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Anne Paya

Mar. 12, 2021

Staff from HAI’s Government Affairs and Marketing Communications Departments share what they’re working on this week to serve the rotorcraft industry, including celebrating International Women’s Day, monitoring COVID relief packages, and more.

Jaasmin Foote, HAI Social Media Manager 
HAI’s followers show us time and time again that they appreciate reading success stories from their peers. In honor of International Women’s Day on Mar. 8, we gave Anne Paya, a UH-60 Black Hawk captain at Coulson Aviation, a shout-out to celebrate her contributions to the aviation industry. Anne is also a member of Whirly-Girls, the international association for female helicopter pilots—more specifically, she’s Whirly-Girl No. 1730.

We recognized Anne for her perseverance and willingness to help others. Anne says becoming a pilot wasn’t easy: she faced many setbacks and made countless sacrifices, as many pilots do when starting out. But she never gave up, and she believes she has an obligation to inspire other women pursuing their aviation dreams.

Anne is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of aviation professionals. She feels a responsibility to speak up about safety and teamwork as well as the importance of keeping a positive attitude. She believes professionals should never stop being curious and learning, and that they should always strive to serve others. Our followers must agree: Our International Women’s Day shout-out to Anne received more than 47,000 impressions and 2,600 engagements!

If you have stories you’d like to share on behalf of your peers, email them to HAI Social Media Manager Jaasmin Foote at jaasmin.foote@rotor.org for a chance to be featured on our social media platforms!

Cade Clark, HAI Vice President of Government Affairs, John Shea, HAI Director of Government Affairs, and Emma Taylor, HAI Policy Analyst
US Congress Passes Another Major COVID-19 Relief Bill
HAI welcomes the passage of H.R. 1319, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. On Wednesday, Mar. 10, the House of Representatives voted 220–211 on the $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package, which includes several key provisions that provide targeted relief to the aviation industry. The measure includes a new, $3 billion payroll support program for aviation manufacturers and provides $8 billion for airports, including $100 million specifically for nonprimary general aviation and commercial service airports. The legislation also includes another $15 billion extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP3) for air carriers as well as a $7.25 billion expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Support programs such as PSP and PPP are essential to rebuilding the vertical lift industry following the COVID-19 pandemic.

HAI fought for continued targeted relief to the aviation industry and will continue to work with Congress and the executive branch to ensure key programs and reforms are implemented in a timely and effective manner.

HAI has supplied various resources regarding this third iteration of the relief package, including a summary of key provisions included in the bill. The Government Affairs team will continue to share important information regarding the relief package with our members as it becomes available. 

View HAI’s full press release welcoming the passage of H.R. 1319.

View HAI’s detailed summary of key provisions in The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Additional information about the bill, key programs, and implementation will be posted in HAI’s Legislative Action Center on the HAI Advocacy web page. Members will receive time-sensitive information such as application openings and deadlines in real time via email notification. Our biweekly e-newsletter, Washington Update, will continue to provide a roundup of all relevant information related to federal COVID-19 relief efforts and other congressional and regulatory activity.

Important Updates Regarding the Payroll Support Program Extension 
The COVID-19 relief package includes another $15 billion extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP3) for air carriers and features important changes to the program’s award calculation that were made under the previous extension. The original PSP was established in last year’s CARES Act to help cover employee wages and benefits.

Of the total $15 billion, $14 billion is delegated to passenger air carriers, and the remaining $1 billion is delegated to contractors. Entities that apply for and receive such payroll grants must agree to refrain from reducing the pay of, laying off, or furloughing employees through Sep. 30, 2021.

Many HAI members that have already received PSP funds could receive another grant, plus an additional payment of 15% of that amount, depending on how they are able to apply. The PSP extension will continue to provide targeted relief for air carriers, including Part 135 operators, through Sep. 30, 2021. HAI will keep members informed as the Treasury Department releases guidance and other important documents regarding PSP3.  

HAI Sends Joint Coalition Letter to New York City Council
HAI sent a joint coalition letter to the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development expressing views on several bills regarding urban helicopter operations. The letter serves as a supplement to the oral testimony provided to the committee by representatives from the Eastern Region Helicopter Council. The coalition expressed its appreciation for the council’s investment in New York City heliport infrastructure since 1965 and highlighted the helicopter industry’s value to the economic future of the city. The letter urges the committee to withdraw bills no. 2026 and no. 2067, which impose restrictions on helicopter operations at the city’s heliports and would be devastating to New York City’s economy overall, as well as the economic viability of the heliports and the helicopter industry. The coalition fully supports bill no. 2027, which would study the use of electric aircraft by the city.

HAI Government Affairs Celebrates Women of Aviation Worldwide Week
This week, Mar. 8–14, 2021, is Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week (WOAW). WOAW is a global aviation awareness week for girls of all ages. Its observation marks the anniversary of the world’s first pilot license, granted on Mar. 8, 1910. HAI Government Affairs would like to extend its appreciation to all women who work in the aviation field, especially those who are members of HAI.

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