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 &
John Shea, Director, Government Affairs
Lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday after more than a month of recess. With only twelve legislative days to meet the September 30 deadline for fiscal 2020 appropriations, Congress is now planning for a continuing resolution (CR). House and Senate Democratic leaders want Congress to pass a stopgap funding bill to November 21. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has expressed confidence that both chambers can pass a CR and avoid a funding lapse, but it is unclear whether there is agreement on how long the stopgap measure should last.
The legislative agenda for the remainder of 2019 will hinge upon how Congress deals with FY20 appropriations legislation. Both chambers are expected to vote on the CR next week. The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up five of the twelve appropriations bills this week. However, lawmakers could derail that timeline if they break with their good-faith agreement of banning controversial policy riders. Congress has a few other must-pass items this fall including, National Defense Authorization, healthcare extenders, and multiple district court judge and executive branch nominations.
Surface transportation funding, Coast Guard authorization, and self-driving vehicle legislation lead the list of transportation priorities as Congress returns this week. Congressional hearings on the Boeing 737 MAX, TSA oversight, and FAA Reauthorization Act implementation have been scheduled for this month as well.
Chris Martino, Vice President, Operations
This week, Chris worked closely with the FAA on the development of a plan to continue the Rotorcraft Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program. The program, performed through a federal grant for the past five years, paved the way for a future ASIAS capability specific to the helicopter community. HAI’s current efforts with the FAA are designed to keep the initiative going beyond the grant’s recent expiration.
Matt Callan, Director, Regulations and International Affairs
Last week, Matt worked closely with other HAI departments on analysis of member-only content that is coming soon to rotor.org. These efforts are a continuation of the initiative to enhance the services and benefits provided to our members.
Matt also reformatted Regulatory-Safety Working Group (RSWG) issue papers in preparation for HAI President/CEO approval and an upcoming RSWG 3.0 meeting.
As HAI Staff Liaison, Matt participated in the monthly Fly Neighborly/Environmental Committee teleconference, where an extensive list of items was discussed and resolved in preparation for HELI-EXPO 2020 in January of next year.
This week, Matt is in Montreal, attending an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Instrument Flight Procedures Panel working group meeting.
Chris Hill, Director, Safety
This week Chris is participating in a workshop on the defining challenges of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at the US Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Vertical Flight Society dedicated this three-day meeting hosted to identifying the foundational elements needed to support this growing industry, particularly infrastructure, air traffic management, and system safety. Importantly, this workshop will review the activities of key organizations and look for gaps and overlaps in development to ensure a successful realization of urban air mobility (UAM).
Chris also recently participated in the first meeting of the Part 135 Pilot Rest & Duty Rules Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). The primary duty of the ARC is to review and develop findings and recommendations regarding pilot rest and duty rules under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 135.