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.

Ed DiCampli, COO

Ed spent the part of the past week attending APSCON in Omaha, Nebraska. He was accompanied by two other HAI staffers: Chris Martino (left), vp of Operations, and Caylie Cook (middle), sales manager. HAI had an exhibit on the show floor, and staff also took the opportunity to connect with the airborne public safety community.

Cade Clark, Vice President, Government Affairs

Last week, the House General Aviation Caucus co-chairs, Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.-6) and Marc Veasey (D-Tex.-33), hosted a panel briefing on general aviation for members of the House and their staffs. Cade represented HAI at the event and provided an overview of the helicopter industry and its pressing issues, including safety, UAS integration, and workforce development, to an audience of more than 50 people.

Reps. Sam Graves and Marc Veasey look on as HAI VP of Government Affairs Cade Clark addresses the GA Caucus House briefing. (Photo by John Harrington, courtesy NBAA.)In addition to Cade, the panel consisted of Ed Bolen, president and CEO of NBAA; Mark Baker, president and CEO of AOPA; Gary Dempsey, president of NATA; Paul Feldman, vice president of government affairs for GAMA; and Doug Macnair, vice president of government relations, EAA.

In exciting news for the Utah Rotor Pathway Program, the Utah Department of Workforce Services recently announced $1 million in grants to better meet the state’s skilled workforce needs. Talent Ready Utah grants are designed to strengthen collaboration between industry, education, and economic development leaders to create talent pipelines for high-demand, high-wage occupations.

Utah Rotor Pathway Program member Southern Utah University was awarded a grant of $103,000 to implement the Utah Aviation Maintenance Technician Pathway (UAMTP), which will offer hands-on aviation electronics training and innovative online training for aviation maintenance technicians.

Click here to read the full news release from Talent Ready Utah.

Chris Martino, Vice President, Operations

The HAI Operations staff recently submitted the final report to the FAA for the 2014–19 Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Grant Program. The program was designed to study and facilitate the use of helicopter flight-data monitoring (HFDM) programs within the rotorcraft industry. The results of the study were very positive, clearly indicating that the development a rotorcraft-centric HFDM capability would promote future data analyses that could inform industry decisions and enhance future safety programs.

Matt Callan, Director of Regulations and International Affairs

Last week, Matt completed drafting two new articles for Rotor DAILY’s International Tuesday series, which highlights HAI members operating in countries around the world. He also coordinated and conducted a phone conference with FAA representatives regarding the single-pilot use of night-vision goggles below 300 feet and FAA regulations or restrictions covering that operational environment.

Chris Hill, Director of Safety

On July 23 and 24, Chris will attend an FAA-hosted Safety Risk Management Panel (SRMP). The purpose of the panel is to identify safety hazards, assess risk, and propose mitigations associated with the proposal to discontinue the use of the Telephone Information Briefing Service (TIBS) and the Transcribed Weather Broadcast (TWEB) throughout Alaska.

Anuja Miner, Director of Membership

Even though the HAI membership year ended on June 30, you still have time to pay your annual dues and avoid any interruptions in your HAI member benefits. If that includes you, please renew NOW. Remember, the deadline for Lottery 2 is about two weeks away, on August 9. Your membership dues must be paid in full before then to receive member rates on your Application for Space.

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