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 listed below that provide safety education, resources, and actionable tools you can use back at work. Learn from the experts, connect with peers, or join those working to make a difference—you’ll find all those 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 first-hand experience that you can implement back home in your operation. Join the HAI Safety Working Group, US Helicopter Safety Team, the FAA Safety Team, and other committed organizations who are ready to help you up your safety game! Here are just some things you can expect this year:

  • A helicopter static display configured for a preflight and walkaround 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
  • Trade in your Rotor Safety Challenge coins for your completion certificate
  • Earn top-tier safety swag for participation in fun and engaging activities
Professional Education Courses

HAI’s Professional Education Courses (PEC) provide helicopter-specific, in-depth learning taught by industry experts. At this year’s Expo, HAI is offering 31 courses on safety topics, including aeronautical decision-making and operational risk management, as well as training for specific missions and operations, such as external cargo rigging and mountain flying. Professional Education Courses require an additional registration fee and are usually scheduled for the days immediately before or after HAI HELI-EXPO.

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 2021 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 22, 2021 | 8:30 – 10:30 AM

This year’s HAI Safety Symposium will focus on the recognition and prevention of inadvertent flight in instrument meteorological conditions (IIMC).

HAI HELI-EXPO 2021’s opening event will include an NTSB-led review of the key findings and recommendations stemming from a recent air medical accident investigation. The accident review will be followed by a roundtable discussion and an audience question-and-answer session with senior leaders from the NTSB, the FAA, and commercial operators addressing the industry’s top safety issues.

The HAI Safety Working Group invites all HAI HELI-EXPO attendees to help kick off this year’s symposium by joining us for a cup of coffee and to learn more about what the industry can do to implement and champion these critical safety improvements.

Directors Forum: Driving a 360-Degree Safety Culture from the C-Suite to the Front Lines

Monday, March 22, 2021 | 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. We’ll 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 at those interested in the future of aviation safety, including frontline aviation professionals, safety managers, and accountable executives.

US Helicopter Safety Team All-Hands Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021 | 1:30 – 3:00 PM

The US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) invites all HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 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 outputs linked to several helicopter safety enhancements.

International Helicopter Safety Foundation (IHSF) Regional Partner Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Come participate in a panel discussion with leaders from the IHSF’s regional partners from around the world. Each team will describe the key things its members are doing to prevent accidents, as well as the results of those actions. Learn about the latest safety information you can use in your personal or company operations, and how you can do your part to help us achieve our mutual goals through global cooperation.

Safety Ignited! Industry In Action (ADM Topics)

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Come join this fun and fast-paced event where several courageous members of the HAI Safety Working Group will deliver seven-minute presentations with actionable safety tips and recommended practices regarding aeronautical decision-making (ADM) that you can implement in your daily operations. Every presenter will be on the clock and under pressure to ignite your interest! Get yourself some popcorn and come see the action!

Got Safety Tools? What Every Aviation Maintenance Technician/Engineer Should Know When Equipping Their Toolbox

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Presented by the HAI Safety Working Group, this meeting will offer some 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: What Were They Thinking? Cracking the Code to Lapses in Aeronautical Decision-Making

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 9:30 – 11:30 AM

The HAI Safety Working Group is hosting a town hall discussion on the psychological aspects of aeronautical decision-making. We will 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 and respond through coaching and mentorship.