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
In addition to the weekly wrap-up provided below, the HAI government affairs team is pleased to announce the rollout of an exclusive members-only webpage, Congressional Corner. Here, HAI members will have access to in-depth policy coverage, legislative resources, and detailed updates on advocacy efforts.
So much taking place in Washington has the potential to change the helicopter industry. Through regularly occurring e-newsletter updates to subscribers, HAI members can stay informed on relevant Washington activities not making headlines and behind-the-scenes efforts on issues that are making the news. The webpage is in the early phase of development; formatting edits and additional content will be added in the coming weeks.
Lawmakers are wrapping up the October district work period and preparing to return to Washington for six consecutive weeks in session. When they return after the Columbus Day holiday, we can expect a great deal of focus to remain on the activity related to the impeachment inquiry, President Trump’s recent announcement of a plan to withdraw American troops from Syria, and passage of a new U.S-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.
Much work remains on the passage of federal funding legislation before the current continuing resolution expires on November 21. Before House and Senate negotiators can reconcile the differences between their measures and produce final bills, they’ll need to agree on a set of topline spending allocations for all 12 appropriations bills that fund federal agencies, departments, and programs.
Chris Martino, Vice President, Operations
This week, Chris continued to plan the annual HAI Firefighting Safety Conference that will be held in Boise, Idaho, on November 19 and 20. The annual event draws operators from across the aerial firefighting sector as well as representatives from companies that support it. As with previous years’ events, representatives from both the US Department of Interior (DoI) and the US Forest Service (USFS) will attend.
This year’s safety conference will include presentations from both government agencies as well as other engaging presenters. Visit rotor.org/firefightingconf for more information on attending or sponsoring this event.
Last week, Chris attended a forum titled ”Is Autonomous Air Taxi Hype for Real?” that was organized by the Royal Aeronautical Society. Held on November 3 at the Boeing facility in Arlington, Virginia, the event featured four panelists representing companies that are leading the development of the urban air mobility concept.
The FAA was also represented on the panel and provided keen insight on the regulatory requirements believed to be necessary to bring the concept to reality. HAI members continue to express increased interest in unmanned aircraft systems, and many are working to add this capability to their operations.
Matt Callan, Director, Regulations and International Affairs
Matt is in Montreal this week, participating in an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Flight Operations Panel. So far this week, the Helicopter Sub-Group (HSG) completed job cards and delivered material to the Flight Operations Panel (FLTOPSP) for dangerous goods carried on helicopters and the Helicopter Code of Performance Development Manual. These will now be delivered to the Air Navigation Council (ANC) for consideration, prior to being published in a State Letter.
Also, the FLTOPSP determined that the working paper (WP) dealing with night-vision goggles and obstacle lighting should be returned to the ICAO Visual Aids Working Group for their use. The WP dealing with helicopters in general aviation will be further evaluated at the next FLTOPSP in 2020.