NTSB Training Center.


Rotorcraft Accident Investigation


This course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of the procedures and methods used and the skills required with all aspects of rotorcraft accident investigation. Examples from recent investigations will be used to demonstrate particular aspects of the investigative process.

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Dates, Tuition
and Fee

August 27-31, 2012
$2,100 early registration, by August 10, 2012
$2,150 late registration, between August 11, 2012 and 12:00 pm (noon) ET on August 26, 2012.
$50 processing fee will be added to tuitions for all offline applications.  A tuition invoice can be ordered for a $15 processing fee. 

Note:  payment must be made at time of registration.


8:00 am - 4:30 pm.


NTSB Training Center • 45065 Riverside Parkway • Ashburn, Virginia 20147


OPEN.  Applications are now being accepted

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August 27-31, 2012                                                                         




  • NTSB Legal Authorities
  • Operational and mechanical aspects of rotorcraft performance
  • Rotorcraft engines
  • Fracture recognition
  • Weather
  • Air Traffic Control for Rotorcraft
  • NTSB "party" process
  • Survival factors
  • Case studies may include midair collisions, in-flight fires, in-flight breakups and weather-related accidents
  • TWA flight 800 tutorial, examination of the reconstruction of the aircraft wreckage, and a discussion on how the NTSB undertakes major accident investigations
  • Media Relations
  • On Site Safety Issues
  • Structures
  • Operational Factors

Performance Results

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Define the  major aspects of rotorcraft investigations at an accident scene  
  • Distinguish the difference between structural failures that may have caused the accident and structural damage that occurred as a result of the accident
  • Confidently interact with the media at the accident site and during the on-going investigation

Who May Attend

  • Investigators from the NTSB and other accident investigation authorities/commissions worldwide
  • Potential participants in an NTSB investigation: Investigative and safety personnel employed by airframe, engine or component manufacturers, airlines, civilian and military agencies, and related labor unions
  • Members of the academic community attending for research purposes (on a space-available basis)


Area hotels and restaurants


  • Washington Dulles International (IAD): 10 miles
  • Washington Ronald Reagan National (DCA): 30 miles
  • Baltimore/Washington International (BWI): 60 miles

More Information

Email TrainingCenter@ntsb.gov or call (571) 223-3900

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