Date(s): Tuesday, March 23 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


Rotor Safety Challenge Course (RSC)
Pilot, Safety
Instructor: Alexia Payan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Price: This course is free to anyone attending HAI HELI-EXPO

This session will review current wire strike prevention and protection technologies and their advantages and disadvantages. We’ll explore the development of a database of wires and cables in the United States using machine learning techniques and satellite imagery; look at the requirements for implementing such a database in an electronic flight bag; and provide insight into the development of a modeling and simulation environment for the design of new, mechanically enhanced wire-cutter systems for lightweight helicopters.

Instructor Bio

Alexia Payan is a research engineer at the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She holds a doctorate in aerospace engineering and two master’s degrees, one in aerospace engineering and one in earth and atmospheric sciences. Alexia is currently Georgia Tech’s deputy site director for the Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability—PEGASAS, an FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation. Over the years, she’s been involved in several projects related to rotorcraft safety, including the development of rotorcraft safety metrics; the study of scenario-based training; the development of a physics-based modeling and simulation environment to study the efficiency of various wire strike protection systems for various helicopter weight categories; and the feasibility of building a regional database of wires and cables using machine learning. Alexia earned her private pilot’s license in 2015.

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