Date(s): Tuesday, March 8 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)
Pilot, Safety, Student
Instructor: Tim Tucker, Robinson Helicopter Co.; Bruce Webb, Airbus Helicopters; Gordon Jiroux, Universal Helicopters; and Scott Tyrrell, FAA

From January 2019 to January 2020, the US helicopter industry experienced a fatal UIMC (unintended entry into instrument meteorological conditions) accident, on average, every 92 days. To reduce that rate, pilots must be prepared to avoid and survive UIMC. This session will help participants do both. Instructional materials will include various weather tools and resources. The class will review industry standards for proper UIMC procedures, organizational safety assurance programs, and precautionary landings. By the end of the session, participants will have learned how to reduce the fatal-accident rate as it pertains to UIMC.

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Instructor Bios

Bruce Webb is the director of aviation education and community outreach for Airbus Helicopters. He believes the key to improving aviation safety is through a better understanding of human behavior. Bruce, who has more than 38 years of helicopter experience, is a passionate speaker whose unique perspective resonates with audiences.

Scott Tyrrell retired in July 2021 from the FAA, where he served as a continued operational safety specialist, responsible primarily for operational safety, industry outreach, and accident investigation. Formerly, he served as a safety engineer in the agency’s Safety Management Group within the Rotorcraft Directorate. During his time with the FAA, Scott assisted with more than 20 National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident investigation teams and 2 major investigations, or NTSB “Go Teams.” For the past eight years, he has been an active member of the US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), specifically assisting with the team’s 56 Seconds to Live safety initiative to help reduce the incidence of fatal accidents associated with UIMC.