HAI Working Groups

Evaluating current problems and issues that affect the international helicopter community.

Part of HAI’s mission is to address the problems and issues that affect its members—a vital function of any association. Much of this effort is conducted through HAI’s working groups. 

Staffed and led by HAI members, the working groups meet several times a year to contribute their industry expertise toward topics such as safety or training. Others address issues in specific industry sectors, such as aerial firefighting or helicopter tours. The Board of Directors, at its discretion, may initiate the formation of additional working groups to address specific industry topics. 

Working group proposals and activities are reviewed by the HAI Board of Directors, which then directs further action by the working groups and HAI staff. The wide range of topics covered by HAI’s 12 working groups can be seen below.

  • ➤ Aerial Firefighting and Natural Resources Working Group

    The Aerial Firefighting and Natural Resources Working Group maintains a communication link between commercial helicopter contractors and the public agencies that use helicopters. The working group informs the HAI Board of Directors of action by government contracting agencies affecting the helicopter industry; and communicates the position of HAI operators regarding government contracting to government agencies.

    HAI Members can logon to this web site and view working group related documents at the bottom of the member list.

    Terms of Reference

    HAI Working Group Guidelines and Procedures Manual

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  • ➤ Air Medical Services Working Group

    The Air Medical Working Group is dedicated to enhancing safety within the medical transport industry by focusing on standardization and training

    Terms of Reference

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    HAI Working Gorup Guidelines and Procedures Manual

  • ➤ Flight Operations Working Group

    The Flight Operations Working Group includes individuals with extensive operational expertise, aviation managers, avionics manufacturers, and individuals with background in managing and conducting flight testing activities. The working group actively participates in initiatives to improve VFR/IFR regulations, flight procedures, helicopter routes, charting, and the Aeronautical Information Manual. The working group has worked to develop a joint government and industry "teaming" process. This allows increased helicopter industry involvement in the prioritization, planning and execution of flight testing activities.

    HAI Members can logon to this web site and view working group related documents at the bottom of the member list.

    Terms of Reference

    HAI Working Group Guidelines and Procedures Manual

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  • ➤ Fly Neighborly / Environmental Working Group

    The Fly Neighborly / Environmental Working Group strives to increase pilot participation in, and public awareness of, HAI's voluntary noise abatement program for helicopter operators. The working group coordinates Fly Neighborly activities with regional associations and other HAI working groups. The working group developed the Fly Neighborly Guide, "Fly Neighborly" video, and the Fly Neighborly Training Kit.

    HAI Members can logon to this web site and view working group related documents at the bottom of the member list.

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    Terms of Reference

    HAI Working Group Guidelines and Procedures Manual

    HELI-EXPO Fly Neighborly Session Brings Some Surprises

  • ➤ Government Service Working Group

    The Government Service Working Group promotes the use of helicopters within the realm of public service including for example: law enforcement, natural resources, and public utilities at the local, state, national and international level; acts as a gathering and disseminating point for information needed in the establishment and promotion of helicopter operations and specialized equipment; and provides a vital communication link between HAI and other organizations, such as the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Interagency working group for Aviation Policy. The working group's effectiveness and success lie in the interaction and direction received from its constituency, and in blending other HAI working groups' goals with this working group's goals.

    HAI Members can logon to this web site and view working group related documents at the bottom of the member list.

    Terms of Reference

    HAI Working Group Guidelines and Procedures Manual

     

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  • ➤ Helicopter Tour Operators Working Group

    The Helicopter Tour Operators Working Group's top priorities are: 1) supporting multiple-user access to National Parks; 2) educating the public on the environmentally-friendly quality of air tours and the vital assistance they provide to disabled persons; 3) advancing air tour safety; and 4) promoting "Fly Neighborly" practices. The working Grgup also works closely with HAI Staff to address regulatory and legislative changes affecting the tour industry.

    HAI Members can logon to this web site and view working group related documents at the bottom of the member list.

    Terms of Reference

    HAI Working Group Guidelines and Procedures Manual

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  • ➤ Restricted and Experimental Category Aircraft Working Group

    The HAI Restricted and Experimental Category Aircraft Working Group is established to facilitate the safe integration and support of restricted and experimental category aircraft into the National Air Space (NAS). The working group works to identify and evaluate safety, operational and support issues, and to assist in the development of policies and best practices to enhance the safety and efficiency of restricted and experimental category aircraft operations.

    HAI Members can logon to this web site and view working group related documents at the bottom of the member list.

    Terms of Reference

    HAI Working Group Guidelines and Procedures Manual

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  • ➤ Safety Working Group

    The primary objective of the Safety Working Group is to improve hazard and risk identification, assessment and mitigation, with the result of eliminating accidents and fatalities in the helicopter industry. The working group seeks to advise and educate the helicopter industry on safety issues.

    HAI Members can logon to this web site and view working group related documents at the bottom of the member list.

    Terms of Reference

    HAI Working Group Guidelines and Procedures Manual

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  • ➤ Technical and Maintenance Working Group

    The Technical and Maintenance Working Group actively supports technical areas of the helicopter industry. The working group facilitates dealings with government agencies and serves as the Technical Task Force for reviewing relevant regulations and responding to proposed changes. The working group sponsors the Manufacturers' Technical Briefings at HELI-EXPO® and continues to encourage use of the Maintenance Malfunction Information Report (MMIR).

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    Terms of Reference

    HAI Working Group Guidelines and Procedures Manual

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  • ➤ Training Working Group

    The Training Working Groups goal is to enhance safety and quality in training. The working group makes recommendations on existing and proposed rules, regulations, policies, and initiatives that affect the helicopter training industry. In addition, the working group monitors technology advancements as they apply to flight training and the helicopter community.

    HAI Members can logon to this web site and view working group related documents at the bottom of the member list.

    Terms of Reference

    HAI Working Group Guidelines and Procedures Manual

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  • ➤ Unmanned Aircraft Systems Working Group

    HAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Working Group is established to develop programs, policies and guidance to facilitate the safe integration of helicopters and unmanned aircraft into the National Air Space (NAS). Working closely with government agencies, the committee aims to develop best practices to enhance the safety and efficiency of manned and unmanned operations alike. The UAS Working Group also assists HAI operators, manufacturers and maintainers in their efforts to integrate unmanned systems into their operations, and to promote a pro-active foundation of cooperative communication between all sectors of manned and unmanned aviation in shared airspace. 

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  • ➤ Utilities, Patrol, and Construction Working Group

    The Utilities, Patrol, and Construction Working Group promotes the safe use of helicopters in all applications within the utility industry, including patrol, inspection, and construction. One of the main goals of the working group is to develop and promote safe standards and guidelines for helicopter operations in the utility environment.

    HAI Members can logon to this web site and view working group related documents at the bottom of the member list.

    UAS Working Group's Recommended Industry Resources

    UPAC Safety Guide for Helicopter Operators

    Terms of Reference

    HAI Working Group Guidelines and Procedures Manual

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Application for HAI Working Groups

Please fill out the following form to be considered for membership in ONE of the HAI working groups.