8-Feb-2012 Source: HAI
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will deliver the keynote address during the HAI annual general membership meeting, Sunday, February 12, 2012, at HELI-EXPOÂ®Â in Dallas, HAI President Matt Zuccaro has confirmed.
â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to hearing Chairman Hersmanâ€™s thoughts on how we can continue to improve helicopter safety,â€ said Zuccaro. â€œWhile weâ€™re proud of the work HAI and the industry have already done to make flying safer, there will always be more work to do until we reach zero accidents.â€
Even though the NTSB has no regulatory authority over aviation operations, its single-minded focus on safety gives it a unique perspective that can help the helicopter industry determine where to focus its safety efforts.
General aviation safety and pilot professionalism are two of the items on the NTSBâ€™s ten most wanted list. And at a two-day forum held in December 2011, the entire board made clear it considers oversight of public aircraft missions a crucial safety issue. As a result of that forum, HAI will sponsor the first meeting of an Industry Public Aircraft Working Group at HELI-EXPO.
The annual general membership meeting will be held Sunday, February 12, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. Central Time in Ballroom C of the Dallas Convention Center, immediately after the annual Membersâ€™ Breakfast.