Annie Paya with her UH-60 Black Hawk.
Apr. 9, 2021
Staff from various HAI departments share how they’re serving members this week, including honoring female aviation pros, liaising with the US Congress, and supporting FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committees.
Jaasmin Foote, HAI Social Media Manager
Female aviation professionals rocked Women’s History Month in March! The three women we featured in HAI social media posts, Olivia Wilkins, a mathematician at Lockheed Martin; Annie Paya, a UH-60 Black Hawk captain at Coulson Aviation; and Fiona Hall, director of Mega Aero Training Academy, a member of the Safomar Group, shared with us how they got their starts in the rotorcraft industry, obstacles they overcame, and why they love what they do.
Our readers showed us just how much they appreciated these stories, which received over 33,800 impressions and more than 3,100 engagements! You go, girls, and keep up the great work!
If you know an aviation professional who deserves to be recognized for his or her work, great attitude, or other admirable qualities, submit a photo and brief description to for a chance for your nominee to get a shout-out on our social media channels!
Cade Clark, HAI Vice President of Government Affairs, John Shea, HAI Director of Government Affairs, and Emma Taylor, HAI Policy Analyst
Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives Perpetual SWI Grant
The Utah State Legislature recently approved a Strategic Workforce Investment (SWI) grant to Southern Utah State University to support the growth of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program (URPP), a government– industry–education partnership preparing Utah students for high-growth occupations while helping meet regional industry workforce needs. The annual $320,000 grant will enable faculty to teach ground instruction at Utah high schools and offer maintenance instruction in a hybrid, online–in person environment. Cade Clark, HAI VP of government affairs and URPP secretary, expressed his appreciation to the state legislature and the governor’s office for their efforts. Clark hopes the program will serve as a national model for education and training programs preparing students for STEM careers.
A first-in-the-nation initiative, the URPP brings together industry, universities, and high schools to provide both helicopter pilot and maintenance training at the secondary school level. Moreover, industry partners offer high school students added benefits such as mentoring, internships, and interviewing opportunities upon their completion of college.
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US Congress to Return from 2-Week Recess
Congress will return Apr. 12 from its two-week recess, which began on Mar. 27. During this period, senators and representatives spent time meeting with constituents in their respective states and districts. While Congress was out of session, HAI continued to meet with congressional staff on upcoming legislative issues.
Those US-based HAI members who were unable to meet with their elected officials during the recess period but are still interested in doing so can contact us at for assistance.
Chris Hill, HAI Director of Safety
Pilot Rest and Duty Rules ARC
Chris Hill continues his duties in support of the (ARC). While the ARC has remained active despite pandemic restrictions through recurring virtual meetings, the majority of members welcomed an opportunity to resume on-site work this week in Columbus, Ohio. As delineated in the ARC’s charter, the group will review and develop findings and recommendations regarding pilot rest and duty rules under 14 CFR Part 135 as requested by Congress in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.
56 Seconds to Live Companion Course
After coordinating the yearlong efforts of dozens of members of the HAI staff, HAI working groups, OEMs, service providers, and creative team members, Chris and his fellow US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) members are completing the final steps required to deliver the 56 Seconds to Live training course, which is focused on preventing accidents caused by continued VFR flight into IMC.
The companion course to the video will be delivered later this month and will be free to everyone. The USHST and HAI will make a formal announcement when the course goes live.