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Making Life and Death Decisions - An Interactive Case Study of a Fatal Helicopter Accident
A deep discussion of a helicopter accident, where a good pilot attempted a good deed - but unfortunately ended in tragedy.
Date and Time:
Saturday, December 1, 2018, starting at 09:30 Arizona Download Calendar File
Jeff Hurd, Tina Buskirk
Brief Description:

Join us as we dive deep into one helicopter accident, discuss the tragedy of three lost lives, and help you see that many operational decisions are not black and white choices. 

On Dec. 1, at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Ariz., Tina Buskirk of the FAA Flight Standards District Office and Jeff Hurd of PHI Air Ambulance will lead an in-depth 90-minute session about a safety-conscious helicopter pilot who died while trying to fly a very noble mission.  We will use an extensive NTSB accident report, photos, animation, and pilot background materials as you weigh the consequences of each operational decision.

Sponsored by the International Helicopter Safety Team, this “Go Local” workshop reviews accidents that happened to good pilots (like you) who often were trying to do great deeds with their helicopters.  Participants will analyze the decision-making processes that can lead to disaster and determine what they can do to avoid falling into similar traps.  What you learn here could save your life.

This free event begins at 9: 30 am, Dec 1, in the Cooley Ballroom on the Mesa campus of Arizona State University Polytechnic.  Plan for speaker and audience discussion and interaction. 

Refreshments will be provided - sponsored by IHST!  Join us as we work together for a safer helicopter community.

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Location of Seminar:
Cooley Ballroom, ASU Polytechnic Student Union
5999 S. Backus Mall
Cooley Ballroom
Mesa, AZ 85212
Directions to Venue:

For driving and walking directions see ASU Poly Map.pdf and  Ballroom Location.pdf under Additional Public Seminar Documents below.  For those driving in, there are NO FEES for parking on Saturday.  The parking lot adjacent to the Student Union is officially Lot 10; there are numerous signs showing it as a pay lot, but there are no fees for Saturday parking.

If you are flying in, please inform Gateway Aviation Services that you flew in for an FAA seminar.  They should waive the parking fee.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
Yes  IWA
100 seats at the facility, 74 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Sponsoring Division:
Scottsdale FSDO
Contact Information:
Tina Buskirk
Phone: 480-284-7434
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):

We wish to thank the International Helicopter Safety Team, the FAA Safety Team, and the Scottsdale Flight Standards District Office for their support of this event. 

The AZ FAASTeam is being supported by the Arizona State University Aviation Programs. We'd like to recognize Professor Jimmy Kimberly, AZ FAASTeam Rep. and Marc O'Brien, Chair of Aviation Programs for their personal contribution to the FAASTeam and to this event.  ASU provides facilities, personnel and logistical support for this and other FAASTeam seminars and events.

Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
Advanced WINGS
1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 1
1 Hour Total for AMT
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