Mon, 25 May 2015 00:29:00 -0400

We Pause to Honor…

For many Americans, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, a welcome three-day weekend filled with sales, swimming pools, and picnics.

But for many military families, it is a day of painful remembrance mixed with great pride, as they and the nation honor those who died in its service.

For me and my fellow veterans, this is a time to honor our comrades in arms who did not make it home. This Memorial Day is also a time to redouble our efforts to ensure that the promises our nation made to its military men and women are promises that are kept.

For the past several months, HAI and our fellow aviation associations have been fighting against a bill in Congress (H.R. 475) that discriminates against veterans who want to become pilots. Language in the bill would impose an annual cap on veterans in flight-training degree programs at public colleges and universities — a cap that only applies to flight training and no other degree program. Moreover, the funding is capped at levels that make it nearly impossible for veterans to obtain their commercial helicopter pilots' licenses using the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits promised them.

H.R. 475 was introduced because a loophole in the Post 9/11 GI Bill allowed some flight schools to submit extraordinarily high bills to the Veterans Administration (VA). The problem was compounded because the VA did not adequately or equitably enforce its own rules. The loophole needs to be closed so flight schools can no longer take unfair advantage of the government. But now veterans are being asked to shoulder the burden of cleaning this mess up.

Already, HAI has heard from veterans whose dreams are being cut short, even before H.R. 475 becomes law. Members of Congress need to hear these stories too.

I urge veterans who are affected by the bill — or who believe they will be affected by it — to call or email members of the Veterans' Affairs Committee and share your stories. Please also consider sharing your story with HAI at

HAI will continue to fight to protect veterans’ benefits. Maintaining their access to flight training admits veterans into an exciting industry with well-paying jobs and at the same time addresses a growing pilot shortage that will negatively impact the industry and the nation’s economy.

Our military men and women have sacrificed so much for their country. On this Memorial Day, we should honor the fallen. And we should keep our promise to the living.

Matt Zuccaro
President, CEO

Sat, 23 May 2015 00:19:00 -0400


Fri, 22 May 2015 19:00:00 -0400

This Memorial Day weekend, as the United States pauses to honor those soldiers who have given their lives in defense of the nation, HAI salutes all military personnel — active duty, reserve, and veteran. The helicopter industry has close ties to the veteran community, and HAI is standing by our veterans to protect their benefits and the promises were made to them.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:31:00 -0400

To virtually no one's surprise, the Veterans Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday ramrodded through a provision that will severely curtail veterans' ability to pursue a flight training degree. Ranking Member Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) noted that much work remains to be done on the bill and secured a commitment from Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) to continue the work. A substantial portion of that work needs to be done by flight schools and veterans — pressuring Congress to ensure vets who want a career in aviation are treated fairly. Read more for points to consider when contacting congressional representatives.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:34:00 -0400

Valencia, Spain ( - Two pilots who survived a dramatic helicopter crash into the sea five miles southeast of Pinedo, Valencia, May 20, have spoken about their ordeal.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:23:00 -0400

Alexandria, Va. - The 2nd Great American Safety Drive, featuring two separate routes, officially gets underway in June of 2015. The Drive is the MedEvac Foundation's major fundraising initiative for 2015.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:10:00 -0400

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters (previously Eurocopter France) Model AS365N3, EC155B, and EC155B1 helicopters with an external life raft in the footsteps with certain part-numbered junction units. This AD requires inspecting the junction units of the external life raft deployment system for corrosion, removing any corrosion, and performing certain measurements to determine whether the junction unit must be replaced.

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