2022 Utah Aeronautics Conference moderator Scott Romney, workforce, emergency response, and communications manager, Utah Division of Aeronautics, with panelists (left to right) Courtney Johnson, principal, Cedar Valley High School; Sandy Hemmert, CTE specialist, Granite School District; Amy Monson, professional practice assistant professor, Utah State University; and Cade Clark, VP of Government Affairs, HAI.

The HAI Government Affairs team provides updates on the Utah Aeronautics Conference, the FAA 5G Roundtable Discussion, and more.

HAI Participates in Utah Aeronautics Conference
HAI VP of Government Affairs Cade Clark joined over 500 aviation professionals and industry stakeholders for the first-ever Utah Aeronautics Conference on May 9–11. Clark was invited to participate as a member of a panel, where he spoke about workforce development initiatives for the industry. The conference brought together a broad section of aviation, from regulators to operators, to discuss topics ranging across advanced air mobility, safety, sustainability, workforce development, regulations, and training. While in Utah, Clark also visited with HAI member Universal Helicopters to discuss its operations and student training program.

NTSB Public Board Meeting on 2019 Hawaii Helicopter Crash Investigation
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a public board meeting on Tuesday, May 10, at 9:30 am eastern (UTC-4) to consider the probable cause of, and draft findings and recommendations related to, the fatal air tour helicopter accident that occurred in December 2019 near Kekaha, Hawaii, on the island of Kauai. The board discussed three safety issues: recommendations affecting air tour pilots and the air tour industry; Hawaii air tour operations; and safety management systems. HAI supports and promotes the use of safety management system solutions and flight-data monitoring and cockpit recording equipment to help reduce future accidents through training and flight management. HAI extends its deepest condolences to the families and coworkers of those who died in the accident.

FAA 5G Roundtable Discussion
Key stakeholders from the aviation and telecommunications industries, including HAI, participated in an FAA 5G Roundtable discussion on Wednesday, May 4. The FAA outlined three discussion topics for the roundtable. 1) Establishing an achievable timeframe to retrofit or replace radar altimeters in the US fleet. 2) Validating near-, mid-, and long-term prioritization for the retrofits. 3) Outlining changes to US national airspace operating environments as a result of future 5G C band deployments.

Radio altimeter manufacturers are in the early stages of production on filters for certain radio altimeter models, many of which are installed on helicopters. These filters are designed to reduce the impact of harmful 5G interference on radio altimeters, which would increase performance and provide relief from the restrictions included in the 5G airworthiness directives issued by the FAA. At the Roundtable, HAI stressed the importance of prioritizing availability of these filters for rotorcraft and identifying long-term solutions that do not require multiple or costly upgrades.

Apply for FAA Aviation Workforce Development Grants!
The FAA is seeking applications for two Aviation Workforce Development Grant programs: The Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grants and the Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers Workforce Development Grants. The Aircraft Pilots program will train students to become pilots, aerospace engineers, or uncrewed systems operators, while the Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers program will train students to become aviation maintenance technicians. A total of $10 million is available for the programs, and individual grants can range from $25,000 to $500,000 for each grant per fiscal year. Please submit applications at www.grants.gov by 11:59 pm EDT on Jun. 10, 2022. Further details are available in the Notices of Funding Opportunity on www.grants.gov.

The FAA was authorized to establish the Aviation Workforce Development Grant Program in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The program was created to address the projected aircraft pilot shortage by offering grants to expand aviation industry education opportunities. Congress approved the program through the end of fiscal year 2023.

Authors

  • HAI’s VP of government affairs, Cade Clark has directed association advocacy programs for over 20 years. Growing up, he worked at an FBO where Cade learned to fly, washed planes, got in the mechanics’ way, idolized the old-timers and their stories, and deepened his love for all things general aviation.

  • John Shea joined HAI as director of government affairs in 2019. He came to HAI from the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), where he was interim president in 2018 and lead government affairs representative since 2017. Previously, as a legislative staffer, John advised multiple members of Congress on transportation policy.

  • Emma Taylor joined HAI as a policy analyst in 2020. She graduated cum laude from Villanova University in December 2019 with a major in political science. Driven by her passion for public policy and advocacy, Emma is thrilled to start her career at HAI and has since developed a deeper appreciation for the vertical lift industry.

Cade Clark

Cade Clark

HAI’s VP of government affairs, Cade Clark has directed association advocacy programs for over 20 years. Growing up, he worked at an FBO where Cade learned to fly, washed planes, got in the mechanics’ way, idolized the old-timers and their stories, and deepened his love for all things general aviation.