HAI at Work Wednesday

Paul Smith HAI at Work

A weekly update illustrating some of the ways that Helicopter Association International (HAI) is “keeping the rotors turning” for our members.

Cade Clark, Vice President, Government Affairs

On Tuesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Security held a hearing on Drone Security: Enhancing Innovation and Mitigating Supply Chain Risks. The subcommittee discussed whether Congress should expand counterdrone and testing authorities and restrict sales from Chinese drone manufacturer DJI Technology Inc.

Angela Stubblefield, deputy associate administrator of the FAA Office of Security and Hazardous Materials, cautioned lawmakers against granting local law enforcement the authority to take down suspicious drones without first weighing the consequences of using existing counterdrone technologies in populated areas.

During the hearing, some witnesses described DJI drones as posing risks to national security. After the hearing, DJI defended its products, saying the researchers provided “false” information to the Senate and reiterating that DJI’s customers have full control over their data.

On Tuesday, Cade Clark (second from left in the photo above) participated in a general session panel at NATA’s Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference. HAI has also been engaged with congressional offices over last week, educating staffers on our opposition to caps on flight-training benefits for US veterans.

Chris Martino, Vice President, Operations

Last week, Chris Martino and Matt Zuccaro, HAI president and CEO, attended the third annual Uber Elevate Summit, held in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the summit was to bring together industry leaders to discuss the vision of urban air taxi operations. The two-day event featured several speakers from across the broad scope of urban air mobility stakeholders.

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