HELI-EXPO 2013 Professional Education Courses

Flight Instructor Refresher Course

March 3–4, 2013 | | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Level 2
Pilot Skills Track


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This helicopter-only, two-day course covers the latest updates in regulations and helicopter flight-instruction techniques. The course consists of 16 hours of instruction, with an exam at the conclusion of each day. The curriculum and course content have been designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as meeting the requirements of AC 61-83G, Nationally Scheduled FAA-Approved Industry-Conducted Flight Instructor Refresher Course.

Topics addressed in this course include flight instructor professionalism and ethics, instruction fundamentals and techniques, teaching flight maneuvers, instructional intervention, recurrent training, the responsibility of the instructor toward furthering aviation safety, federal aviation regulations and proposed changes, airspace review and fly neighborly, aeronautical decision making, helicopter aerodynamics, weather, crew resource management, and more.

Gary Young (chief instructor) is a retired U.S. Army aviator. He was a test pilot and instructor pilot with Bell Helicopter for more than 20 years, accumulating over 17,000 hours of flight experience. Prior to his 2004 retirement, Young served his last nine years with Bell as chief flight instructor (CFI) of the Bell Customer Training Academy. As CFI, Young and his team of instructors were given FAA approval for the first FAA FAR 141 night-vision pilot training program in the United States. In 1988, Young received HAI’s Outstanding Flight Instructor of the Year award. He has played an active role in the management of the Flight Instructor Refresher Course at HELI-EXPO® since 1996.

Randy Rowles (assistant chief instructor) is vice president and general manager of Era Training Center. Rowles has extensive experience in flight training in roles such as vice president of business development and night-vision goggle training programs for Night Flight Concepts, senior flight instructor specialist for Bell Helicopter, and founder of Palm Beach Helicopters, an FAA Part 141 training school. He is a past chairman of the HAI Flight Training committee and has accumulated more than 11,500 flight hours during his career.

Who Should Attend
Flight instructors who wish to renew their instructor certificates under FAR Part 61, and flight instructors who wish to maintain their qualifications as chief instructors or assistant chief instructors for pilot schools certificated under FAR Part 141. In addition, pilots preparing for their initial rotorcraft flight instructor certificate will find this course helpful, as well as instructors preparing for an additional CFI rating.

Professional Development Credit
At the conclusion of the course, HAI will issue a graduation certificate to each successful attendee. This certificate may be used as a basis for renewal of the flight instructor certificate, provided such application is made before an attendee’s current instructor certificate expires and within a period of three calendar months from the date of course completion. HAI will have an airman certificate representative on-site to process certificate renewals, using the Integrated Airman Certification and/or Rating Application. In addition, the graduation certificate is valid for the one-hour ground school required for the flight review (but not the flight). It is not valid for reinstatement of a flight instructor certificate. FAA Wings program credit is also given to successful attendees.