In August 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) first started exploring the option of repurposing the C-band spectrum to include wireless operations. From the beginning, HAI has been fighting to safeguard helicopter operations in the US National Airspace System from potential interference caused by 5G technology affecting radar altimeters. HAI’s advocacy initiatives in this regard have ranged from public comment to testimony to industry presentations to briefings of congressional leadership. HAI’s efforts reached various federal agencies, extending even to multiple engagements with the White House National Economic Council.
In countless meetings, public filings, and presentations, HAI fought to keep the rotors turning and ensure safety of both helicopter operators and the public they serve.
When 5G-related flight restrictions were placed on the rotorcraft community, HAI’s advocacy efforts resulted in key exemptions that enabled the continued use of night vision goggle operations, which are critical to air medical, law enforcement, aerial firefighting, and training operations.
HAI also advocated for provisions that were included in the House-passed FAA Reauthorization Bill that would provide federal resources to assist industry with next generation radio altimeters.
This year, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of HAI, formed on Dec. 13, 1948.
Countdown to HAI’s 75th: 29 days!