Safety Events and Resources

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 review the safety events and resources we’re offering at this year’s conference. Whether you want to learn from the experts, connect with peers, or join others working to make a difference—you’ll find all these safety-focused opportunities 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 in your operation.

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

This year, the Zone merges with HAI Connect, which means you will have even more space to relax, network, and learn. Here are just some of the things you can expect this year:

  • A static US Coast Guard helicopter display promoting enhanced systems, preflight safety, and transition tips
  • The HAI Connect stage hosting key announcements, lively discussions, and video recordings
  • A trivia game show where you can test your aviation and safety knowledge—and win awesome prizes!
  • The opportunity to trade in your Rotor Safety Challenge coins for your completion certificate.

Professional Education Courses

HAI’s Professional Education Courses (PECs) provide helicopter-specific, in-depth learning modules taught by industry experts. At this year’s Expo, HAI is offering more than 30 courses on various topics, including Part 135 operations, an aviation safety officer course, and training for specific missions and operations such as external cargo rigging and mountain flying. You can earn free show passes when you sign up for PECs! Get a free 1-day pass when you register for one course or a free 3-day pass for two or more purchased courses. PECs are usually scheduled on the days immediately before and 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 (RSC), a series of safety education sessions free to HAI HELI-EXPO® attendees and exhibitors. Additional registration is not required. The sessions are 1 hour in length, making them easy to fit into your show schedule. Check out the to choose from sessions on topics ranging from fuel management to aircraft systems to using the helicopter air ambulance weather tool—and more.

HAI Safety Symposium: NTSB Accident Investigation Briefing

Monday, March 6, 2023 | 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Each year, the HAI Safety Working Group helps kick off HAI HELI-EXPO® with a Safety Symposium rich with thought-provoking stories, tips, and tactics to help you enhance safety in your daily operations. In this year’s symposium, you’ll listen to a briefing about a recent fatal accident investigation that will challenge you to rethink how you operate in the aviation world. Come hear from some of the world’s most experienced accident investigators, who are prepared to help us gain a clear understanding of what happened, why it happened, and what steps we all can take to ensure that such a tragic event doesn’t happen again. The symposium will cover a host of safety topics with a clear purpose: straight talk about current safety deficiencies and the part we all must play to elevate safety in our industry. This event formally kicks off HAI HELI-EXPO 2023, which features more than 60 training presentations—and most are eligible for FAA WINGS or AMT credit!

Safety Directors Forum

Monday, March 6, 2023 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

What has changed in your operation since the pandemic? One significant change reported by most employers is an increase in remote work arrangements. Many employees experience this shift as a positive outcome. But what effect has remote work had on your organization? How has this shift changed your safety posture? Are remote employees effective risk managers/mitigators? Has your organization’s culture changed? Is the industry better off now, or are we charting unknown waters? This moderated 90-minute discussion with some of the industry’s leading flight-safety professionals will explore the issue from several perspectives. Each panelist’s organization performs many flight operations functions—design, testing, training, and certification. How is each of these functions changed by this “new norm”? Whether you are a newly assigned safety manager, a seasoned line pilot, or a CEO—this discussion is for you.

  • Bruce Webb – Airbus, Director of Aviation Education and Community Outreach
  • John McGonagle – Sikorsky, Director of Flight Operations/Chief Pilot
  • Tony Randall – Bell, Sr. Manager, Air Safety & Certification
  • Giuseppe Afruni – Leonardo, Chief Test Pilot and Head of Flight Operations.

US Helicopter Safety Team All-Hands Meeting

Monday, March 6, 2023 | 2:30 pm – 4:00 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 (UIMC), low-altitude flight operations, and other common causes. The team will unveil recent successes and project outputs linked to several helicopter safety enhancements.

Maintenance Safety

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Presented by the HAI Safety Working Group, this session 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

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

What knowledge can we gain from one of the world’s most well-known offshore aviation operators? What can we learn from the challenges and successes of one the newest small operators to enter the market? In this year’s town hall, Chevron Aviation and V3 Initiative will discuss how they seek to maintain continuous operational excellence while meeting safety performance objectives. Learn how these companies have transformed the hazards found in their operating environments into routine and manageable risks. Learn why and how Chevron successfully navigated the FAA SMSVP, voluntarily operates under Part 135, and follows some of the most rigid industry standards and recommended practices. If you want to elevate your game, this town hall is a must!

  • Jose “J.J.” Jaramillo – Manager, Chevron Aircraft Operations
  • Brian Holley – Chief Pilot, Chevron Aircraft Operations
  • Tim Guidry – Director of Safety, Chevron Aircraft Operations
  • Chris Martone – Director of Training, Chevron Aircraft Operations
  • Jessica Meiris – Owner, V3 Initiative LLC.