HAI at Work Wednesday

Paul Smith HAI at Work

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

This week, lawmakers return to Washington for a busy June legislative session. House leadership plans to bring FY2020 appropriation bills to the floor next week, with the goal of completing all spending bills by the end of the month. While the House is moving forward with its appropriations plans, the Senate’s timeframe remains unclear.

The aviation industry has already secured an important victory in the House’s appropriations work. The FAA’s funding is covered in the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) appropriation bill. The projected T-HUD bill includes funding for the Workforce Development and Pilot Education Fund. The program, which was created in last year’s FAA reauthorization bill, would be fully funded in the House bill. HAI and its allies continue to work with the Senate for a matching provision in their version.

Additionally, the T-HUD bill increases funding for the FAA’s office of Aviation Safety by 20% to $1.6 billion.

Chris Martino, Vice President, Operations

On June 3, Chris Martino attended the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC) Steering Committee meeting in Baltimore. The UASSC mission is to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe integration of UAS, or drones, into the US National Airspace System.

HAI president and CEO Matt Zuccaro was recently named as industry co-chair of the UASSC Steering Committee and will work closely with the government co-chair, Jay Merkle from the FAA’s UAS Integration Office. Over the next year, the UASSC will be working on a revised version of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Visit the ANSI website for more information on the UASSC.

Today, June 5, Harold Summers, director of flight operations and technical services, and Chris Martino attended the RTCA Global Aviation Symposium in Crystal City, VA. The annual event brings together thought leaders from across the aviation industry for a focused look at current and future issues impacting our aviation community.

On June 6, Chris will attend the Federal Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) meeting being held in Crystal City, VA. Matt Zuccaro is also a member of this federal advisory group that will be addressing a number of emerging issues related to the unmanned aircraft industry.

Matt Callan, Director, Regulations and International Affairs

Last week, Matt Callan drafted HAI comments regarding a Petition for Exemption, Summary of Petition Received, Uber Elevate, Inc. HAI’s comments will be posted on www.regulations.gov.

Matt also drafted HAI’s response to the FAA’s Request for Information letter specific to HAI’s petition for exemption from FAA Part 135.225(b)(2), docket No. FAA-2017-0752.

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