9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee
10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. General Session: Old Lessons, New Tools in Search and Rescue
11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Luncheon & Helicopter Heroism Award Ceremony
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session: Training for the Challenge
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Coffee Break
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Panel Discussion & Webinar: Search and Rescue: The Go/No Go Decision

10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Old Lessons, New Tools in Search and Rescue

The morning’s session will examine how well the lessons of large-scale responses, as they relate to the integration of helicopter capabilities, have been learned and applied. A panel of experts will examine the responses to such emergencies as Hurricane Katrina in the United States and the Boxing Day tsunami around the India Ocean in 2004-05 as well as large-scale exercises in the United States. These experts will look at political, bureaucratic, and funding factors that fostered success in applying the lessons and those foiled it. They also will examine new tools to facilitate the incorporation of rotorcraft capabilities, both governmental and private-industry ones, in large-scale search and rescue missions. Speakers include:

Moderator: Ernie Stephens, Contributing Columnist, Rotor & Wing

Michel Pawlowski, Chief, Catastrophic Planning, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency
Col. Barry D. Keeling, Commanding, Louisiana State Aviation Command
Trooper 2 Ty Mowry, New Jersey State Police, Chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council’s Helicopter Emergency Response Program.
Matthew S. Zuccaro, President, Helicopter Association International
Marie C. Flanigan, PhD, Lead Investigator, Atlas and Database of Air Medical Services


11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Helicopter Heroism Awards Luncheon

After the midday lunch, summit attendees will have the privilege of meeting and hearing first-hand about the exploits of this year’s recipients of this year’s awards for helicopter heroism, presented by Rotor & Wing magazine. Awards will be presented to crews in each of three operational categories: military, public service, and commercial/corporate/private. The crew performing the most exceptional rescue, as determined by Rotor & Wing’s panel of distinguished SAR professionals, will receive this year’s top honor, the Helicopter Heroism Award.


2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Training for the Challenge

The afternoon will focus on training helicopter crews for the challenge of responding to a SAR call. This expert panel will examine the U.S. Coast Guard’s approach to integrated crew training that proved so valuable and successful in the response to Hurricane Katrina. The experts will also explore lessons of the International Helicopter Safety Team’s analysis of helicopter accidents as they relate to emergency operations as well as new training initiatives in the commercial market, such as the offshore oil and gas industry’s new training regime for multiple-pilot aircraft. Speakers include:

Moderator: Jim McKenna, Editor-in-Chief, Rotor & Wing

Jack Hustwit, Director of Safety, EraMED
Fred W. Brisbois, Co-chair, Joint Helicopter Safety Implementation Team of the International Helicopter Safety Team and Director of Aviation and Product Safety, Sikorsky Aircraft
Cdr. Peter Mingo, Chief, Training Division, U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center
Sgt. Eddie Schulze, Chief Flight Instructor, NYPD Aviation Unit 

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Search and Rescue: The Go/No Go Decision
Panel Discussion/Webinar

No other decision in aviation is as gut-wrenching as the decision to scrub a mission when lives clearly hang in the balance. In this webinar, we bring together a panel of distinguished Search and Rescue professionals and past recipients of the Rotor & Wing Helicopter Heroism Award to discuss the systems and information resources their organizations rely upon and the human factors and input that are factored into their Go/No Go decision.

The “Go/No Go Decision” Session has always been one of the highlights of the conference surrounding the Helicopter Heroism Award each year and this year we are opening up the discussion to participants who may not be able to attend the Search and Rescue Summit in person.

Registrants of the SAR Summit also will receive complimentary access to the Aviation Today webinar following the Summit: “Search and Rescue: The Go/No Go Decision.” Speakers include:

Moderator: John Persinos, Publisher and Editorial Director, Aviation Today

Capt. Michael Chan, Controller, Government Flying Service, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the organization that won the 2006 Rotor & Wing Helicopter Heroism Award
Cdr. Jim O'Keefe, Chief, Aviation Platforms Division, Coast Guard Headquarters
Lt. Col. Steven Colby, U.S. Air Force (retired), former commander, 34th Weapons School and Rotor & Wing  
Capt. Ardis Tang, Senior Pilot, Government Flying Service, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the organization that won the 2006 Rotor & Wing Helicopter Heroism Award

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