Date(s): Wednesday, March 9 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)
Instructor: Bryan Smith, Airborne Public Safety Association, and Christopher Young, Pik West Insurance Agency

The flight risk assessment tool (FRAT) is a misunderstood aid that’s often treated as just a “check in the box.” This session will explain the importance of FRATs, including why we need them, who should perform them, and when they should be done. Instruction will be given on creating FRATs and using them in daily operations, and notes will be provided for safety managers on developing FRATs and using the data they generate. We’ll also cover legal requirements associated with using a FRAT.

Instructor Bio

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). He is a fixed-wing and rotorcraft pilot with commercial, CFII, and NVG instructor ratings. Bryan was the recipient of the 2017 HAI Aerospace Safety Award.

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.

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