Supporting the Aviation Community

Advocating safety

Mike Becker regularly speaks at national and international aviation industry events, particularly on matters of helicopter safety. He speaks annually at the HAI Rotor Safety Challenge, part of Heli-Expo (USA), the largest helicopter event in the world.

Since 1995 Mike Becker’s pilot academy has skilled over 800 pilots. Mike’s strong focus on safety and safety awareness in all aspects of the academy’s operations as he pursues his goal of training the next generation of helicopter pilots is quietly benefiting the global helicopter community, through his delivery of competent and safety-aware graduate pilots returning to fly safely in and around their home countries.

Sharing knowledge

Mike Becker has written and published over 12 Helicopter Flight Training Manuals and 20 training DVD’s with flying sequences included.  The Mike Becker Helicopter Handbook has been selling worldwide for over 25 years.

The Night Vision Goggles for Helicopters Pilots book, released in 2013, was a world first book on the use of NVGs in the civil environment, written by an active civil flying NVG Instructor.

He speaks regularly at varied events on specific training techniques, examples include:

  • China Helicopter Symposium – Tianjin 2013 – Establishing a Flight Training School
  • Military Flight Training Conference – London 2014  – Military Training in the Civil Environment
  • Malaysian Search and Rescue 2013 – NVG training – uses for Search and rescue
  • HAI Rotor Safety Challenge 2014 –  Full Touchdown Auto-rotations.

Helping to shape our Regulatory frameworks

Mike Becker has been regularly engaged by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on industry-specific regulatory issues.  Examples include:

  • contributions to the technical writing of the new fully re-written CASA Helicopter Competency Based training syllabus.
  • involvement in the CASA New Regulations Part 61 Advisory Board, which involved weekly conference calls with 8-10 pilots from all over Australia from a wide range of backgrounds including EMS, Training, etc.
  • Member of the Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council Rotary Wing Qualifications Review Steering Committee whose role was to transition the current units of competency and qualifications to the Standards for Training Packages.