HELI-EXPO 2013 Professional Education Courses

Advanced Vertical Reference Long-Line Applications

March 4, 2013 | | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Level 2
Pilot Skills Track


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This ground school will build on the operational concepts presented in the Introduction to Vertical Reference Long-Line course. The advanced course will venture further into Part 133 operation applications, definitions, and regulations. Also addressed are advanced vertical reference long-line methods and industry utilization for a variety of external-cargo missions.

This course will address topics that include —

  • Safety challenges for long-line operations and ground crews
  • External cargo accident scenarios and accident reports
  • Emergency response planning
  • Congested area planning
  • Remote operations
  • Emergencies and rigging failures
  • Aircraft performance
  • Class D (human cargo) and class B (human cargo)
  • Short-haul human external cargo and helicopter external transport system
  • Rescue hoisting operations
  • Procedures for long-line water bucketing
  • General cargo delivery and cargo rigging.

Attendees will be familiar with Part 133 definitions and regulations, strategies to manage risk and hazards for vertical reference long-line operations, planning considerations for missions in congested areas and remote locations, and advanced vertical reference long-line missions and techniques.

Robert Libby holds Canadian airline transport pilot and U.S. commercial rotary licenses. He has more than 38 years and 12,000 hours of flight experience, including 6,000 hours of vertical reference long-line and 5,000 hours of mountain flying, primarily for exploration, forestry, and logging operations. Libby has additional flight experience in executive transport, aerial photography, tourism, and specialty-lift operations. For the majority of his career, Libby has focused on training helicopter pilots and ground crews worldwide in the areas of firefighting and vertical reference long-line. He is the owner of Advanced Aero Marine Systems Ltd and Advanced Helicopter Training.

Who Should Attend
Pilots with a desire to venture into the vertical reference long-line field; experienced long-line pilots, including those reentering the industry; company-training pilots wishing to develop an in-house training program; flight instructors; operations managers and supervisors; safety officers; accident investigators; and ground-crew members.

Course Prerequisites

Professional Development Credit
FAA Wings program