In January, the Helicopter Association International (HAI) urged its members to press their Congressional representatives to support improved communications and weather services over the Gulf of Mexico.
Helicopter Association International
The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is asking Congress to appropriate $10.9 million for the FAA to “field weather, communications and surveillance equipment” to support low-level helicopter operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Congress passed legislation last year reauthorizing the FAA to fund such equipment, but the funds have yet to be appropriated.
The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is accepting nominations for its “Salute To Excellence” awards to be presented during its convention next year. Nominations are due October 3. For more information go to www.rotor.com.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is inviting European operators to comment on its proposed operations and licensing regulations. Alexandria, Va.-based Helicopter Association International has posted a series of 15 questions on its Web site (www.rotor.com), and will coordinate operator feedback with the International Federation of Helicopter Associations (IFHA) and European Helicopter Association.
William Gilbert, former board member and chairman of NBAA, died. Gilbert served on the NBAA board from 1970 to 1980 and as chairman from 1975 to 1977. He was a former chief pilot for Weyerhaeuser’s flight department, which he helped build from a small Twin Beech operation into one that operated various aircraft with several bases around the country.
The Helicopter Association International (HAI) has sent an urgent congressional alert to its members to contact their legislators about resolving continued delays in the FAA’s longstanding commitment to provide National Airspace System-quality communications and weather services in the Gulf of Mexico. According to HAI, more than 35,000 people live and work offshore, supported by nearly 650 helicopters.
A program intended to allow emergency response agencies to quickly identify, locate and coordinate helicopter assets is now available at Helicopter Association International's (HAI) Web site. The program has been in development since Hurricane Katrina "highlighted the shortcomings in emergency response contribution," said HAI.
Since 1991 there have been 127 accidents involving helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations, according to Helicopter Association International (HAI). Ninety-six of these were a direct result of pilot error, which can be broadly characterized as poor pilot technique; lack of situational awareness; loss of control; poor aeronautical decision-making; controlled flight into terrain, water or objects; or a combination of these.
As the helicopter industry once again prepares to hold its annual roundup in Dallas later this month, it is riding the crest of a wave that includes the highest U.S. rotary-wing production figures in more than a decade.
Pierre Clostermann, French World War II ace, aviation executive, author and politician, died on March 22 in France. He was 85. Clostermann joined UK-based French Free Forces in 1942 and flew Supermarine Spitfires and Hawker Tempests during the war. After the war, he wrote a book on his combat duty and served as a member of the French parliament from 1946 to 1969. He later served as CEO of Reims Aviation and a v-p of Cessna.
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