners, business, and rotary-wing aircraft. Chris is a retired military aviator, uniquely rated as a pilot/aviator in the US Army, US Coast Guard, and US Air Force in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. His helicopter background includes flying the longest helicopter oceanic rescue mission in history—over 16 hours to rescue 31 merchant marines from the storm-stricken Ukrainian freighter Salvador Allende.

Brian Berubee is the chief procedure designer for Hughes Aerospace Corp. Brian has over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, starting as an air traffic controller for the US Air Force and then working for the FAA as a terminal instrument procedures (TERPS) specialist. As the chief designer at Hughes Aerospace, he has a comprehensive understanding of air traffic control operations, procedure design, and airspace issues. A rotary-wing and fixed-wing performance-based navigation (PBN) technical expert, Brian has been involved with the development of over 10,500 conventional instrument flight procedures and PBN instrument flight procedures throughout the world. Brian also leads the company’s efforts with the FAA’s helicopter modernization program.

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