HAI Working Groups

HAI’s many working groups address rotorcraft industry issues affecting a range of sectors, from aerial firefighting to tour operations to unmanned aircraft systems and more. Joining a working group that interests you is a way to become a leader in the vertical flight industry. Plan to attend a meeting or two among those listed below. All HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 attendees are welcome, and new members are encouraged to attend.

Aerial Firefighting and Natural Resources Working Group Meeting

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 8:00 – 9:30 AM

The HAI Aerial Firefighting and Natural Resources Working Group addresses issues that impact rotorcraft aerial firefighting and natural resources operations. The group focuses on identifying and evaluating safety concerns, addressing operational and support issues, and helping shape policies and industry best practices. Join key stakeholders and leaders in the aerial firefighting industry and engage in discussions on current operational issues and initiatives. The meeting is open to all HELI-EXPO 2021 attendees. New members are encouraged.

Air Medical Services Working Group Meeting

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM

The HAI Air Medical Services Working Group consists of member operators who are passionate about the air medical industry. The group brings real-time issues to the surface to analyze and create solutions to common operator challenges. The working group invites active helicopter air ambulance professionals to join in the discussion.

Flight Operations Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM

The HAI Flight Operations Working Group participates in initiatives to improve VFR and IFR regulations, flight procedures, helicopter routes, charts, infrastructure, and aeronautical publications and guidance materials. The group partners with both industry and civil aviation authorities to integrate the vertical flight community into the current and future airspace system.

Attend the meeting and join other stakeholders responsible for managing, conducting, and supporting flight operations activities to discuss current operational issues and initiatives. This meeting is open to all HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 attendees, and HAI members interested in joining the working group are encouraged to attend.

Fly Neighborly / Environmental Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 1:30 – 4:30 PM

The HAI Fly Neighborly / Environmental Working Group educates international and US helicopter associations and operators in proven methods and best practices to minimize the noise generated by their operations. The group also raises awareness of the critical nature of these missions.

The working group coordinates national and regional Fly Neighborly industry outreach events, develops noise management resources that are available through the FAA and HAI websites, and produces Fly Neighborly instructional training videos and pilot courses. The group also works to raise public awareness of the industry’s voluntary Fly Neighborly noise abatement activities.

This meeting is open to all HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 attendees, and any HAI member interested in joining the working group should attend.

Helicopter Tour Operators Working Group Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021 | 1:00 3:00 PM

The HAI Helicopter Tour Operators Working Group consists of tour operator members who strive to build a robust safety-centric environment that serves the flying public and tour operators alike. Reports from across the globe will be shared with the audience to spur discussions that can lead to enhanced safety procedures.

Restricted and Experimental Category Aircraft Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM

The HAI Restricted and Experimental Category Aircraft Working Group tackles issues related to the operation, maintenance, and integration into the airspace system of restricted and experimental category aircraft. The group strives to assist in developing policies and best practices to enhance and promote the safe, efficient use of these aircraft and to break down regulatory barriers.

During this meeting, the group will address several pressing industry issues, including safety, regulatory, and support topics. This meeting is open to all HELI-EXPO 2021 attendees. New members are encouraged.

Safety Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM

The HAI Safety Working Group plays a vital role in promoting safety throughout the rotorcraft industry. Its members are featured in a series of year-round safety messages as part of HAI’s Spotlight on Safety campaign. The group welcomes visitors to the HAI HELI-EXPO Rotor Safety Zone to learn more details about the association’s numerous safety programs. The group also sponsors multiple HAI HELI-EXPO training events, including the Safety Symposium, Safety Directors Forum, and Safety Town Hall, as well as the Rotor Safety Challenge events.

The Safety Working Group Meeting is open to all HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 attendees, and the group encourages new members. Come watch how the group works, and consider offering your fresh ideas to help enhance safety in the vertical flight industry.

Technical and Maintenance Working Group Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join members of the HAI Technical and Maintenance Working Group for a briefing on the group’s activities in support of the technical and maintenance areas of the rotorcraft industry. The session will include the group’s input on regulatory review and workforce development.

Training Working Group Meeting

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM

In this semiannual meeting of the HAI Training Working Group, members will discuss training challenges facing the rotorcraft industry. In light of the recent mishaps involving VFR flights into IMC conditions, the working group will examine ways to help reduce this trend. The group will also continue focusing on the industry workforce shortage as well as finding ways to make training more effective and efficient. This meeting is open to the public; stakeholders in aviation training, particularly in maintenance, are encouraged to attend and should also consider joining the working group.

Training Working Group Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 3:30 – 5:30 PM

In this inaugural Training Working Group Town Hall Meeting, members of HAI’s Training Working Group will present and discuss new courses and recommend industry best practices for IIMC. The working group will talk about the process that went into the development of the VFR best practices and plans for an IIMC course. The town hall will showcase these developments and look at what’s planned for the future.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM

The HAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Working Group helps its members play a key role in the development of programs, policies, and guidance that facilitate the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the US National Airspace System. Working closely with government agencies, the working group identifies the optimal standards and recommended practices that enhance the safety and efficiency of manned and unmanned operations alike. The UAS Working Group also assists HAI operators, manufacturers, and maintenance professionals in their efforts to integrate unmanned systems into their operations while promoting communication between all sectors of manned and unmanned aviation in shared airspace.

The UAS Working Group Meeting is open to all HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 attendees, and the group encourages new members. Come watch how the group works, and consider offering your fresh ideas to help enhance safety in the constantly evolving UAS industry.

Utilities, Patrol, and Construction Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM

The HAI Utilities, Patrol, and Construction (UPAC) Working Group is a recognized leader in the helicopter industry addressing issues impacting aerial patrol, construction, and maintenance missions. The group closely partners with a wide range of US federal and state agencies and works continuously to identify best practices that improve safety and operational efficiency. The HAI UPAC Safety Guide for Helicopter Operators, a highly regarded document in the UPAC industry that is referenced by the FAA, is a product of this group.

During this meeting, the UPAC Working Group will provide an update on its recent activities and will address other topics of interest to UPAC operators. This meeting is open to all HELI-EXPO 2021 attendees. The working group encourages new members.