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, Cade traveled to Salt Lake City to participate in the June planning meeting of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program. The program committee announced the successful application of a Talent Ready Grant application that will go toward providing needed resources for local high schools teaching helicopter maintenance.
The committee also began work on an upcoming state grant to help fund both rotor pilot and technician training. The focus of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program is to establish innovative educational programs that will increase the number of helicopter pilots and mechanics.
Last week, HAI joined in a expressing support for the Know Before You Fly campaign that educates the public about safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
As a part of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Congress authorized $1 million dollars to Know Before You Fly and its public information efforts to enhance UAS safety. The letter asked the Appropriations Committee to appropriate these funds to Know Before You Fly so this important and necessary educational outreach can continue.
Chris Martino, Vice President, Operations
On June 11 and 12, Chris and Matt Zuccaro, president and CEO of HAI, attended Uber Elevate. This symposium in Washington, DC, promotes the urban air mobility industry and facilititates discussion of the technology and regulatory issues surrounding it.
In the photo at right, Matt is shown talking with Elan Head, special projects editor for Vertical magazine.
Anuja Miner, Director, Membership
Anuja and Membership Coordinator Shaquanta McFadden want to remind HAI members that we are in the midst of the annual membership renewal period. Invoices were mailed this week, but members can also contact the Membership Department (703-683-4646 or ) for help paying their dues by phone or by email.
Anuja also reminds HAI member representatives to update their organization and employee records during the annual renewal period.
Shaquanta and Anuja are also reaching out to membership billing contacts to ensure they are aware that they have the ability to log into their company membership record through HAI’s website () and renew their membership online. Membership billing contacts are the only ones at a company who have the ability to log into the website, enter their credentials, and pay online.
Finally, Shaquanta and Anuja remind members who are planning to exhibit at HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 that the Lottery 1 deadline is this Friday, June 14. To receive the member rate, membership dues must be paid in full before applying for space.
Greg Brown, Manager, Education
Last week, Greg was one of several HAI employees attending the NBAA Regional Event at White Plains, NY. Director of Membership Anuja Miner and director of conventions Charlotte Zilke joined Greg in the HAI booth to field any questions as it relates to HAI membership, HAI HELI-EXPO, and HAI’s educational opportunities.
Greg also joined HAI board members Stacy Sheard and Marc Stanley at Fort Bragg, NC, as a part of the HAI road show that presents information on helicopter careers to military aviators.
Stacy and Mark briefed interested military members who are ready to transition or who are thinking about transitioning to the civilian workforce. Representatives from ERA Helicopters, Metro Aviation, Air Evac Lifeteam, and Southern Utah University were also available to answer any attendees’ questions.