Registration deadline nears for FAA Rotorcraft Safety Conference

Avatar for Vertical MagBy Vertical Mag | October 15, 2020

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There are only a few days left to register for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) 2020 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, which will be held virtually from Oct. 27-29.

Dave and Amanda Repsher - FAA Rotorcraft Safety Conference speakers
Dave and Amanda Repsher will share an incredible account of survival at this year’s FAA Rotorcraft Safety Conference. Photo courtesy of Dave and Amanda Repsher

There is no charge to attend the conference, which is targeted to the entire helicopter industry, with additional programming geared specifically toward pilots and mechanics. However, attendees must register on the event website,, by Oct. 19.

Originally planned as an in-person event, the conference was transitioned to a virtual format due to concerns over Covid-19. Organizers expect to hold their next face-to-face conference in October 2021.

In the meantime, they anticipate that the online format will enable the largest audience in the conference’s history.

The first day of the event will feature presentations of interest to a wide audience, including a session with helicopter crash survivor Dave Repsher; his wife, Amanda; and Karen Mahany, the widow of pilot Patrick Mahany, who died in the crash that left Dave Repsher with burns over 90 percent of his body. In the years since, they have become powerful advocates for crash-resistant fuel systems and other helicopter crash safety measures.

Along with Survivors Network co-founder Krista Haugen, Vertical editorial director Elan Head will interview the Repshers and Mahany in a pre-recorded part of the session, to be followed by a live question-and-answer period.

Other conference topics include a review of the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service and Flight Standards Service priorities; an update from the Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention; presentations by well-known helicopter industry figures Nick Mayhew, Jason Quisling, Bruce Webb and Randy Rowles; and maintenance seminars by Schweizer, Bell, Airbus and Robinson.

Many of these sessions provide credit toward the FAA’s WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program and Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards Program. The full agenda can be found on the event website.

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