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.

HAI COO Ed DiCampli addresses the General Aviation Town Hall in Tarkio, Missouri.Cade Clark, Vice President, Government Affairs

Last week, Cade and HAI COO Ed DiCampli attended the Tarkio General Aviation Town Hall hosted by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and the WingNuts Flying Circus.

At the Town Hall, DiCampli spoke about the helicopter industry, important rotor safety initiatives, and workforce issues. He also participated in a panel moderated by Rep. Graves that included FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Rep. Sharice Davids (R-Kan.), Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.), and the CEOs of the other leading general aviation associations.

Rep. Graves landing his T-6 after performing in the air show.“I appreciate all the aviation leaders, policymakers, and dedicated folks in the general aviation community who came out for the General Aviation Town Hall in Tarkio. Our Town Hall is a great opportunity for us all to talk about the issues that we care about deeply,” says Rep. Graves.

“We had a good dialogue about a number of issues, including the pilot shortage and the need to encourage young people to pursue aviation careers, the ADS-B equipage mandate, small and rural airport infrastructure, and the need to increase Airport Improvement Program funding,” he says. “Great interest and participation in the Town Hall always makes it a successful event, and I believe we were able to send leaders back to Washington with our input, concerns, and ideas about how to ensure the growth of general aviation in America.”

In other government affairs news, the Utah Rotor Pathway Program held its monthly meeting via conference call last week to plan rotor events at the grand opening of the Aviator High School in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Additionally, the group began planning the process they will use to apply for funding from the Strategic Workforce Initiative, a Utah program that provides resources for establishing education pathway partnerships for high-growth occupations.

Matt Callan, Director, Regulations and International Affairs

Last week, Matt attended the FAA’s Flight Service National Airspace Efficient Streamlined Services (FSNESS) bimonthly status update via teleconference. The group received updates on various projects that directly affect general aviation, including:

  • The mandated use of ICAO formatting for the international flight plan, to be used for all civil domestic flights within the United States and Canada
  • NOTAM coordination that will transfer verbal notification from FAA Flight Service to Flight Data Units (FDU)
  • The publishing of phone numbers for participating Approach Controls covering nontowered airports
  • The decommissioning of Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service (HIWAS).

Matt also attended the monthly teleconference of HAI’s Fly Neighborly / Environmental Committee, as well as the FAA’s monthly teleconference for its Performance-Based Navigation Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PARC).

Anuja Miner, Director of Membership

The HAI membership year ended on June 30. Anuja and Shaquanta McFadden, membership coordinator, are mailing final invoices this week to those whose memberships have lapsed. If that includes you, please renew NOW to avoid any interruptions in your HAI member benefits.

Chris Hill, Director of Safety

Chris and Zac Noble, HAI's deputy director of flight operations and technical services, attended a regional safety stand-down hosted by Helicopter Safety Alliance at the Manassas Airport on Friday, July 12. The audience included about 25 local operators, pilots, and mechanics. Members of the FAASTeam attended, and Bruce Webb of Airbus gave the keynote presentation.

Chris was asked at the last minute to give a brief demonstration of HARP, the Helicopter Aviation Reporting Tool to the audience of about 25 local operators, pilots, and mechanics.

HARP is a free aviation safety reporting portal developed to enable helicopter pilots to easily report accidents, drone issues, near midair collisions, laser events, wildlife strikes, or other aviation hazards. HARP can be accessed at rotor.org/harp.



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