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

Services & Courses

FITS Facilitator Training

The FAA Industry Training Standards Facilitator Course is a six to eight hour course that trains Flight & Ground Instructors to understand the FITS SBT Methodology, its three core concepts and elements within each respectively. This course educates instructors to both understand and apply the FITS SBT Facilitator skills in teaching pilots to learn both flying and thinking skill sets. It is a modern flight training methods skills course and is FAA "Wings" program accepted for 2 credits.

Safety Management System Education & Installment

In September of 2012, the FAA mandated that all Part 121 Operators install a Safety Management Sytem. The FAA warned that this modern safety principle will soon be mandated for Part 135 Air Taxi Operators & Part 141 Approved Flight Schools.

I have written an accepted SMS for flight schools and small helicopter operators. I provide Company wide training for staff members, a Company SMS manual with page & revision control, operational risk management analysis & control forms and a risk assessment matrix.

On going support is included in my services along with annual audits.

The Clarification & Enhancement of Aeronautical Knowledge for Helicopter Pilots Course (C&E) is a full day course covering:


  • Aviation Operators Structure
  • Expected Industry Practices
  • Perceptions & Mentalities
  • Comfort & False Confidences
  • Missing & Incomplete Training
  • Recurrent Training
  • Training Enhancement Discussion
  • Extended Cross Country Flight Considerations
  • ADM & Risk Management Mentality
  • Pop Up Mission/Scenario Planning & SRM


This course is FAA "Wings" program accepted for 3 credits.

The Helicopter Turbine Engine Ground Course is a 6 to 8 hour course which teaches the principles of operation, components and systems of the Rolls Royce RR250/300 Series gas turbine engines. These are the most popular turbine engines in the modern light helicopter fleet.

Additional Services

Other services provided by Mike are:

  • Support for flight schools developing new curriculums
  • Revenue generation from onsite Seminars
  • Pilot mentoring & recommendations
  • CFI mentoring & recommendations
  • Chief Pilot & CFI pre-hire evaluations
  • FAASTeam Wings programs
  • On site Safety Culture Development