In 1982, HAI WAS THERE to address local complaints related to sound generated by aircraft operations. The association joined with the FAA to create the Fly Neighborly program to improve relationships between communities and helicopter operators by establishing sound-mitigation techniques and better communication. Just as safety is always at the forefront of every helicopter operator’s mind, “flying neighborly” is also a high-priority consideration: we all want peace and tranquility at home and in our neighborhoods. The voluntary sound-reduction program has helped to shape public perception and foster community acceptance of helicopters.
“I am happy to report [that the program] has been accepted internationally and has the full support of helicopter operators, regional associations, manufacturers, pilots, and communities, says Jim Viola, HAI President and CEO. “Just flying safely and in compliance with regulations is not enough. We must also Fly Neighborly, it is in the best interest of everyone.”
Today, the program continues to build on its original goals. HAI provides resources and tools for training, education, and situational awareness, as well as tips for specific helicopter models, including the Airbus AS350, Bell 206 and 407, and Robinson R44 and R66.
This year, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of HAI, formed on Dec. 13, 1948.
Countdown to HAI’s 75th: 21 days!