The US Helicopter Safety Team’s (USHST) “56 Seconds to Live” unintended flight into instrument meteorological conditions (UIMC) awareness and prevention course is now live and available to pilots. According to USHST, the one-hour scenario-based training course is designed to teach pilots how to recognize situations that can lead to UIMC and stop a flight before an accident occurs via sound aeronautical decision-making (ADM).
Included in the course are a simulated-accident video and four alternate scenarios demonstrating examples of ADM that would have prevented the accident; related video messages from members of the USHST steering committee and other respected industry leaders; guidance, tips, tactics, and recommended practices; and web links to dozens of course-related materials.
Interested pilots can access the program through the USHST’s training course introduction page. Pilots can also access the course through the Helicopter Association International (HAI) online academy. Users without an HAI online academy account will need to register to track their progress and obtain a completion certificate and FAA Wings credit.