Date(s): Wednesday, March 9 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)
Tracks:
Operations, Pilot, Safety
Instructor: Nick Sinopoli and Erik Sabiston, ICARUS Devices

The Instrument Conditions Awareness Recognition and Understanding System, ICARUS, combines the control of a simulator with the actual sensations of flight to train pilots for unintended flight into instrument meteorological conditions (UIMC) and inadvertent entry into instrument meteorological conditions (IIMC). The system stops the clock at 56 seconds. Presenters in this session will explain how ICARUS is being used by flight schools, air ambulance operations, and law enforcement agencies.

Instructor Bio

Nick Sinopoli is the founder, inventor, and managing partner of ICARUS Devices. After a friend perished in an aviation accident, Nick was determined to make a revolutionary invention that would teach pilots how to survive flight into low visibility. A dual-rated aviator, Nick has had a lifelong love of aviation. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and has logged time in Cessna, Piper, and Cirrus aircraft as well as gliders, Bell 206, EC145, T-6B, and UH-60A/L/M variants.

ICARUS partner Erik Sabiston currently flies the Airbus A320/321 for a major airline. Erik is a former aircraft mechanic and highly decorated US Army helicopter pilot who commanded one of the most dangerous rescue missions in the War in Afghanistan. His UH-60 crew’s heroics culminated in a maximum-power IIMC hoist, which earned them three Distinguished Flying Crosses for valor.

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