HAI at Work Wednesday
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
Last week, Chris attended the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) third-quarter plenary meeting in Greensboro, N.C. The UAST is the most recently established government/industry safety team tasked with bringing together data from various sources to identify and analyze root causes of safety issues and to guide the development of interventions to mitigate safety problems within the UAS community.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation graciously hosted the meeting, which was attended by approximately 80 members. HAI has been a voting member of the UAST since its launch in 2016.
Harold Summers, Director, Flight Operations & Technical Services
HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 might be months away, but Harold has been busy coordinating with the FAA and the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) the reapproval and opening of the ACC heliport. Operational only during the fly-in and fly-out, the heliport is close to the TFR placed around Disneyland and requires substantial planning by HAI staff.
Harold is also revising the Flight Operations Guidelines / Pilot Safety Handbook, which provides instructions and information for companies and pilots bringing aircraft into the heliport.
Harold also worked with the FAA on behalf of an HAI operator/member to coordinate amendments to its human external cargo exemption.