HAI Visits Members in Utah
While in Salt Lake City for the workforce development roundtable (see story below), Cade Clark, VP of government affairs at HAI, visited with HAI member Intermountain Life Flight. Pilot Nick Johnson took Clark on a tour of the Life Flight facilities, and Clark met with many of the Life Flight team members for an informative discussion about their operations.
Clark also went down to Spanish Fork, Utah, to visit with Utah Helicopter to learn more about issues facing flight schools. Clark met with Lorri Hansen, co-owner of the school, for a tour of the facility. While in Spanish Fork, Clark also caught a glimpse of HAI member company Croman Corp.’s S-61, on standby for firefighting duties.
HAI Participates in Utah Aviation Workforce Development Roundtable
This week, HAI participated in the Aviation Workforce Development Roundtable in Salt Lake City, Utah, organized by US Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah-04) and held at the offices of the Aeronautics Division of the Utah Department of Transportation.
The roundtable participants comprised helicopter operators, educators, and government stakeholders, who discussed ideas to address the shortage of helicopter pilots and maintenance professionals and identified federal resources available to support aviation workforce efforts.
The group also discussed how to build on the success of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program (URPP), an HAI initiative that has received two national awards since its inception in 2019. HAI has met with stakeholders in multiple states that have expressed an interest in setting up pathway programs similar to the URPP. The roundtable participants noted that finding or establishing federal resources for pathway programs would open doors for similar partnerships across the country.
HAI applauds Rep. Owens for his leadership in organizing this event and is deeply grateful for his efforts to address the continuing shortages of pilots and maintenance personnel in Utah and across the nation.
FAA Awards Grants to Expand Outreach to Underrepresented STEM Students
The FAA recently awarded $231,000 in grants to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) outreach in education.
Three grants are for universities to facilitate STEM outreach to students, in particular to those who are underrepresented in STEM and aviation fields. The schools will design and conduct drone-centered immersion programs, summer camps, after-school programs, and community outreach efforts designed to educate and inspire youths from elementary, middle, and high schools.
Specific FAA initiatives include the Adopt-A-School Program; the Airport Design Challenge, in which K–12 students design airports using the video game Minecraft; the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy; and the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force.
Earlier this year, the FAA awarded $5 million in grants to fund aviation classes at higher-education institutions, high schools, state and local governments, and flight schools to develop the next generation of pilots.