Choosing to be an HAI member should be easy—and rewarding.

As HAI begins a new membership year, I want to thank each one of our members for their support. You have choices about where to spend your dollars, and we very much appreciate the trust you place in HAI when you purchase or renew your membership.

Here are some ways we have worked to earn that trust (visit rotor.org/benefits to learn more):

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Health Insurance. US-based HAI members now have additional options for health insurance through our partner LIG Solutions. Their licensed experts can connect you with insurance programs for individuals and families, as well as employee programs for business owners, that are customized to meet your needs and your budget. LIG works with major providers, such as Aetna, Humana, and Blue Cross Blue Shield, and has options for a wide range of insurance needs, including major medical, vision, dental, accident, and more. Best of all, LIG stills works for you after you purchase the coverage: you can contact their staff with questions or concerns about coverage and claims at any time.

Loss-of-License Insurance. For pilots and aviation mechanics, your job depends on your license—and that license depends on your ability to meet the job’s physical demands. Lockton Companies now offers US-based HAI members insurance that protects you from the financial impact of losing your license because of a medical condition. Coverage can be purchased by an individual member or by a company as an employee benefit.

Legislative and Regulatory Wins. HAI has carefully monitored the threat posed to aviation safety by the implementation of 5G networks, advocating on your behalf with Congress, the FAA and other government agencies, and the wireless industry. Through an HAI petition for exemption, 99% of air ambulance operators have been able to resume Part 135 operations, despite the disruption caused by 5G. Our advocacy also enabled Part 135 HAI operator members to receive $396 million in COVID relief funds.

Risk Assessment and Management. Our operator members told us they needed help in implementing safety management systems (SMSs), which is considered the global standard for aviation safety management. HAI members can now choose from three industry-leading SMS software solutions. We were also able to negotiate significant price discounts to ensure that SMS is affordable and within reach of any operator. Additionally, HAI members can take advantage of our Aviation Safety Action Program, customizable flight and maintenance risk-assessment tools, as well as a new program that brings SMS to line maintenance.

And those new benefits join our established ones, including direct access to HAI technical, regulatory, and legislative staff; discounts on attending or exhibiting at HAI HELI-EXPO®; press coverage in HAI’s e-newsletter, ROTOR Daily, and on rotormedia.com; and third-party safety mentoring, coaching, and assessment.

Contact member@rotor.org if you want to make sure you are taking full advantage of your HAI membership. And remember, any employee of an HAI member company also receives member benefits. If you have suggestions about how HAI can do better, please email me at president@​rotor​.org. I like nothing better than hearing directly from members.

Thank you, again, for your support as we begin another year of keeping your rotors turning!

Author

  • James A. Viola is HAI’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 HAI. A dual-rated pilot, Jim holds ATP ratings in both airplanes and helicopters and is a CFII. Jim can be contacted at president@rotor.org.

James Viola

James Viola

James A. Viola is HAI’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 HAI. A dual-rated pilot, Jim holds ATP ratings in both airplanes and helicopters and is a CFII. Jim can be contacted at president@rotor.org.

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