Safety is core to HAI’s mission, and improving safety in our industry is an integral part of the conversation at our annual conference and trade show.

Please look over the safety events and resources below. Learn from the experts, connect with peers, or join others working to make a difference—you’ll find all of these opportunities to focus on safety at HAI HELI-EXPO®.

HAI Rotor Safety Zone

Come meet the industry’s most dedicated safety professionals in the HAI Rotor Safety Zone. Exchange leading practices, share safety tips, and gain firsthand experience that you can implement back home in your operation.

Join the HAI Safety Working Group, US Helicopter Safety Team, FAA Safety Team, and other committed organizations that are ready to help you up your safety game!

Here are just some of the things you can expect in the Zone this year:

  • A static helicopter display configured for a preflight and walk-around treasure hunt
  • Virtual-reality flight simulators running challenging aeronautical decision-making scenarios
  • A video booth ready to collect and share your Spotlight on Safety messages
  • The opportunity to trade in your Rotor Safety Challenge coins for your completion certificate
  • A chance to earn top-tier safety swag for participating in fun and engaging

Professional Education Courses

HAI’s Professional Education Courses (PECs) provide helicopter-specific, in-depth learning taught by industry experts. At this year’s Expo, HAI is offering 31 courses on various topics, including Part 135 operations and an Aviation Safety Officer Course as well as training for specific missions and operations, such as external cargo rigging and mountain flying. Professional Education Courses come with a complimentary one-day pass to the show floor for one course or a three-day pass for two or more courses purchased. PECs are usually scheduled on the days immediately before or after HAI HELI-EXPO, to give participants maximum time to explore the show and all it has to offer.

Rotor Safety Challenge

Each year, HAI presents the Rotor Safety Challenge, a series of safety education sessions free to HAI HELI-EXPO attendees and exhibitors. The sessions are one hour long and require no additional registration, making them easy to fit into your packed show schedule. Check out the 2022 Rotor Safety Challenge schedule to choose from sessions on topics ranging from fuel management to aircraft systems to using the HEMS Weather Tool—and more.

HAI Safety Symposium

Monday, March 7, 2022 | 8:30 am – 10:30 am

In this year’s Safety Symposium, the HAI Safety Working Group wants you to understand how it feels to experience a nearly catastrophic accident and live to tell the tale. Our two guest speakers will keep you on the edge of your seat as they recount their own harrowing tales of survival in the face of nearly insurmountable odds. You’ll hear from one pilot who crashed in the ocean twice and safely egressed. Another shares a frightening inadvertent IMC encounter from which she managed to safely recover after an agonizing struggle that drew on every ounce of her focus and perseverance. Both pilots care deeply enough to step forward and recount their trauma to ensure that others clearly understand just how close they could come to making similar mistakes—but with far more tragic outcomes.

After our speakers share their stories, our audience and panel of accident investigation experts will have an opportunity to ask the pilots some tough questions and gain a deeper understanding of what happened to them, how they survived their respective ordeals, and what the rest of us can learn from them. We’ll address a wide range of safety topics with a clear purpose—to stress straight talk about current safety deficiencies and the part we must play to enhance confidence in our industry.

This event formally kicks off HAI HELI-EXPO 2022, which will feature more than 60 training presentations, most of which are eligible for FAA WINGS or AMT credit!

Safety Directors Forum

Monday, March 7, 2022 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join a candid discussion led by industry leaders to better understand how “safety culture” starts at the top—with leadership engagement of frontline teammates; a focus on self-assessment; and verification of how employees view safety management, the “culture of care,” and responsibility for personal safety. This forum is directed to those interested in the future of aviation safety, including frontline aviation professionals, safety managers, and executives.

US Helicopter Safety Team All-Hands Meeting

Monday, March 7, 2022 | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) invites all attendees to join this open forum to discuss ongoing efforts to reduce helicopter accidents involving loss of control, unintentional flight into instrument meteorological conditions, low-altitude flight operations, and other common causes. The team will unveil recent successes and project output linked to several helicopter safety enhancements.

Safety Ignited! Know Your Flight Data, Know Your Risk

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Come join this fun and fast-paced event where several courageous experts will deliver seven-minute presentations discussing a range of topics tied to helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM). Ranging from hardware to data analysis to functional safety use cases, it’s a crash course in all things HFDM. Every presenter will be on the clock and under pressure to ignite your interest! Get yourself some popcorn (or tomatoes) and come see the action!

Got Safety Tools?

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Presented by the HAI Safety Working Group, this meeting will offer helpful safety tools, tips, and tactics for current and aspiring aviation maintenance technicians and engineers. Come discover some of the most common challenges your colleagues have faced and how they have overcome them using proven safety practices.

Safety Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The HAI Safety Working Group is hosting a town hall discussion on the psychological aspects of aeronautical decision-making. We’ll hear from an experienced industrial psychologist on what goes into our decision-making and how to recognize limitations in our thought processes. More importantly, the presenters will provide steps to help pilots and operational decision makers recognize the signs of poor decision-making.