Air Medical Transport Conference to focus on helicopter safety

October 1, 2009

logo for AMTCOn Oct. 26 more than 2,000 air medical transport professionals from across the globe will gather in San Jose, Calif., for this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC). During the three-day conference, topics will include opportunities for improving medical helicopter safety and a look at regulatory issues affecting helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS).

The conference provides aviation and safety sessions addressing issues such as night vision goggles, single-pilot IFR, and human factors in helicopter EMS. Also, the National EMS Pilots Association is sponsoring an ATP helicopter written test prep course presented by Airline Ground Schools. It is an intensive one-day course that will assist the professional aviator in reviewing and updating the information required to pass the exam. 

Another conference highlight will be a keynote session by Dr. Mark Rosekind, former director of the NASA Fatigue Countermeasures Program, who has gained international recognition for translating complex sleep and circadian (body clock) science into practical, effective strategies that enhance performance, safety, and health. Over the course of his career, Rosekind's research, publications, presentations, and programs have involved diverse groups and settings, including all modes of transportation, healthcare, public safety, manufacturing, energy, military, elite athletes, and special operations groups.