HAI Accreditation Program of Safety
A Premier Member Benefit
A Member-Only Benefit
HAI-APS is based on two sets of performance standards: the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), and the HAI-APS Helicopter Mission Specific Standards (HMSS). HAI developed these standards to address safety in specific missions flown by helicopter operators. To learn more about the International Business Aviation Council, the sponsoring organization of IS-BAO, click here.
Both standards easily scale to operations large and small and are performance based, allowing you maximum flexibility in determining how you reach the performance goals. HAI will mentor you through the process, suggesting next steps and helping to clarify the process.
HAI recognizes that protocols and practices designed for fixed-wing aviation are not always applicable to helicopter operations. In addition, the safety requirements and best practices of helicopter operators can vary from sector to sector. So we created the HMSS to provide helicopter operators with safety standards that specifically address their operational environments.
Accreditation Program of Safety
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.
Prior to establishing NSA, Nick Sabatini was appointed Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, on October 15, 2001; he served with distinction in that premier capacity until his retirement on January 3, 2009. For more than seven years, Mr. Sabatini was responsible for the certification, production approval, and continued airworthiness of aircraft; and the certification of pilots, mechanics, and others in safety-related aviation positions.
Nick is a helicopter pilot and currently holds an airline transport pilot certificate and the following ratings: airplane multi-engine land, rotorcraft-helicopter, DC-9, CE-500, BH206, EMB110, commercial privileges, airplane single-engine land, and flight instructor and ground instructor certificates.
Newton has served on the HAI’s Fly Neighborly, Flight Operations Committees, served on the HAI Board of Directors, and was Chairman of the Board in 2006. He is a past Vice President of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council and was affiliated with the National Burn Victim Foundation and served on the Morristown, New Jersey Airport Advisory Committee.
Mr. Newton serves as an instructor pilot/examiner at Finmeccanica in the New York City area and supports the HAI-APS Program as a member of the Standards Board.