What's New

2013 Updates 

09/28/2013 The FITS SBT Facilitator training of 34 Leading Edge Aviation CFI's was successful to include both CFI-RH, CFI-A, CFI-ME & the third DPE in the US. Also trained was the LEA Dir. of Admissions, LEA Curriculum Developer and a CFI/instructor from Central Oregon Community College.

2014 Updates

04/09-16/2014 Visited Upper Limit Aviations' -2 Utah facilities and trained 46 CFI-RH, 3 CFI-A staff, 1 SUU adjunct professor and one marketing director as FITS SBT Facilitators as ULA has chosen to modernize their flight training curriculums.

Fall/2014 HAI's Rotor magazine featured the value of HelicopterSBT in the Real-World SMS article beginning on page 42.

2015 Updates

January/2015 The January issue of Rotor and Wing magazine featured the value of HelicopterSBT to small operators in implementing a SMS and maintaining a growing and evolving Safety Culture.

April 21/2015 FITS SBT Facilitator Course at Leading Edge Aviation in Bend, Oregon for new CFIs.

April 22/2015 Upgrade & Development of existing Leading Edge FITS SBT curriculums and Facilitator workshops.

April 23-27/2015 Onsite at Colorado Heli-Ops for 141 Maintenance training, SMS & FRAMT review and Facilitator staff interactions.

August 11, 2015. Training at the Robinson Helicopter Co. factory all Robinson Instructors and production test pilots to be qualified FITS SBT Facilitators. Also attending the Facilitator course are FAA and USHST members.

August 12 & 13, 2015 At the Robinson Factory to attend a USHST JHSIT twg. face to face semi-annual workshop.

2016 Updates

Planning for the HAI Safety Symposium at Heli Expo on Feb. 29th. On the planning committee for the USHST presentation, "Safety as the Bottom Line". 8AM to 10AM

Mar. 01, 2016 Co-presenting at Heli Expo for the HAI Training Committe, CFI Mentoring, 8AM-11AM.

May 28 & 29, 2016 Worked with a UAS operator creating a General Operations Manual and training programs for PICs and VOs.

May 30, 2016 Trained a FITS SBT Fcilitator for employment requirements.

August 08-14, 2016 On site at Colorado Heli-Ops.

August 10&11, 2016 USHST JHSIT training work group semi annual Face to Face meeting sponsored at Colorado Heli-Ops, Broomfield, Colorado.

August 12, 2016 FITS SBT Facilitator course offered at Colorado Heli-Ops.

August 13, 2016 Clarification and Enhancement of Aeronautical Knowledge for Helicopter Pilots (C&E) Course offered at Colorado Heli-Ops

About Mike

Mike has been a helicopter pilot/aviator since 1967. His daily efforts include reducing aviation accidents through Pilot & CFI mentoring, training modernization and the development of Safety Cultures and Safety Management Systems. 


  • 1967 -Learned to fly helicopters as a US Army Infantry Officer to become a Rotory Wing Aviator.
  • 1968/69 -Served as Pilot & Flight Operations Officer in 9th Infantry Div, RVN
  • 1969/70 -Primary Helicopter IP, Ft. Wolters, Texas
  • 1969 -FAA Commercial Rotorcraft Helicopter
  • 1970 -Commercial Airplane, Single & Multi Engine Land, IFR & CFI
  • 1971 -Advanced Ground Instructor
  • 1980 -Chief Pilot Dade Helicopters, FAR 135 & 133 operations
  • 1981 -CFI Rotorcraft Helicopter
  • 1981 -Pilot, CFI Miami Helicopters, FAR 135 & 133 ops+ Gov. contract pilot
  • 1982 -First Robinson R22 factory trained CFI in Florida
  • 1983 -Corporate Helicopter pilot through 2009
  • 1995 -Developed Part 135/119 Flight operations for London Helicopters, Naples, Florida to include development of GOM & Training manuals, served as Dir. of Ops., Chief Pilot & Company IP B206, B206L, B407
  • 1983 to 2009 -Mentoring & evaluating helicopter pilots & CFIs
  • 2009 -CFI Sport Airplane Certificate
  • 2010 -FAASTeam Representative, Helicopter & LSA
  • 2010 -Teaching Helicopter "C&E" Education and Safety Seminars
  • 2010 -Initiative to modernize training to FITS SBT Methodology
  • 2010 -FAASTeam Helicopter accident reduction efforts
  • 2010 -Unveiled ADM Safety Umbrella Concept in Las Vegas at Heli Success
  • 2010 -received Rotor & Wing Magazine's Editors Choice Award in the Training Category
  • 2011 -Instructed at HAI, FIRC, Orlando, Fl.
  • 2011 -trained 37 FITS SBT Facilitators
  • 2011 -joined SAFE Mentoring Program as a Helicopter Mentor
  • 2011 -contributed ADM Safety Umbrella concept to SAFE Resources Library
  • 2012 -appointed to IHST/USHST, JHSIT training work group
  • 2012 -joined the Professional Helicopter Pilot Association (PHPA)
  • 2012 -trained 25 FITS SBT Facilitators (total of 62 in U.S.)
  • 2012 -FAASTeam accident reduction efforts 
  • 2013 -Joined the USHST SMS & Safety Committee
  • 2013 -FAASTeam accident reduction efforts
  • 2013 -July, "Wings" co-presenter at the Colorado Airspace Safety Council
  • 2013 -July, "Wings" co-presenter at Air Methods Corporation
  • 2013 -July, trained 7 FITS SBT Facilitators 
  • 2013 -August, USHST accident reduction efforts at Flight Safety
  • 2013 -September, trained 37 FITS SBT Facilitators 
  • 2013 -November, trained 4 FITS SBT Facilitators (total of 110 in U.S.)
  • 2013 -November, "Wings" co-presenter at 6th annual Heli Success
  • 2014 -January, C&E course in Naples for RH-CFIIs
  • 2014 -February, trained 17 FITS SBT Facilitators in Oregon (total of 127 in U.S.)
  • 2014 -February, established a Train the Trainers course to expand the FITS SBT Methodology progression in training of Airplane & Helicopter pilots. One DPE and 5 CFIs are now moving the Methodology forward.
  • 2014 -April, trained 51 FITS SBT Facilitators in Utah (total of 178 in U.S.)
  • 2014 -June, trained 5 FITS SBT Facilitators in Colorado (total of 183 in U.S.)
  • 2014 -July, developed the Flight Risk Assessment/Mitigation Tool concept (FRAMT)
  • 2015 -April, trained 37 FITS SBT Facilitators in Oregon (total of 220 in U.S.)
  • 2015 -April, accomplished recurrent and upgrade FITS Facilitator training of 36 F/Is in Oregon.
  • 2015 -August, trained 10 Facilitators at the Robinson Helicopter Company. These included one Regulator from CAA NZ, two FAA ASIs (one of which was the original head of FAA FITS), one FAA DPE, one EASA Examiner, one Insurance underwriter and four other industry professional. This was not my normal CFI audience. (total of 230 trained Facilitators now)
  • 2015 -August, trained 7 new FITS SBT Facilitators at Colorado Heli-Ops and two for re-current training. (total of 237 trained Facilitators to date)

Please see Mike's Page for text on the mission statement and reason for his efforts in aviation and accident reduction.