Submit your best story.
HAI publishes ROTOR, a quarterly magazine for the international vertical aviation community, and ROTOR Daily, an e-newsletter that is published each business day. HAI welcomes submissions for each from the international vertical aviation community.
Articles from the field, real-world case studies, lessons learned, and best practices for rotary-wing aviation and related enterprises are an essential part of what HAI media offers its readers. Opinion pieces are also welcome.
Before You Submit Your Article
Here are some things you should know about writing for HAI media:
- The HAI editorial staff will review your article and determine its suitability for publication. If your article is declined for publication, the editorial staff will notify you, and HAI will have no further rights to it.
- All articles accepted for publication are edited. However, authors have the opportunity to review their edited articles before publication, and articles are only published with the approval of both the author and the HAI editorial staff.
- HAI does not compensate its volunteer authors, and it does not reprint material that has been published elsewhere.
- Articles should be informational and provide the reader with value. Articles that are strictly promotional will be declined.
- By agreeing to publish in HAI media, you allow HAI to publish and reprint your article and use it for promotional purposes.
- Verify every name, date, fact, and figure. We count on you to give us the correct information.
- Submit your story in MSWord with all images or photos as a separate attachment. Include a short biography (50 words maximum), along with your name, title, company, mailing address, phone , and email address.
ROTOR is published four times each year, in the first week of February, May, August, and November. The article deadlines for each issue are:
- Winter (February): Dec. 1
- Spring (May): Mar. 1
- Summer (August): Jun. 1
- Fall (November): Sep. 1
ROTOR Daily is published each business day. The article deadlines for each issue is noon on the day before publication.
Before You Write for HAI Media
Here are some ideas to help you start writing your article for HAI media.
Consider Your Audience
- Write for your peers in the rotorcraft industry. They are looking for information about helicopters, aviation-related products, and ideas for improving the safety, efficiency, and profitability of their businesses.
- Give your readers specific, concrete content they can use. Write the kind of article that you would want to read.
- Keep your topic narrow with a practical focus. Don’t write about training; write about a specific training program that produced specific results. Don’t write about safety; write about how your safety management system is affecting your day-to-day operations.
Share Your Experience, Insight, and Passion
- Personal experience is your best source of article content. Has your business encountered problems and found solutions that can be shared? Do you have a fresh approach or a cost-effective solution to an old problem?
- Tell readers what you have learned. Cover both what works and what doesn’t.
- Write about what you are excited about. What innovations or successes do you discuss with your boss or associates? What are you proud of? That’s what will make an interesting article.
Get It Down on Paper
- Create a one- or two-sentence summary of what you want the reader to take away from your article. It will help you to focus your ideas and stay on track as you write.
- Get to the point. Write a lead sentence or paragraph that will grab your audience’s attention. Your lead must be relevant to your topic and get to the point quickly.
- Use subheads throughout the article to help the reader follow the development of your ideas. Make sure that every paragraph follows the one before it logically and smoothly.
Make It Memorable
- Keep it real. Using anecdotes or case studies moves your ideas from the general to the specific and helps the reader grasp complex information.
- Use tables, figures, or charts to illustrate your points. Use a flowchart to illustrate a process, a pie chart to show the breakdown of percentages, or a bar chart to compare different values. A picture or a graphic really is worth a thousand words.
Don’t Sweat It
If you aren’t a professional writer, don’t worry. Your article will be edited by the HAI editorial staff (and it’s our job to make you look good). What we really need from you is your real-world field experience in rotorcraft aviation. We’ll take care of the commas!