A weekly update illustrating some of the ways that Helicopter Association International (HAI) is “Keeping the Rotors Turning” for our members.
Chris Martino, Vice President, Operations
The Operations Department is working to find a way to remove the night-vision goggle (NVG) restriction that is in place on some STCs for operations that fly single pilot where that pilot may be the sole person onboard with NVGs. This restriction states that a pilot shall not use NVGs below 300 ft when landing to an unimproved area when the pilot on the controls is the sole user of NVGs.
HAI believes this restriction puts the pilot at additional risk when he or she is mandated to transition from a night-aided profile to an unaided flight profile at a critical moment during the landing phase. The Operations Department is working closely with the FAA and NVG service providers to develop a solution for the industry.
Matt Callan, Director, Regulations and International Affairs
Last week, Matt, who also serves as staff liaison to the Fly Neighborly / Environmental (FN/E) Committee, attended the committee’s monthly teleconference and assisted the group in coordinating efforts for the production of a new Fly Neighborly video. This video will promote the importance of using NASA-developed and -tested techniques and flight procedures designed to ensure helicopters operate as quietly as possible, minimizing the disruption of daily life for the general population.
The FN/E Committee is also crafting a set of Fly Neighborly program talking points that can be published periodically in Rotor Daily and also used at HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in January, where the committee will host a booth. The committee is also preparing one-hour Fly Neighborly seminars, to be held each day at Expo, that will provide training opportunities for operators to learn more about flying neighborly techniques.
Matt also began work on Chapter 4 of ICAO’s upcoming Onshore Heliport Manual, as a member of the Heliport Design Working Group.
Anuja Miner, Director, Membership
Although the HAI membership year ended on June 30 and your membership may have lapsed, you still have time to pay. If that includes you, please renew NOW to avoid any interruptions in your HAI member benefits. If you have already paid and received an Invoice in the mail, please disregard that final notice.
Anuja also reminds members that the cancellation deadline is September 1, 2019. If you have not paid your dues by then, you will have to rejoin and pay the full dues amount for the fiscal year.
Also, Lottery 2 is still open. Your 2019–20 membership dues must be paid in full by this Friday, August 9, to lock in your booth space at the member rate.
Cade Clark, Vice President of Government Affairs
This week, Cade and John Shea, director of government affairs, attended the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit. NCSL is a bipartisan organization providing states with support, ideas, connections, and a voice on Capitol Hill. The NCSL Legislative Summit is a great opportunity to network with state legislators, identify new and emerging legislative themes in the states, and advocate for the helicopter industry on the state level.
The portfolio of the NCSL Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee includes aviation policy. On Wednesday, at the committee’s business meeting, members considered, reviewed, and voted on new policy resolutions. This year, the committee voted to amend its aviation policy by adding the Airport Infrastructure Funding Directive. This directive supports increasing the cap on the passenger facility charge.
The committee also renewed its policy, adopted last year, to support state sovereignty in air ambulance regulation. This policy urges Congress to amend the Airline Deregulation Act to provide states the authority to enforce insurance regulations on air ambulance providers. The committee also reviewed its longstanding aviation policy, which had been amended last year to include unmanned aircraft systems.
Speaking of state work, now is the time to meet with your elected officials while they are home. Lawmakers have left Washington, D.C., for the August recess. The House and the Senate will reconvene for legislative business on September 9.
If you plan to reach out and connect with your elected officials and you need help identifying them, please reach out to Cade () or John () for assistance.