For more than 70 years, HAI has provided support, services and set the industry safety guidelines for the international helicopter community.


To be the global leader in leveraging, innovating, advocating, and expanding the unique operational capabilities of vertical flight on behalf of our members and for the benefit of society.


Internationally represent all aspects of the Vertical Take-off & Landing (VTOL) industry. Be the leading global voice in promoting safety, community compatibility, professionalism, innovation, and the economic viability of the industry.

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Board of Directors

Meet the governing board that keeps HAI the best

Chair | General Aviation

Jeffery P. Smith

R.O.P. Aviation
Teterboro, New Jersey, USA

Jeffery Smith holds the position of Vice Chair on the HAI Board of Directors. He is chief helicopter pilot for ROP Aviation and has worked with the Eastern Region Helicopter Council for more than 15 years, having served as the group’s chairman for 5 years. Jeff is a US Army veteran and has accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours, including over 700 hours in military and commercial helicopter air ambulance missions.
Vice Chair | Government Service

B. Adam Hammond

Tennessee Valley Authority
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Treasurer | Commercial

Nicole Battjes

Rainbow Helicopters
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Assistant Treasurer | Commercial

Mark A. Schlaefli

Dakota Rotors LLC
Custer, South Dakota, USA

President & CEO

James A. Viola

Helicopter Association International
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

James A. Viola joined Helicopter Association International (HAI) as President and CEO in January 2020. Prior to joining HAI, he most recently served as a Senior Executive for the Federal Aviation Administration, in the office of Aviation Safety, as director of General Aviation Safety Assurance. He was responsible for maintaining consistency and standardization in the application of safety oversight activities for the GA community. He was a government representative on both the International Helicopter Safety Team and the United States Helicopter Safety Team.
Viola’s aviation career began with the US Army, with the majority of his flying done as a special operations MH-6 and MH-47 helicopter pilot. He was promoted through positions of increasing responsibility, achieving the rank of colonel. His final military assignment was as Division Chief for Army Aviation Current Operations in the Pentagon.

A strong advocate for GA, Viola flies as often as he can. He splits his time flying between a Robinson Helicopter and an AG-5B Tiger airplane, depending on whether or not a runway is involved. He holds airline transport pilot ratings for helicopters and airplanes and is a dual-rated certificated flight instructor. He has accumulated more than 6,500 flight hours, which includes 1,100 with night-vision goggles.

Viola holds a Master's degree in Strategic Studies from the United States (U.S.) Army War College in Carlisle, PA; a Master's degree in International Relations from Auburn University in Montgomery, AL; a Master's degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University in Maxwell AFB, AL; and a Bachelor of Science from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA.

Viola holds professional membership of the Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society; Lifetime member of the Army Aviation Association of America; the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars; Military Officer Association of America; Society of Aviation and Flight Educators; National Association of Flight Instructors; and the Theta Chi Fraternity.

Chief of Staff & Corporate Secretary

Roxanne R. Fox

Helicopter Association International
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Director | Commercial

Brian Jorgenson

Timberline Helicopters
Sandpoint, Idaho, USA

Director | Commercial

Rick Kenin

Boston MedFlight
Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

Director | Commercial

Randal R. Rowles

Helicopter Institute Inc.
Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Director | Commercial

Stacy Sheard

Executive Jet Management/Fanatics
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Stacy Sheard’s aviation career began as a US Army Huey and Black Hawk pilot. After leaving the military to pursue a commercial flying career, Stacy flew in the charter, tour, news-gathering, air ambulance, and corporate aviation sectors; she was also a production test pilot for Sikorsky. She is currently an AW139 corporate captain with Fanatics/EJM. Stacy was first elected to the HAI Board of Directors in 2016 and is the 2020–21 chair.
Director | General Aviation

Robert Miller Stallings

Titan Aviation Fuels
New Bern, North Carolina, USA

Legal Advisor

H. Bryan Brewer III

Crowell & Moring LLP
Washington, D.C., USA

Special Advisor – Emerging Technology

Jonathan Daniels

Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc.
Searchlight, Nevada, USA

Special Advisor – International

Francois Lassale

Heli SGI
Denpasar Selatan, Bali, Indonesia

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