During the negotiations that led to the passage of the 2018 FAA reauthorization bill, the US Congress added a proposal to remove the country’s air traffic control (ATC) operations from FAA oversight. This push to privatize the ATC system would have created negative impacts on the helicopter industry because it would have restricted our industry’s access to certain airspace and facilities and reduced or eliminated helicopter-oriented initiatives. HAI WAS THERE along with several coalitions to directly lobby against this provision and defeat it.

In addition to getting this provision removed from the 2018 reauthorization bill, HAI WAS THERE working with legislators to ensure other priorities of the vertical aviation industry made the cut. Among them were the safe integration of uncrewed aircraft systems into the National Airspace System, which allowed the drone sector to move forward with exciting commercial opportunities that continue to expand today, and crash-resistant fuel systems. HAI applauded members of Congress at the time for their perseverance on the fuel issue and for adopting the recommendations of the Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group. Finally, the reauthorization bill contained reforms to FAA regulations related to training programs at aviation maintenance technician schools that helped mitigate a severe workforce shortage of maintenance technicians.

This year, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of HAI, formed on Dec. 13, 1948.

Countdown to HAI’s 75th: 15 days!

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