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

Recently, the US Congress’s General Aviation Caucus hosted a reception in conjunction with industry stakeholders, and Cade represented HAI at the event. Other organizations attending the reception included the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

During the recent HAI Board of Directors meeting at HAI headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, Cade briefed board members on a legislative initiative to exempt the helicopter firefighting industry from federal excise tax. HAI Director Doug Barclay of Kachina Aviation, who is also the board liaison to the HAI Aerial Firefighting and Natural Resources Committee, expressed his support for the initiative.

Because no good deed goes unpunished, Doug (in photo) was “voluntold” to head up to Capitol Hill after the conclusion of the board meetings to discuss the initiative with relevant congressional offices. Doug provided significant perspective and insights to congressional staffers to move our advocacy efforts forward, providing yet another example of the power of sharing our real-world experience in the helicopter industry with our elected representatives.

Matt Callan, Director, Regulations and International Affairs

Last week, Matt assisted Ed DiCampli, HAI COO, in drafting a Letter of Intent to a Chinese helicopter operator and entrepreneur who wishes to establish a helicopter association in Asia.

Matt also reviewed a draft version of ICAO’s Helicopter Code of Performance Development Manual in preparation for a Flight Operations Panel meeting planned for October 2019.

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