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 of Government Affairs, and John Shea, Director of Government Affairs
This week, Cade Clark and John Shea are attending the American Association of Airport Executives’ (AAAE) Aviation Issues Conference. The conference brings together top-level officials from government and all segments of the aviation industry for in-depth discussions of key issues and to chart the course for the Washington agenda in the year ahead. On Tuesday, Cade sat on the conference panel “Aviation Policy and Safety: Priorities for Washington and Industry” (see photo).
Cade discussed positive reforms in the FAA reauthorization bill that will enhance safety for the rotorcraft industry, including focusing on the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System, as well as crash-resistant fuel systems.
Cade covered workforce development issues, explaining the critical role mechanics/engineers play in the safety equation of aviation operations and the importance of teaching new students modern safety management systems (SMS) in their early stages of training. When asked about HAI’s other priorities, Cade emphasized the growing importance of policies that support urban air mobility and other eVTOL operations.
On Thursday, Cade and John will participate in a planning meeting to establish the framework for an official task force charged with addressing aviation safety and noise concerns in the state of Hawaii. This is a follow-up to the Oct. 28 Hawaii Air Tour Informational Forum hosted by HAI. The group will also discuss the resources necessary to host public meetings, produce a third-party report, and make recommendations concerning the helicopter tour industry.
Anuja Miner, HAI Director of Membership
Attention nonmember readers: there’s still time to become an HAI member and receive a discount to attend HAI HELI-EXPO 2020! Submit your membership application before Jan. 22 to get your discount.
In further Expo news, we have mailed badges to all attendees who registered before the Dec. 6 early-registration deadline. If you registered before that date, you should have already received your badge in the mail. If you haven’t received it or if you forget to pack your badge, stop by Attendee Registration in Hall E of the Anaheim Convention Center and the HAI staff will print one for you on-site.
Attendee Registration is open on Jan. 27–28, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm; Jan. 29, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; and Jan. 30, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
If you have time, please stop by the HAI Membership Booth in Attendee Registration and say hi to the Membership Department team. See you in Anaheim!