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

Congress is back in town on September 9, and they will have roughly three weeks of work before federal funding runs out at the end of September, which would force a government shutdown. On Tuesday, September 3, Senate Appropriations subcommittees set the first markups of their spending bills for next week.

Despite the upcoming markups, Congress is unlikely to meet the September 30 deadline and will require a continuing resolution while FY 2020 is finalized. Senate leaders are optimistic that the continuing resolution will be successful and there will not be a shutdown.

Taking advantage of the forthcoming stopgap spending bill, the White House recently sent Congress a 21-page wish list for provisions it would like included in the spending bill, including authority to build a border wall outside Rio Grande Valley and a one-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program.

Matt Callan, Director, Regulations and International Affairs

Last week, Matt completed drafting HAI comments related to FAA petitions for exemption from two UAS operators. HAI’s comments, approved by HAI President and CEO Matt Zuccaro, are posted here for Amazon, and here for LeadingEdge Associates.

On August 27, Matt coordinated and attended a teleconference with Heliport Design Working Group advisor representatives from Australia and Germany in support of drafting Chapter 4 of the new International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Onshore Heliport Design and Support Manual.

Anuja Miner, Director, Membership

If you did not renew your HAI membership by September 1, your membership has been cancelled. However, if you would still like to renew, please call the Membership Department at 703-683-4646 so that there is no disruption in your member benefits.

Registration to attend HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim, California, will open on September 10. To receive the member rate when you register for the show, as well as any HAI Professional Education courses, your HAI membership dues must be fully paid. One advantage this year is that if you sign up for an education course, you will receive one complimentary day pass to the exhibit hall. Don’t miss out: renew now!

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