Helicopter Association International (HAI)

David Ellis Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award
David Ellis Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces David Ellis, executive director of Haiti Air Ambulance, is the 2023 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group or organization that, through a particular activity or contributions over time, has advanced the use of helicopters or UAS aircraft in air medical transport.
Dr. Eric Bechhoefer Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Safety Award
Dr. Eric Bechhoefer Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Safety Award
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces GPMS International CEO and chief engineer, Eric Bechhoefer, is the 2023 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Safety Award. The award, sponsored by BLR Aerospace, recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions in promoting rotorcraft safety and safety awareness.
Karl Cotton Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award
Karl Cotton Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces Karl Cotton as the recipient of the 2023 Salute to Excellence W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award. This award, presented by Hill Air Corporation, recognizes superlative contributions by a helicopter flight instructor or a UAS flight instructor in upholding high standards of professionalism.
Penny Ritter Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Law Enforcement Award
Penny Ritter Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Law Enforcement Award
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces Alameda County (California) Sheriff’s Office (ASCO) criminalist Penny Ritter is the recipient of the 2023 Salute to Excellence Law Enforcement Award. This award, sponsored by MD Helicopters, LLC, recognizes an individual or organization that has contributed to the promotion and advancement of rotorcraft in support of law enforcement activities.
Mike Iven Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Maintenance Award
Mike Iven Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Maintenance Award
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces Rainbow Helicopters' VP of Maintenance, Mike Iven, as the recipient of the 2023 Salute to Excellence Maintenance Award. This award, presented by Rolls-Royce, recognizes an individual for long-standing excellence in rotorcraft maintenance, maintenance instruction or supervision, or a single significant contribution to rotorcraft maintenance.
Helicopter Association International (HAI) is hoping you’ll tell the story of someone in the rotorcraft, drone, or advanced air mobility community who’s outstanding in their profession and nominate them for its annual Salute to Excellence Awards program. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. Award descriptions and criteria, as well as additional information about the awards process, are available at rotor.org/events/salute-to-excellence.
As part of an ongoing program to address the shortage of helicopter pilots and maintenance professionals, Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces it has participated in an aviation workforce development roundtable in Salt Lake City, UT. The event, organized by US Representative Burgess Owens (R-UT-4), discussed ways to build on the success of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program (URPP), an HAI initiative that has received two national awards since its inception in 2019.
Helicopter and AAM Flight Subject of Joint Global Safety Conference
Helicopter and AAM Flight Subject of Joint Global Safety Conference
The Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST), Helicopter Association International (HAI), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) together will host the 2022 VAST Global Conference, Oct. 4-6, 2022, at the Hurst Conference Center in the Fort Worth suburb of Hurst, TX. The conference is an outgrowth of the FAA International Rotorcraft Safety Conferences first held in 2015.