With Our Deepest Respects

HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 Interview with Aviation International News

Matt Zuccaro played a significant role in the rotorcraft industy, making it better, stronger and safer. Please share your memories of your experiences with Matt, or messages to his family here.  For more information on Matt’s life and career, please see this article from the Winter 2020 issue of ROTOR.


Your Thoughts and Prayers

  • Mitch Horton , Seattle
    Matt was one of those guys I just liked from the first time I had the privilege to meet him. He was a straight shooter and would call it like he saw it and would not stand for any excuses. His honest opinions, tuff and straight talk, along with his relentless support of the helicopter industry will be deeply missed. Matt Zuccaro, to you, a life well lived, with your unwavering quest to continue to improve helicopter safety, and for giving so much of your life to serve others, and to make the voices of reason heard. God Speed! - Mitch Horton , Seattle
  • Helicopter Industry Association , Russia
    The global helicopter industry lost one of its most significant leaders. The Russian Helicopter Industry Association starting from its first steps was supported by HAI and personally by Matt Zuccaro. The HAI leader and members of his team have been guests of HeliRussia. HELI-EXPO, in turn, hosted our representatives and supported the "Russian hour" conference. As a very special and important line of cooperation between our associations became the interaction with the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). In 2010, Matt Zuccaro became an honorary member of our association and was awarded with the medal "For Contribution to International Cooperation in the Helicopter Industry." The Helicopter Industry Association (Russia) expresses condolences to Matt Zuccaro's family, friends and colleagues. His name is forever inscribed in world helicopter history, and the memory about Matt Zuccaro will be in our hearts forever! - Helicopter Industry Association , Russia
  • Air Vice Marshal K. Sridharan, New Delhi , India
    I and Members of the Rotary Wing Society of India are deeply shocked to hear of the passing away of Mr. Mathew Zuccaro, the immediate past president and CEO of HAI. Our prayers are there with his family and friends to give them strength to bear the loss. We at RWSI had known Mr. Mathew Zuccaro since he became President HAI in 2005.Matt had been a very respected professional known to the entire worlds helicopter community. He was such a wonderful person to work with in strengthening the cooperation between RWSI, an affiliate member of HAI in promoting Safety of helicopter operations. As President IHST, he worked with regional teams to develop complimentary products for use worldwide, address unique regional needs locally, and implement a plan to share these products worldwide. Social Media strategies were also developed to reach more individuals and operators across the world. We at IHST (India) will remember him for his great contribution to bringing down the world civil Helicopter accident rate down to single digit. In his keynote address at IHST Regional Conference organized by RWSI (IHST-India) held on 7 Sep18 at New Delhi, India, he said, “HAI's desires are what we want for the Helicopter industry and for our members around the world is safety as priority”. His visits to India in June 2006 and September 2018 to participate in the IHST Regional Conference will be remembered for long time. We at RWSI will surely miss a close friend and supporter. May his soul rest in peace. - Air Vice Marshal K. Sridharan, New Delhi , India
  • Colin Kilmaster, Perth Western Australia
    Sincere condolences to the Zuccaro family. A great guy who leaves behind an incredible legacy - Colin Kilmaster, Perth Western Australia