Staff from HAI’s Government Affairs and Operations Departments share what they’re doing to serve the industry this week.
March 25, 2020
Cade Clark, HAI Vice President of Government Affairs, and John Shea, HAI Director of Government Affairs
HAI Government Affairs has created a COVID-19 category on our public and the members-only on . With the influx of government action being taken to mitigate the damage caused by the spread of the coronavirus, our team is working to make it easier for HAI members to keep up-to-date and access resources. All COVID-19 policy positions and formal outreach to congressional leaders and cabinet officials appear on the Advocacy page, which is open to the public and will be updated regularly.
All legislative analyses, bill summaries, advocacy initiatives, and guidance for employers can be found in the Legislative Action Center. As we continue to work our way through recent legislation and government actions, our goal is to streamline the most relevant information and guide HAI members on how to utilize the resources available.
At about 1:30 a.m. this morning, the White House and congressional leaders came to a bipartisan agreement on a nearly $2 trillion emergency stimulus package that the Senate is supposed to vote on midday, with the House to follow. Passage of the phase 3 coronavirus response bill would come after two failed procedural votes and multiple days of contentious debate on partisan issues.
The Senate bill would direct payments of $1,200 to most American adults and $500 to most children; create a $500 billion lending program for companies, states, and cities; and extend another $367 billion to help small companies deal with payroll problems. It would bolster the unemployment insurance system and inject $150 billion into US hospitals. The bill more than doubled in size in just a few days, amounting to the largest emergency stimulus package in American history.
HAI Government Affairs has been advocating for financial assistance for general aviation companies in the $500 billion in funds for distressed industries and the $350 billion in “small-business interruption loans.” We’ve also been closely monitoring and relaying member responses to HAI’s COVID-19 Impact Survey.
Matt Callan, HAI Director of Regulations and International Affairs
Last week, Matt Callan worked remotely due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. While operating from home, Matt assisted two International Civil Aviation Organization Flight Operations Panel colleagues from Japan, operating under Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau, with interpretations of 14 CFR Part 135.168 and Part 136.9. Matt conferred with FAA representatives and then clarified the interpretation of regulations requiring life preservers on over-water flights.
Responding to replies to HAI’s COVID-19 Impact Survey, Matt prepared a themed synopsis so that HAI can better react to operator member concerns. Matt also attended the FAA’s Flight Service Engagement Team teleconference, which is intended to provide a forum for participants to engage in, collaborate on, communicate about, and provide input on the future delivery of flight services.
Chris Hill, HAI Director of Safety
As last week, this week Chris Hill continues to be focused on HAI safety risk management and promotion work that brings value to our members. Chris is conducting an operational-hazard analysis of our annual HAI HELI-EXPO, seeking ways to further mitigate known risks and enhance safety for all personnel located in proximity to flight and ground operations.
Chris is also coordinating efforts with the HAI Safety Working Group to review more than 80 safety video submissions recorded in the ROTOR SAFETY ZONE at HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim, California. The working group will select two winners to receive recognition for the most compelling safety message and best Land & LIVE message.
Finally, Chris is working with the HAI communications team to update and improve the value of HAI’s safety content for members and visitors to rotor.org. If you have any recommendations for safety information you’d like to see on rotor.org, send them to .
Chris Martino, HAI Vice President of Operations
Last week, Chris Martino participated in the quarterly meeting of the . The purpose of ARAC is to provide advice and recommendations concerning a full range of aviation-related issues as may be directed by the FAA. ARAC membership includes a diverse group of industry stakeholders, including aviation associations, operators, and manufacturers.
Several ARAC working groups are actively pursuing issues of importance to the helicopter industry, including the Airman Certification System Working Group, the Part 145 Working Group, and the Designated Pilot Examiner Working Group.
In addition, Chris participated in the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) UAS Standardization Collaborative Steering Committee (UASSC) meeting. The purpose of the UASSC is to “coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems … into the National Airspace System (NAS) of the United States.”
The group met to discuss the progress being made on the revised . Published in December 2018, the Roadmap paves the way for industrywide standards related to UAS integration by identifying existing standards as well as gaps requiring industry attention.