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In person - AS103 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.

ID Code: AS103

​​Dates, Times and Location

October 17-21, 2022

8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Tentative) Course Agenda will be sent a week prior to start date

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

Tuition and Registration

  • $​​2,290 early registration, by September 17, 2022
  • $2,390 late registration, between September 18 and October 10, 2022​​

​​​Please review the NTSB Visitor Requirements prior to your visit to the NTSB Training Center. It is your responsibility to read and fully comply with these requirements. Failure to comply will result in you being denied access to the Training Center. Refunds will not be granted to those who do not comply with these requirements. No exceptions!

If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 Requirements, please email Roland Thompson roland.thompson@ntsb.gov​​


  • We are no longer accepting offline registrations.
  • Payment must be made at time of registration.

​​Status: ​OPEN. Applications are now being ​accepted

​​In person courses are limited to the first 50 registrants.


  • 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 ​
  • 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) 

More Information

Contact us at Studentservices@ntsb.gov