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 NTSB Helicopter Accident Investigation - AS103

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NTSB Training Center 


NTSB Helicopter Accident Investigation


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

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Dates and Tuition

June 24-28, 2019

$2,100 early registration, by May 24, 2019
$2,200 late registration, between May 25, 2018 and June 19, 2019

We are no longer accepting offline applications.

Note: payment must be made at time of registration.



8:00 am - 4:30 pm (Day 1 to Day 4)
8:00 am – 2:00 pm (Day 5)


NTSB Training Center • 45065 Bles Park Drive • Ashburn, Virginia 20147


OPEN. Applications are now being accepted.

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  • NTSB Legal Authorities, mission, and structure
  • NTSB "party" process
  • Operational and mechanical aspects of helicopter performance
  • Fracture recognition
  • Weather
  • Air Traffic Control for Helicopters
  • Survival factors
  • 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
  • Helicopter manufacturer product familiarization and case studies
  • Helicopter wreckage examination and investigation exercise

Performance Results

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

  • Understand the mission, authority, and structure of the NTSB
  • Discuss NTSB investigative processes and procedures
  • Understand basic helicopter structure and aerodynamics
  • Define the major aspects of helicopter 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)


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

More Information

Email or call (571) 223-3939