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Friday, October 10, 2014

Helitech International Education Program to Feature EASA Address

The European Helicopter Association (EHA) will hold its Rotorcraft Seminars in Amsterdam on Oct. 15, 2014 during Helitech International, which will take place at the RAI from Oct. 14-16, 2014. The program will feature a keynote address from Norbert Lohl, certification director at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), among additional speakers addressing topics in the rotorcraft industry such as the impact of Single European Sky Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research (SESAR) and perspectives on the Age 60 Rule. 

After the welcome and introduction, Lohl will deliver his keynote address to be moderated by Peter Norton, chief executive of the British Helicopter Association. This will be followed by a question and answer session and an overview of EASA rule-making activities provided by Oyvind Friis-Ottessen, rulemaking officer at EASA, which directly impact rotorcraft operations, including those stemming from the SESAR program.

The next session will be a roundtable discussion on the theme of "SESAR - what's in it for Rotorcraft?" involving a top-level panel which will debate how this complex program will affect the rotorcraft sector and how the challenges ahead can really improve the safety and efficiency of rotorcraft operations. The panelists will include Robin Garrity, ATM expert at SESAR Joint Undertaking; Sigmund Lockert, deputy manager, Flight Operations at CHC HelikopterService; Pierluigi Parente, flight regulation and infrastructures senior manager at AgustaWestland and Philippe Rollet, senior expert ATM at Airbus Helicopters. Moderated by Aviation Consultant Luigi Simoncini, Britta Herbig will then make a presentation on the Age 60 Rule focusing on medical and cognitive risks for flight safety.

The next topic in the EHA Rotorcraft Seminars will address UAVs and will be presented by Dieter Klein, managing director at AIR LLOYD Deutsche Helicopter Flugservice. Klein will discuss from an operator's perspective with a focus on the "rules of the air" in the lower airspace and the future of these systems from an operational viewpoint. Klein will then answer questions from the floor on this important sector of the rotorcraft industry.

Flight Time Limitations (FTL) will be at the center of the subsequent session viewed from both the crew member and operator's perspective, covering some of the most important and basic key issues for rotary-wing EMS operations in Europe. Delegates will hear from pilots Andrea Pertegato and Andreas Hjert who fly for INAER Aviation Italia and Norskluftambulanse respectively. They will present the main types of operating patterns, crew concepts, scheduling types as well as the possible negative impacts on safety arising from a poorly designed FTL-regulation; they will also take delegates' questions at the end of the presentation.

Pierluigi Fumagalli, CEO, Studio di Progettazione & Consulenza Aeronautica, will then take the stage to discuss Annex 14 and how a possible increase in the minimum Final Approach and Take-Off area (FATO) dimension of PC1 heliports is going to affect operations and budgets. As there is a new direction towards achieving objective standards, Fumagalli will provide an update on the ICAO Heliport Design Working Group activities based on such standards and his session will conclude with questions from the floor.

The EHA Rotorcraft Seminars will conclude with a presentation from Captain Agustin Baigorri, Flight Operations Manager at COYOTAIR SA on aerial fire fighting across Southern Europe. Captain Baigorri's presentation will discuss key topics such as regulatory issues, the lack of crew and training requirements, night operations and aerial co-ordination of large fires.                                        



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