FlightSafety International Introduces Its Master Aviator Program For Helicopter Pilots

NEW YORK (October 31, 2016) – FlightSafety International announces the introduction of its Master Aviator program for helicopter pilots.

“We are pleased to now offer the FlightSafety Master Aviator program for helicopter pilots,” said David Davenport, Executive Vice President. “Master Aviator sets a new standard for pilot achievement and recognition, and helps pilots to develop a deeper knowledge of the helicopter they fly and to ensure a safe and correct response to a broad range of demanding, unexpected situations.”

The progressive Master Aviator curriculum builds upon the fundamentals covered by initial and recurrent training. FlightSafety Master Aviator for helicopter pilots is earned by completing two advanced aircraft-specific core courses and a choice of four electives. At least one FlightSafety initial or recurrent training event must also be completed every 8 months.

The one-day core courses include Helicopter Human Factors / Crew Resource Management (HF/CRM) and Surviving Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). The CRM course enables the pilots to master the key aspects of CRM that uniquely apply to helicopter operation. This includes situational awareness, conflict resolution and communication skills. They will also experience how effective crew performance and decision-making can overcome situations caused by error chains, human factors and fatigued or stressed operators.

The IMC course will help the pilots to be fully prepared when weather conditions unexpectedly and rapidly change in order to have sound and well-practiced strategy to maintain the safety of their aircraft. This course provides the tools needed to react appropriately as decisions made in the first pivotal moments often decide the outcome. Pilots will also review and fully understand the major causes for inadvertent IMC accidents and master best practices for the safest responses.

The elective courses include Helicopter/Rotary Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B); Fatigue Management; Safety Management Systems for Aviation Professionals; Air Medical Resource Management; Warm Weather Operations; Cold Weather Operations; Adverse Weather and Monsoon Conditions; Helicopter Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR); and Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT). Other specialty and enrichment courses include General Emergency Training; Night Vision Goggles (NVG) Initial and Recurrent; Corporate Aviation Security; Hazardous Materials (Will Not Carry); Safety Management System (SMS) for Managers; and Weather Radar.

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than 1.3 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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