Wayne Fry, FAA Flight Standards Division Manager for General Aviation Safety Assurance, has been named the new government cochairman of the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.ushst.org). The USHST was formed in 2013 as a regional partner within the International Helicopter Safety Team (now the Vertical Aviation Safety Team, VAST, https://vast.aero/) to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to promote safety and work to reduce civil helicopter accidents and fatalities.
From the DFW Metroplex, Fry oversees nine General Aviation offices with an emphasis on helicopter operations. He is a 25-year veteran of the FAA, holding management positions in the Flight Standards Regional offices in Seattle and Fort Worth, in the Flight Standards District Offices in Oklahoma City, Houston and Baton Rouge, and in the Aircraft Maintenance Division in Washington DC.
Prior to his service in the FAA, Fry worked for 17 years for oil and gas industry helicopter operator Air Logistics in the areas of maintenance and quality assurance.
“It is great to see Wayne stepping back up as the USHST Government Co-Chair. Having held this position previously, he never really disconnected from the team; he remains a firm advocate for safety and is well placed to take back this leadership role” said Nick Mayhew, USHST Industry cochair.