Helicopter Association International (HAI) on Thursday joined a coalition of more than 30 aviation-related associations in delivering a letter to the federal government, advising the administration and Congress to end the partial government shutdown that is negatively affecting general aviation operations.
The letter, sent to President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), provides a comprehensive list of ways in which the shutdown is harming helicopter operations and aviation in general. A copy of the letter can be read here.
"HAI's members work with the branches of the federal government every day," says Matt Zuccaro, HAI president and CEO. "Some are trying to certify their aircraft, and others are working to maintain or achieve licenses. Because the majority of helicopter operations are conducted for the greater good of society — such as firefighting, air ambulance flights, and airborne law enforcement — these delays are creating adverse, unintended consequences.
"Most HAI members are small-business operators," continues Zuccaro. "These delays in re-opening the government threaten their economic viability and prevent them from supporting their families and their communities."
This support for our members is another example of how HAI seeks to keep its members' rotors turning.
HAI is the professional trade association for the civil helicopter industry. HAI's over 2,500 members safely operate more than 4,500 helicopters approximately 2.3 million flight hours each year in 73 nations. HAI is dedicated to the promotion of the helicopter as a safe, effective method of commerce and to the advancement of the international helicopter community.