HAI Accreditation Program of Safety

A Premier Member Benefit

Leading the Way in Safety

It’s all about improving safety. Since 1948, Helicopter Association International (HAI) has brought together industry leaders within the helicopter community to help develop, support, and promote industry best practices through concentrated safety program participation. Over the past 50 years, this effort, along with enhanced operator training programs, better equipment, and internal quality assurance and auditing programs has led to an overall safer helicopter industry; as depicted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Accident/Incident statistics.

50 Years of NTSB Reportable Helicopter Accident/Incident Data

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HAI-APS Overview
A Member-Only Benefit

HAI-APS is based on two sets of performance standards: the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), and the HAI-APS Helicopter Mission Specific Standards (HMSS). HAI developed these standards to address safety in specific missions flown by helicopter operators. To learn more about the International Business Aviation Council, the sponsoring organization of IS-BAO, click here.

Both standards easily scale to operations large and small and are performance based, allowing you maximum flexibility in determining how you reach the performance goals. HAI will mentor you through the process, suggesting next steps and helping to clarify the process.

HAI recognizes that protocols and practices designed for fixed-wing aviation are not always applicable to helicopter operations. In addition, the safety requirements and best practices of helicopter operators can vary from sector to sector. So we created the HMSS to provide helicopter operators with safety standards that specifically address their operational environments.

APS Standards Board

Accreditation Program of Safety

President & CEO
Jame A. Viola


Nick Sabatini

Nick Sabatini & Associates, LLC

Instructor Pilot
Ed Newton

Examiner at Finmeccanica


Accreditation Program of Safety

HAI Directory of Safety
Chris Hill

703-683-4646 EXT:8451

HAI Directory of Flight Ops & Technical Services and APS Subject Matter Expert
Harold Summers

703-683-4646 Ext: 8455

HAI Operations Coordinator
Ashten A. Brown

703-683-4646 Ext: 8463