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MentorLIVE is a monthly, live-streaming broadcast that airs the third Wednesday each month at 8:00 PM Eastern. These programs feature subject matter experts from many aspects of the flight instruction industry to help CFIs be more successful in their training endeavors. All presentations are WINGS-approved!

Upcoming broadcasts:

July 21th, 2021 at 8:00 PM Eastern: "56-Seconds to Live. Unintended Flight into IMC Safety Initiative" presented by Chris Hill, Director of Safety, Helicopter Association International (HAI), Bruce Webb, Director of Aviation Education, Airbus Helicopters, Scott Boughton, Owner, Palisade Aviation, LLC. Vice Chair, HAI Training Working Group and Nick Mayhew, Industry Co-Chair, US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST). This month's broadcast is generously sponsored by Gleim Aviation

Presentation Description

What would you do if you had only 56 seconds to live? Far too often, that is the final countdown for helicopter pilots who do not make sound aeronautical decisions during all phases of VFR flight. This course provides proven tactics to help both fixed wing and helicopter pilots avoid deteriorating weather as well as learn how to respond as viable options run out. Experience a simulated accident scenario, then wind back the clock to reveal how smart decisions made at the right time are the key to survival. 

(All presenters of this program contributed in authoring the "56-Seconds to Live" safety initiative.)

chris hill

Chris Hill, Director of Safety, HAI, and is the Project Manager and a Contributing Author

After an aviation career in the US Army and Coast Guard, Chris Hill oversaw aviation safety management systems throughout the USCG as aviation safety manager. He holds an ATP rating and has logged more than 5,000 flight hours, primarily in military and commercial helicopters. Chris joined HAI in 2018 as director of safety.

bruce webb

Bruce Webb, Director of Aviation Education, Airbus Helicopters, and a Contributing Author and Course Instructor

Bruce earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois while concurrently pursuing his FAA Rotorcraft Helicopter Pilot Certificates. He co-owned and operated an FAA approved part 135, 137, and 145 helicopter operation for over six years and medical helicopters for over four. 1999 joined Airbus (Eurocopter) as a pilot and promoted not long after to Chief Pilot. He stepped down in 2016 to begin this new challenge of promoting safety from a lectern…not a cockpit.

nick mayhew

Nick Mayhew, Industry Co-Chair, US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), and is a Contributing Author and Course Instructor

Nick is a veteran of both Gulf Wars, he served for 28 years in the Royal Navy mainly as a Sea King anti-submarine and SAR instructor pilot. Nick has experience as an EASA Flight Examiner, holds both EASA and FAA Commercial and Instructor rotorcraft qualifications and is HAI’s 2017 Instructor of the Year.

scott boughton

Scott Boughton, Owner, Palisade Aviation, LLC & Vice Chair, HAI Training Working Group, and is the Lead Author and Narrator

Scott, an outspoken advocate for improved safety through focused intentional training, is a veteran Part 135 instructor/check pilot. Currently an IFR pilot in command in the EC135, part-time production test pilot, and vice chair of the HAI Training Working Group, Scott holds rotorcraft ATP and CFII certificates.

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NAFI thanks Gleim Aviation for sponsoring this month's edition of MentorLIVE


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