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HAI Applauds Passage of AAIM Act and other Priorities in Funding Bill

HAI Applauds Passage of AAIM Act and other Priorities in Funding Bill

3-Jan-2023Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds the work of the US Senate in passing the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, an omnibus spending bill that includes a number of HAI-backed elements supporting vertical aviation. The bill, which provides $1.7 trillion in discretionary resources, will now go to the US House of Representatives before being signed into... 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

Whistleblower alleges misconduct between FAA Honolulu office and helicopter operator

Whistleblower alleges misconduct between FAA Honolulu office and helicopter operator

12-Feb-2020Source: US Senate

In June of 2019, investigative staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation received information from a whistleblower alleging misconduct by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) managers at the Flight Standards District Office in Honolulu, Hawai’i. This initial whistleblower, an FAA employee, alleged that FAA managers too frequently overrode the recommendations of inspectors,... Read more

HAI welcomes two new NTSB Board Members

HAI welcomes two new NTSB Board Members

2-Jan-2020Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to congratulate the Honorable Michael Graham and Tom Chapman, whom the U.S. Senate confirmed Dec. 19 as members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). “We could not be happier with the addition of both gentlemen to the NTSB,” says Matt Zuccaro, president and CEO of HAI. “We have... Read more

Senator Schumer calls on FAA to make Helicopter black boxes mandatory

Senator Schumer calls on FAA to make Helicopter black boxes mandatory

16-Jun-2019Source: Senate Schumer

On the heels of last week’s Midtown helicopter crash in Manhattan, and with new safety concerns across Long Island, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is citing a lack of a ‘black box,’ also known as a flight data recorder (FDR), as cause for serious concern for the ongoing investigation, while also revealing that the National Transportation... Read more

NBAA commends rejection of ATC privatization bill

NBAA commends rejection of ATC privatization bill

10-Aug-2017Source: NBAA

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today commended the Senate Appropriations Committee for rejecting privatization of the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system in an annual federal spending bill. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen thanked committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT), as well as Transportation Subcommittee Chair Susan Collins... Read more

Lawmakers push Israel to buy Connecticut made Sikorsky helicopters

Lawmakers push Israel to buy Connecticut made Sikorsky helicopters

5-May-2017Source: US Senate

A group of Connecticut and New England lawmakers are trying to persuade Israel to buy Stratford-based Sikorsky helicopters as they work to modernize their military. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) along with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jim Himes (D-CT), John Larson (D-CT), and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) sent a letter... Read more

Two Connecticut Senators urge Germany to buy CH-53K

Two Connecticut Senators urge Germany to buy CH-53K

22-Feb-2016Source: Chris Murphy

Today, ahead of Germany’s planned procurement of up to 70 heavy-lift helicopters, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen urging the country to replace their existing fleet with the new, Sikorsky-made CH-53K King Stallion aircraft. Murphy and Blumenthal emphasized that... Read more

Senator questions Army chief on Apache transfers

Senator questions Army chief on Apache transfers

23-Jul-2015Source: Roger Wicker

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today questioned Gen. Mark Milley, nominee to be Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, about reports that the Army intends to implement the Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) as early as October 1, 2015. The plan would begin the transfer of Apache helicopters from the National Guard to the Army... Read more

Eliminate 3rd Class Medicals for Pilots!

Eliminate 3rd Class Medicals for Pilots!

16-Sep-2014Source: HAI

Did you know there is legislation pending in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate (H.R. 3708 and S. 2103) that would expand the FAA’s current and successful Sport Pilot standard by not requiring pilots to obtain a third-class medical certificate? Have you weighed in with your elected House member and your two senators?... Read more

Senator calls on FAA to make Long Island “North Shore Route” permanent

Senator calls on FAA to make Long Island “North Shore Route” permanent

29-May-2014Source: Senator Schumer

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Tim Bishop urged the Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta to not only renew the North Shore over-the-water helicopter route that is set to expire at the beginning of August, but to make it permanent. They are also urging that the... Read more

NBAA welcomes move to renew US tax incentive on business aircraft purchase

NBAA welcomes move to renew US tax incentive on business aircraft purchase

7-Apr-2014Source: NBAA

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today welcomed the Senate Finance Committee’s completion of work on legislation that would restore for two more years a host of tax incentives that expired in 2013, including a commonly recognized incentive – “bonus depreciation” – on the purchase of aircraft and other assets used by businesses. “NBAA is... Read more

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