Maui photo: iStock/wingmar
Dec. 2, 2020
Staff from HAI’s Government Affairs and Member Services Departments share what they’re doing to assist the vertical flight industry this week.
Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Task Force
The Hawaii Air Noise and Safety Task Force (HANSTF), composed of industry members and governmental representatives, is holding its second set of virtual public town hall meetings this week, on Dec. 1 and 3. The Dec. 1 meeting focused on Maui and Kauai, and the Dec. 3 meeting will look at Hilo and Kona.
The feedback HAI receives from these town halls will be crucial to understanding the concerns of the general public regarding safety and flying neighborly in Hawaii. During these meetings, attendees share their questions and statements, and HANSTF committee members inform and educate the public about general aviation industry operations and related rules and regulations. The task force also replies to comments from community members.
HANSTF was created to address issues related to noise and safety regarding rotorcraft and fixed-wing aerial tours in Hawaii. HAI is an executive committee member of HANSTF and is represented by Cade Clark, HAI vice president of government affairs, and John Shea, HAI director of government affairs. HAI spearheaded the task force—which is steadfastly committed to the community’s participation in handling difficult industry issues—to promote industry, government, and community cooperation.
Since its inception, HANSTF has stated its firm commitment to prioritizing community involvement, public outreach, and transparency.
FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee
Chris Martino, HAI’s senior director, operations and international affairs, this week worked with the FAA’s Flight Standards Transparency, Performance, Accountability, Efficiency Aviation Rulemaking Committee (FST PAcE ARC) to complete an interim report related to Sec. 221 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The report submitted to the ARC addressed a variety of performance objectives the agency is considering.
This week Chris is also meeting with HAI’s FAA partners to discuss continued support for the Rotorcraft Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (R-ASIAS) Program. HAI has been engaged with the FAA and several industry and academic partners to develop a rotorcraft-centric ASIAS program to provide safety benefits. The current program remains in a development/testing phase. However, the information gained from this stage will be used to develop a future ASIAS program for use by all vertical flight operators.
ICAO Helicopter Working Group
Lastly, this week Chris attended the winter meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Helicopter Working Group (HWG), which works under the Instrument Flight Procedures Panel. The HWG addresses issues related to international standards that apply to helicopter instrument flight procedures. As a member of the International Federation of Helicopter Associations, HAI has the opportunity to contribute to several ICAO panels and working groups.