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Nominations open for 2022 HAI Salute to Excellence Awards

Nominations open for 2022 HAI Salute to Excellence Awards

29-Jul-2021Source: HAI

Within vertical aviation, there are pilots, mechanics/engineers, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond to pursue professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. The HAI Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all forms of vertical aviation, including unmanned aircraft systems (UASs, or drones). New This Year HAI is... Read more

Registration Opens For HAI Connect Virtual Marketplace

Registration Opens For HAI Connect Virtual Marketplace

14-Jul-2021Source: HAI

Sep. 8–9 event to bring together leading vertical aviation manufacturers, suppliers to meet individually online with buyers; demo products and services. Attendee registration for the inaugural HAI Connect opens today, Jul. 12, 2021. The event, an all-new, affordable way to help buyers in the rotorcraft industry efficiently evaluate new products and services, takes place virtually Sep. 8–9.... Read more

HAI Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating Scholarship Winner Jordan Nieters

HAI Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating Scholarship Winner Jordan Nieters

14-Jul-2021Source: HAI

Growing up in Bozeman, Montana, Jordan Nieters had no aviation professionals in his family. His closest contact with helicopters was when he saw one hovering overhead one day. From that point on, whenever he saw a helicopter, he was so captivated that he dropped whatever he was doing just to watch it in action. Jordan... Read more

HAI launches two-day online networking event

HAI launches two-day online networking event

13-Jul-2021Source: HAI

HAI is pleased to announce HAI Connect, an all-new, affordable way to help buyers in the rotorcraft industry efficiently evaluate new products and services—online. At this virtual marketplace, which takes place Sep. 8–9, 2021, the vertical flight industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers will showcase and demonstrate their latest offerings and meet with potential buyers from around... Read more

HAI names new Special Advisor For UAS

HAI names new Special Advisor For UAS

7-Jul-2021Source: HAI

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Daniels as their special advisor for uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS). His one-year term began on Jul. 1, 2021. He replaces Dr. Scott Burgess of Embry-Riddle University. Daniels is the CEO of Praxis Aerospace Concepts International (PACI), a service-disabled veteran-owned... Read more

HAI Members Select New Board Members

HAI Members Select New Board Members

2-Jul-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that the organization’s recently elected board members started their three-year term of office on Jul. 1, 2021. HAI also bids farewell to the two board members they are replacing. Elected this year were Brian Jorgenson of Timberline Helicopters Inc., Sandpoint, Idaho; and Rick Kenin of Boston MedFlight,... Read more

HAI Supports NOTAM Improvement Act Of 2021

HAI Supports NOTAM Improvement Act Of 2021

25-Jun-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds the US House of Representatives for approving H.R. 1262, the Notice to Airmen Improvement Act of 2021. HAI supports this bill to enhance aviation safety by improving the accuracy of information included in FAA Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs). The legislation requires that the FAA establish a task force to recommend... Read more

HAI Applauds Introduction of RETAIN Act

HAI Applauds Introduction of RETAIN Act

24-Jun-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds Sen. Jim Inhofe (ROkla.) for introducing the Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary for GPS and Satellite Communications Act of 2021 (RETAIN Act). This legislation addresses the full extent of the cost impact of the Ligado Order, which may interfere with GPS and satellite communications systems. Helicopters conduct... Read more

HAI Launches Virtual Event To Bring Together Vertical Aviation Buyers, Sellers

HAI Launches Virtual Event To Bring Together Vertical Aviation Buyers, Sellers

22-Jun-2021Source: HAI

Leading manufacturers, suppliers to meet individually online with buyers; demo products and services at HAI Connect, Sep. 8–9, 2021. HAI is pleased to announce HAI Connect, an all-new, affordable way to help buyers in the rotorcraft industry efficiently evaluate new products and services—online. At this virtual marketplace, which takes place Sep. 8–9, 2021, the vertical... Read more

Nominations now open for 2022 HAI Salute to Excellence Awards

Nominations now open for 2022 HAI Salute to Excellence Awards

7-Jun-2021Source: HAI

Within vertical aviation, there are pilots, mechanics/engineers, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond to pursue professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. The HAI Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all forms of vertical aviation, including unmanned aircraft systems (UASs, or drones). New This Year HAI is... Read more

International Rotorcraft Community Launches Collaborative Safety Program

International Rotorcraft Community Launches Collaborative Safety Program

3-Jun-2021Source: HAI

International rotorcraft safety organizations, regional safety teams, and other global safety stakeholders are pleased to announce the establishment of the Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST). In cooperation and collaboration with the worldwide vertical flight community, VAST aims to achieve a vision of zero fatal accidents, providing “Safety Above All.” In pursuit of that vision, VAST... Read more

HA Interplanetary Salutes First Flight Of Mars Helicopter

HA Interplanetary Salutes First Flight Of Mars Helicopter

20-Apr-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association Interplanetary (HAI) is thrilled to acknowledge the first successful flight of the Mars Helicopter, the first powered, controlled flight of any aircraft on another planet. The tiny, four-pound rotorcraft, named Ingenuity, made a very brief flight on the red planet, approximately 178 million miles from Earth. In a flight lasting about 30 seconds,... Read more

HAI Statement on NTSB ‘Most Wanted List’

HAI Statement on NTSB ‘Most Wanted List’

9-Apr-2021Source: HAI

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) met April 6, 2021, to select the items for the agency’s 2021–2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. Two of the 10 items on the list would affect the rotorcraft industry: • From the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety, the recommendation is to “Require and Verify the Effectiveness... Read more

HAI hosts 1st virtual MTB event

HAI hosts 1st virtual MTB event

29-Mar-2021Source: HAI

HAI’s first annual Virtual Manufacturer Technical Briefings (MTBs) were a hit, with more than 1,000 registered participants from more than 55 countries attending the sessions Mar. 22–25, 2021. Normally held in person each year at HAI HELI-EXPO®, the MTBs came to attendees online this year due to the cancellation of the 2021 show. The steady... Read more

HAI Statement on March 23 NTSB Hearing

HAI Statement on March 23 NTSB Hearing

25-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) appreciates and supports the work of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for their March 23 hearing to ensure the safety of flights for paying passengers in all aircraft. “At HAI we believe that elevating the safety culture of our VTOL industry is a global imperative,” says James Viola, president and... Read more

HAI Members Select New Directors for Board

HAI Members Select New Directors for Board

23-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that the organization’s members elected two new members to the HAI Board of Directors on Monday, Mar. 22, 2021. Both new members will serve a three-year term beginning Jul. 1, 2021. Elected this year were Brian Jorgenson of Timberline Helicopters, Inc., Sandpoint, Idaho; and Rick Kenin of... Read more

HAI Welcomes Congressional Passage of The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

HAI Welcomes Congressional Passage of The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

17-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) welcomes the passage of H.R. 1319, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package includes several key provisions that provide targeted relief to the aviation industry. The relief package features a new, $3 billion payroll support program for aviation manufacturers that would help prevent involuntary furloughs... Read more

HAI and ERHC defend NYC heliports, support AAM

HAI and ERHC defend NYC heliports, support AAM

16-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) joined the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) and several national and international general aviation organizations on a letter to members of the New York City Council following a recent committee hearing where three bills with major implications for the city’s public use heliports and future advanced air mobility (AAM) opportunities were... Read more

HAI Names Salute to Excellence Pilot of the Year

HAI Names Salute to Excellence Pilot of the Year

15-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 pilot LCDR Robert McCabe is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Pilot of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or extraordinary professionalism over a period of time. This award is sponsored... Read more

Rick Kenin Nominated for HAI Board

Rick Kenin Nominated for HAI Board

15-Mar-2021Source: Rick Kenin

Rick Kenin, the COO of Boston MedFlight is honored to be nominated for the Helicopter Association International Board of Directors.  Kenin is recognized worldwide as a leader in helicopter operations and safety.  Under Kenin’s leadership, the Boston MedFlight team was recognized numerous times for outstanding service including the HAI Salute to Excellence Award for Helicopter... Read more

HAI names Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award

HAI names Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award

12-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Michael Hynes, a 65-year veteran of the aviation industry, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, sponsored by Bell, salutes excellence in management and leadership and is granted to an individual for long and significant service to the international helicopter community. An... Read more

HAI Joins the Fight Against Human Trafficking

HAI Joins the Fight Against Human Trafficking

11-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on an outreach campaign to combat human trafficking through the DHS Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI). Through this partnership, HAI will team with the DHS to educate the... Read more

Online voting begins for HAI Board of Directors

Online voting begins for HAI Board of Directors

11-Mar-2021Source: HAI

On Feb. 25, HAI announced the slate of candidates for this year’s election to the HAI Board of Directors. Of the six candidates, two will be chosen for the position of director to represent the commercial helicopter operator segment for a term of three years beginning Jul. 1, 2021. The six candidates are: Michelle Diamond, Chief Pilot, Sundance Helicopters, Las... Read more

University of Maryland Teams Honored for First Organ Transplant by Drone

University of Maryland Teams Honored for First Organ Transplant by Drone

10-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce the University of Maryland UAS Test Site Team, led by director Matt Scassero, and University of Maryland Medical Center’s Dr. Joseph Scalea are the 2021 recipients of the association’s Golden Hour Award. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group, or organization that, through a particular... Read more

HAI Names 2021 Recipient of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Award for Maintenance Excellence

HAI Names 2021 Recipient of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Award for Maintenance Excellence

10-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce life-long maintenance professional David Fox is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Maintenance Excellence Award. The award, sponsored by Rolls-Royce, recognizes an individual for long-standing excellence in rotorcraft maintenance, maintenance instruction or supervision, or a single significant contribution to rotorcraft maintenance. David has been around aircraft since... Read more

HAI names 2021 Recipients of Salute to Excellence Award for Humanitarian Service

HAI names 2021 Recipients of Salute to Excellence Award for Humanitarian Service

9-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce the California National Guard 40th Combat Aviation Brigade CH-47 and UH-60 Blackhawk Crews are the 2021 recipients of the association’s Humanitarian Service Award. The award, sponsored by Sikorsky, honors the person or persons who best demonstrate the value of helicopters to the communities in which they operate... Read more

HAI Names Recipient of 2021 Salute to Excellence Law Enforcement Award

HAI Names Recipient of 2021 Salute to Excellence Law Enforcement Award

8-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce John Cooper, the safety and training officer for the Columbus Division of Police in Columbus, Ohio, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Law Enforcement Award. The award, sponsored by MD Helicopters, recognizes an individual that has contributed to the promotion and advancement of helicopters in support... Read more

HAI supports Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act

HAI supports Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act

8-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International supports Senator Jerry Moran’s (RKans.) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-Ariz.) introduction of the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act. The legislation will coordinate efforts related to the physical and digital security, safety, infrastructure, and federal investment necessary for maturation of the advanced air mobility (AAM) ecosystem in the United States. “Senator... Read more

HAI names recipient of the 2021 Salute to Excellence Safety Award

HAI names recipient of the 2021 Salute to Excellence Safety Award

5-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce rotorcraft industry professional Neo Aik Sia, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Safety Award. The award, sponsored by BLR Aerospace, recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the promotion of helicopter safety and safety awareness. Neo Aik Sia joined the Junior Flying Club in 1972 in... Read more

HAI names Flight Instructor of the Year

HAI names Flight Instructor of the Year

3-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Nobuyuki Kosuge, assistant chief flight instructor at Helistream in Costa Mesa, California, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award, sponsored by Hill Air Corporation. The award superlative contributions by a helicopter flight instructor in upholding high standards of... Read more

HAI names winner of 2021 Salute to Excellence award for Communications

HAI names winner of 2021 Salute to Excellence award for Communications

2-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Jeanette Eaton, vice president of commercial strategy and business development for global commercial and military systems at Sikorsky, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Excellence in Communications Award. The award, sponsored by Lightspeed Aviation, recognizes an individual for creative distinction in disseminating information about the helicopter... Read more

HAI announces candidates for election to Board of Directors

HAI announces candidates for election to Board of Directors

1-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Two individuals will be chosen for the position of director to represent the commercial helicopter operator segment. HAI is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for this year’s election to the HAI Board of Directors. Of the six candidates, two will be chosen for the position of director to represent the commercial helicopter operator segment for a... Read more

HAI puts FIRC training online

HAI puts FIRC training online

19-Feb-2021Source: HAI

HAI’s Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) has traditionally been a big part of the education program at HAI HELI-EXPO. With the 2021 show having been canceled, this year we’re bringing FIRC training to you—virtually. This two-day, 16-hour, helicopter-specific online course will cover the latest updates in regulations and helicopter flight instruction techniques from leading industry professionals. This course... Read more

Robinson’s Cockpit Camera Now Available

Robinson’s Cockpit Camera Now Available

15-Feb-2021Source: Robinson

Robinson’s Cockpit Video Camera introduced at Heli Expo 2020 is now optional on R22/R44 helicopters and standard on R66 helicopters ordered after 15 January 2021. Securely mounted in the ceiling for minimal vibration and optimal field of view, the 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) video camera records video, intercom audio, radio communications, and... Read more

Helicopter Association International’s 360-Degree View on Helicopter Safety

Helicopter Association International’s 360-Degree View on Helicopter Safety

15-Feb-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) began over 70 years ago as a group to promote and advocate for the helicopter industry. While HAI maintains that role today, the association also makes significant and robust contributions to safety programs for the industry. HAI’s vision is an industry with zero accidents, and in pursuit of that goal, its... Read more

HAI statement on Kobe Bryant NTSB hearing

HAI statement on Kobe Bryant NTSB hearing

10-Feb-2021Source: HAI

The staff of Helicopter Association International (HAI) followed the findings and recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) related to the Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. HAI extends its deepest sympathies to those who lost a loved one in this accident and is committed to the goal of zero fatal accidents... Read more

SH09 flies after major retrofit

SH09 flies after major retrofit

8-Feb-2021Source: Kopter

The SH09 third prototype (P3) recently took off, at Mollis, Switzerland, following a major modification.  This was part of the planned product development roadmap, towards the final Type Certificate configuration, as presented by Kopter during the 2020 HAI exhibition. This modification programme was successfully implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the Kopter and Leonardo teams. It... Read more

HAI welcomes US Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg

HAI welcomes US Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg

3-Feb-2021Source: HAI

The U.S. Senate voted 86-13 to confirm Peter Buttigieg’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Transportation. Helicopter Association International (HAI) congratulates Secretary Buttigieg and looks forward to his leadership and guidance as he takes over this new role. “HAI believes that Peter Buttigieg’s experience in military intelligence, as a Rhodes Scholar, and as the... Read more

HAI caves in and cancels Heli-Expo 2021

HAI caves in and cancels Heli-Expo 2021

21-Jan-2021Source: HAI

In a move seen as inevitable by everyone else in the industry, HAI finally realises they have to cancel Heli-Expo 2021.  Here’s their statement:- Responding to an increasing number of voices from across the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry, Helicopter Association International (HAI) has made the difficult decision to cancel HAI HELI-EXPO 2021. HAI... Read more

HAI addresses pandemic worries about holding Heli-Expo 2021

HAI addresses pandemic worries about holding Heli-Expo 2021

14-Jan-2021Source: HAI

The following statement from HAI follows the story Heli-Expo 2021 will (at best) be a US-only event which we ran on Monday 11th January   Helicopter Association International (HAI) remains committed to supporting the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry by holding an in-person HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 in New Orleans March 22–25, with exhibits open March 23–25.... Read more

Heli-Expo 2021 will (at best) be a US-only event

Heli-Expo 2021 will (at best) be a US-only event

12-Jan-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Amid the pandemic, HAI has a most difficult task ahead – how (or whether) to run Heli-Expo 2021, scheduled for March 22-25 in New Orleans.  With ten weeks to go, there is no way of predicting what the situation will be regarding travel, quarantine, lockdown etc, and the event is reliant on international visitors from... Read more

HAI announces the winners of the 2021 ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest

HAI announces the winners of the 2021 ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest

7-Jan-2021Source: HAI

HAI is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest. Now in its ninth year, the contest encourages photographers from around the world to submit their images of helicopters and drones in a variety of categories that represent the rotorcraft industry. And this year’s top entries truly reflect the industry’s international... Read more

HAI Welcomes US Legislation Providing COVID-19 Relief

HAI Welcomes US Legislation Providing COVID-19 Relief

23-Dec-2020Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) welcomes passage of a $900 billion pandemic aid package that would provide relief to the aviation industry. Legislators attached the financial assistance agreement to H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, a $1.4 trillion omnibus package which passed in both chambers on Monday evening. The relief package includes $325 billion... Read more

HAI determined that Heli-Expo 2021 will be live, not virtual

HAI determined that Heli-Expo 2021 will be live, not virtual

1-Dec-2020Source: HAI

HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 is just four months away, and the HAI staff is deep into preparations to ensure attendees and exhibitors have a safe, healthy, and successful show. The world’s largest helicopter-oriented event, HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 will be held March 22–25 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The exhibit hall will... Read more

Safety Protocols at HAI Heli-Expo 2021

Safety Protocols at HAI Heli-Expo 2021

25-Nov-2020Source: HAI

HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 is just four months away, and I’d like to update you on our preparations for the show, including the health and safety precautions. Nearly every person I speak with is looking forward to our show next year. We’re all tired of virtual events and zoom meetings, and there is pent-up demand for our industry to meet... Read more

5 Days Remaining to Register for HAI Aerial Firefighting Conference

5 Days Remaining to Register for HAI Aerial Firefighting Conference

6-Nov-2020Source: HAI

There’s still time to sign up for the annual Aerial Firefighting Conference sponsored by Helicopter Association International (HAI). This year’s event is virtual—and free!—making it easy for aerial firefighters around the world to attend. The conference will take place Nov. 17–18, with sessions beginning at 4:00 pm eastern (UTC-5). Each day, HAI will present four... Read more

HAI Extends Nomination Period for Salute to Excellence Awards

HAI Extends Nomination Period for Salute to Excellence Awards

30-Oct-2020Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) i s extending the deadline to submit nominations for the annual Salute to Excellence awards that recognize superior achievement across nine categories of the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry. Salute nomination packages must be submitted to HAI by Nov. 20, 2020, to be considered. The original deadline of October 30... Read more

Deadline for Salute to Excellence Awards Nominations closes Friday

Deadline for Salute to Excellence Awards Nominations closes Friday

26-Oct-2020Source: HAI

Within vertical aviation, there are pilots, mechanics and engineers, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond to pursue professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. The HAI Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all forms of vertical aviation. As our industry evolves, HAI is excited to announce that... Read more

HAI hires VP of Operations

HAI hires VP of Operations

1-Sep-2020Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael J. Hertzendorf (US Army, Ret.) as vice president of operations. Hertzendorf will oversee HAI’s work for its members in flight operations, maintenance and technology, safety, and education. He will also work closely with HAI’s Government Affairs Department to ensure HAI members across the... Read more

Preparations underway for HAI Heli-Expo 2021 in New Orleans

Preparations underway for HAI Heli-Expo 2021 in New Orleans

21-Aug-2020Source: HAI

HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 in New Orleans is still about seven months away, but that doesn’t mean that preparations for the world’s largest civil helicopter show and exhibition are lagging. The first stage of the show floor lottery closed in July, and over 300 companies — including most of the major OEMs — have already booked... Read more

HAI launches annual Salute to Excellence Awards

HAI launches annual Salute to Excellence Awards

11-Aug-2020Source: HAI

Within vertical aviation, there are pilots, mechanics and engineers, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond to pursue professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. The HAI Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all forms of vertical aviation. As our industry evolves, HAI is excited to announce that... Read more

Former HAI chairman Wisecup passes away

Former HAI chairman Wisecup passes away

4-Aug-2020Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) sincerely regrets the passing of industry stalwart and past chairman of the Board of Directors James O. Wisecup. Service information is pending and will be provided when available. Wisecup, a highly experienced 16,000-hour dual-rated pilot, had recently retired from his post as assistant chief pilot of helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operator... Read more

Nominations Now Open for HAI Salute to Excellence Awards

Nominations Now Open for HAI Salute to Excellence Awards

17-Jul-2020Source: HAI

Within vertical aviation, there are pilots, mechanics and engineers, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond to pursue professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. The HAI Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all forms of vertical aviation. As our industry evolves, HAI is excited to announce that... Read more

HAI Introduces COVID Clean Program

HAI Introduces COVID Clean Program

22-Jun-2020Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to introduce HAI’s COVID Clean Program, a project designed to help HAI members share their efforts to protect their customers and employees from infectious diseases. HAI assists participating companies by providing them promotional tools and support through social media and other digital channels. The COVID Clean Program provides a... Read more

HAI President’s Message

HAI President’s Message

17-Jun-2020Source: HAI

We’re nearly halfway through the year, and frankly, 2020 has been a bumpy ride. COVID-19 changed nearly every routine we had, both at work and at home. Businesses around the world went dark, and millions signed up for unemployment. Some sectors of our industry, such as aerial tours and flight training, have been hard-hit by... Read more

Penn College aviation students receive industry scholarships

Penn College aviation students receive industry scholarships

29-May-2020Source: Penn College

Four Pennsylvania College of Technology students were recently awarded aviation scholarships: two from the Helicopter Foundation International/Helicopter Association International and two from Women in Aviation International. All four are enrolled in the four-year aviation maintenance technology major, based at Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. Ethan M. Miller, of Montoursville, and Hamin Kim, of... Read more

HAI Statement on NTSB Public Meeting of Survival Flight fatal accident

HAI Statement on NTSB Public Meeting of Survival Flight fatal accident

22-May-2020Source: HAI

Like many others in the rotorcraft industry, staff members from Helicopter Association International (HAI) viewed the May 19, 2020, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board hearing on the cause of a January 2019 crash of a helicopter air ambulance (HAA) flight in Ohio. HAI appreciates the extraordinary efforts made by the investigative team in determining... Read more

HAI appoints VP of Marketing Communications

HAI appoints VP of Marketing Communications

20-May-2020Source: HAI

Robert M. Volmer has joined HAI as the vice president of Marketing Communications. In this role, Rob will oversee branding, messaging, research, technology, and media for the association. “When I joined HAI. I told the Board of Directors that I wanted to over-communicate to our members about what their association was doing to serve them.... Read more

HAI mourns the passing of William H Wells Jr

HAI mourns the passing of William H Wells Jr

22-Apr-2020Source: HAI

William H. “Bill” Wells Jr., president and owner of Cascade Helicopters in Cashmere, Washington, died on Apr. 15, 2020, at the age of 86. Bill was born on Feb. 25, 1934, in Seattle, Washington. He joined the military in 1953 as an Alaska Communications System specialist in the US Army Signal Corps. In 1958, he... Read more

HAI Mourns the Passing of Industry Pioneer Elling Halvorson

HAI Mourns the Passing of Industry Pioneer Elling Halvorson

20-Apr-2020Source: HAI

Elling B. Halvorson, founder and chairman of the board of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters in Boulder City, Nevada, died Apr. 16, 2020, at the age of 88. With the opening of his helicopter tour company in 1965, he is credited with creating the site-specific helicopter tourism sector. Elling was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on... Read more

Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives $1.1 Million Grant

Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives $1.1 Million Grant

2-Apr-2020Source: HAI

The Utah State Legislature recently approved a Strategic Workforce Initiative (SWI) grant to Southern Utah University to support the growth of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program, a government-industry-education partnership preparing Utah students for high-growth occupations while serving regional industry workforce needs. The grant totals $386,000 per year for three years, for a total of $1,158,000.... Read more

FAA advice on expiring air medical certificates was released prematurely and is invalid

FAA advice on expiring air medical certificates was released prematurely and is invalid

31-Mar-2020Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) can now provide updates to a March 29, 2020, HAI press release about airmen medical certificates and an FAA announcement regarding waivers for Part 135 operators that was issued on March 25, 2020. HAI’s press release yesterday cautioned against FAA-certificated flight personnel allowing their medical certificates to expire based on information... Read more

HAI Urges Caution Re FAA Announcement for Airmen Medical Certificates

HAI Urges Caution Re FAA Announcement for Airmen Medical Certificates

31-Mar-2020Source: HAI

If you are a pilot or aircrewmen whose medical certificate will expire between March 31 and June 30, 2020, the FAA has announced that it is waiving enforcement actions against you if you are unable to obtain a new certificate in a timely manner due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Helicopter Association International (HAI) still... Read more

COVID-19 – HAI applauds Congressional Action on pandemic relief

COVID-19 – HAI applauds Congressional Action on pandemic relief

27-Mar-2020Source: HAI

On Wednesday evening, March 25, the US Senate unanimously approved a $2 trillion emergency relief bill providing stimulus funds to a US economy reeling from the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, March 27, the House is expected to pass the bill, which includes specific measures aimed at general aviation businesses. The bill... Read more

COVID-19 – HAI and Aviation groups seek financial relief for General Aviation Businesses

COVID-19 – HAI and Aviation groups seek financial relief for General Aviation Businesses

19-Mar-2020Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has joined a coalition of five other general aviation associations in seeking from the US government financial relief for general aviation businesses. The request stems from the unstable global economic situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a March 17 letter to majority and minority leaders of the US Senate and... Read more

Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

2-Mar-2020Source: Axnes

Wireless intercom innovator and manufacturer, Axnes has announced the recent delivery of a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Cal Fire S-70i Firehawk® helicopter equipped with the latest generation PNG wireless intercom system. Integrated by Firehawk® completion specialist, United Rotorcraft, the S-70i airframes are configured with internal audio integration and two MP50 handsets that... Read more

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

2-Mar-2020Source: Axnes

Wireless intercom technology innovator, Axnes has announced the integration of the PNG wireless intercom system for multi-mission provider, Travis County STAR Flight. Based in Austin, Texas, STAR Flight has recently taken delivery of three AW169 airframes as part of a fleet modernization program to support their air medical transport, hoist, and fire suppression operations. Designed... Read more

HAI Sadly Announces the Passing of Matthew Zuccaro

HAI Sadly Announces the Passing of Matthew Zuccaro

27-Feb-2020Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Matthew S. Zuccaro, the immediate past president and CEO of the association. Plans for services are still being determined and will be shared as soon as they are available. “Matt was one of a kind in our industry,” says current HAI President and... Read more

Helinetwork International makes its partnership with Tech-Tool Plastics

Helinetwork International makes its partnership with Tech-Tool Plastics

12-Feb-2020Source: Helinetwork International

Helinetwork International, the specialist in the sale of new and overhauled parts for civil and military helicopters, has announced a strategic partnership with Tech-Tool Plastics, one of the leaders in the helicopter window manufacturing industry during HAI Heli-Expo 2020. Tech-Tool Plastics, Inc. has been a major player in the industry for over 45 years. After... Read more

Rolls-Royce and Cadorath complete deliveries of repairs and overhauls to the M250 Series IV OCC

Rolls-Royce and Cadorath complete deliveries of repairs and overhauls to the M250 Series IV OCC

6-Feb-2020Source: Cadorath

In partnership with Rolls-Royce, Cadorath has completed the design, approval and first deliveries of repairs and overhauls to the M250 Series IV Outer Combustion Case (OCC). Overhauls include repairs to the fuel boss and replacement of the existing wire mesh patches with new reinforced dual wire mesh patches. On October 28, 2018 a Rolls-Royce released... Read more

Meridian Helicopters LLC to Displayed Southern Utah University Bell 206L4

Meridian Helicopters LLC to Displayed Southern Utah University Bell 206L4

6-Feb-2020Source: Meridian Helicopters

Located within the trade show floor of Heli-Expo 2020, Meridian Helicopters will display a Bell 206L4 owned by Southern Utah University. The aircraft can be viewed at static display booth #15. The Meridian Helicopters completion of the aircraft consisted of many freshly overhauled components and engine. A complete Garmin avionics package was installed with compliance... Read more

Aerometals to Showcase Sikorsky S70i EIBF during Heli-Expo 2020

Aerometals to Showcase Sikorsky S70i EIBF during Heli-Expo 2020

6-Feb-2020Source: Aerometals

Aerometals, an aerospace design, engineering and manufacturing specialty leader for over 35 years will be showcasing the latest application of their new generation Engine Inlet Barrier Filter (EIBF) during the upcoming HAI Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California. The company will display an S-70i Firehawk® operated by City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Air Operations Department with an... Read more

Axnes announces new product release during the HAI Heli-Expo 2020

Axnes announces new product release during the HAI Heli-Expo 2020

5-Feb-2020Source: Axnes

Wireless intercom technology leader, Axnes unveiled its latest addition to their product line yesterday during the HAI Heli-Expo in Anaheim. During the unveiling, Axnes presented the new PNG Mobile Base Station that is selfcontained, completely autonomous and portable – all features which many customers have requested. Derived from the PNG BST50 base station, there will... Read more

AeroBrigham Showcases Vintage Bell 212 at Heli-Expo 2020

AeroBrigham Showcases Vintage Bell 212 at Heli-Expo 2020

5-Feb-2020Source: AeroBrigham

This IFR Helicopter was purchased NEW in 1977 by Dr. Forrest Bird. Dr. Bird was noted for his work with oxygen systems in the aviation and medical fields. He was an avid aviation supporter his entire life and maintained an aviation museum with dozens of aircraft on display until his death the age of 94.... Read more

SKYTRAC to Provide Global Mobile Data Coverage in 200+ Countries

SKYTRAC to Provide Global Mobile Data Coverage in 200+ Countries

5-Feb-2020Source: SKYTRAC

SKYTRAC announced it will expand upon their partnership with GigSky to offer global cellular data coverage in over 200 countries to deliver mission-critical mobile data to the aviation enterprise. Originally ratified in September 2019, the partnership enables global 4G/LTE cellular network access for use with SKYTRAC’s Dynamic Air Link 200 (DAL-200) wireless communications and data... Read more

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