Providing value for members is essential to our mission.

As a membership association, HAI collects dues each year from the vertical aviation operators, manufacturers, vendors and suppliers, pilots, aviation mechanics/engineers, and industry professionals who have chosen to join the organization. Our members have the option to spend that money in many places, and HAI recognizes our responsibility to ensure that they see the value of their investment in us.

James Viola

Since I assumed the leadership of HAI’s professional staff in 2020, I have been working to grow the value of your membership. A key way to do that is our ongoing expansion of your HAI member benefits, seven of which we are introducing at HAI HELI-EXPO 2023. These programs are either new or significantly upgraded to better meet the needs of our members.

Flight Training and Checking Program

Created in partnership with Helicopter Institute, the HAI Flight Training and Checking Program keeps your rotors turning by managing any part or all of your aircrew’s training, testing, qualification, certification, and compliance needs. Think of it as a fast pass through all things training and checking.

Legal Services

Even the best of us may find ourselves on the wrong side of an enforcement action. HAI’s new Legal Services portal provides our members with articles, webinars, and downloadable guides. HAI is also assembling an easy-to-use, searchable directory of legal service providers with experience in aviation law..

Loss of License Insurance for Pilots

Losing your medical could mean losing your livelihood. Our partnership with Lockton Affinity gives HAI member pilots a way to protect themselves.

HAI Online Academy

Look for an exciting expansion of our education offerings. We are not only bringing in new courses from leading industry partners, but our new portal provides an easy-to-navigate environment for your professional development.

King Schools Discounts and Scholarship

John and Martha King are probably the best-known instructors in aviation, and they are strengthening their partnership with HAI. Our members will get a discount for their courses, AND one lucky member of our working groups will each year have the opportunity to win a lifetime scholarship to the Kings’ courses.

Purdue University Online Education Discount

Through a partnership with HAI, Purdue University Global offers HAI members and their immediate families a tuition discount of up to 20% on more than 100 programs, including aviation, business, public safety, technology, legal studies, health sciences, and many others. For ultimate flexibility, all courses are 100% online.

SMS Coaching and Assessment

HAI has partnered with WYVERN to provide an easy-start process for members implementing safety management systems (SMSs). Check for potential costly threats in minutes, not months, and resolve them with help from your SMS coach.

No matter what your industry role is—business owner or employee, individual or family member—HAI has benefit programs that will help you grow and prosper. If you have not done so in a while, visit rotor.org/benefit, where you will always find an up-to-date list of HAI member benefits, including our health insurance solutions for individuals, families, and businesses.

Providing our members with value is our mission and my commitment to you. I would love to hear your thoughts on this or any aspect of being an HAI member; please email me at [email protected].

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  • James Viola

    James A. Viola is VAI’s president and CEO. After a career as a US Army aviator, he joined the FAA, where he served as director of the Office of General Aviation Safety Assurance before joining VAI. A dual-rated pilot, James holds ATP ratings in both airplanes and helicopters and is a CFII. James can be contacted at [email protected].

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James Viola

James Viola

James A. Viola is VAI’s president and CEO. After a career as a US Army aviator, he joined the FAA, where he served as director of the Office of General Aviation Safety Assurance before joining VAI. A dual-rated pilot, James holds ATP ratings in both airplanes and helicopters and is a CFII. James can be contacted at [email protected].

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