FAA Seeks Input On Helicopter Safety

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Safety specialists from the FAA will host a meeting on March 22 and 23 in Portland, Ore., to address issues particular to helicopters. Pilots, instructors, mechanics, operators, manufacturers and insurers are urged to attend. The regional FAA Safety Team, Helicopter Association International and the International Helicopter Safety Team are hosting the event. Mornings will feature several nationally recognized speakers and afternoon breakout sessions provide the opportunity to exchange ideas. The hosts will seek input from helicopter users about the safety challenges they confront and how best to meet them. Issues on the agenda include hazards posed by met towers, emergency medical operations, flight training and more.

Speakers will include Matthew Zuccaro and Stan Rose of HAI, Christopher Eastlee from the Air Medical Operators Association, and a representative of IHST. Pre-registration is free and available online. The seminar will be held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower/Downtown Portland, 921 SW Sixth Ave. At the same venue, a separate safety seminar, "Rotorwing Gotchas for GA Helicopter Pilots and Instructors," will be held on March 22 at 7 p.m. Registration for that event is also available online.