Biography

Previous Flight Reports

Welcome to my monthly report to HAI members. Viola’s Flight Report—or VFR—will update you on some of the work the HAI staff is doing on your behalf.

It’s essential that we share with you the work we’re doing. Whether we’re addressing new or existing regulatory matters, advocating on your behalf for a strong and vibrant international industry, or preparing for next year’s HAI HELI-EXPO, please know that the goal of the HAI staff is to always support you and help keep your rotors turning.

Human factors play a key role in our daily rotorcraft operations, but the challenge is to find and fix the negative factors while promoting the positive ones that can help prevent accidents.

Two experts will address human factors in detail at the Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST) 2022 Global Conference in Hurst, Texas, Oct. 4–6. I encourage anyone interested in safety to attend this three-day event, which will focus entirely on VTOL safety. To take advantage of advance-registration discounts, visit VAST 2022 Global Conference.

Another theme this month is representation. HAI is the primary voice of the rotorcraft industry, and in July, I was able to represent our members’ interests by testifying before the US House Subcommittee on Aviation. I also spoke in a town-hall meeting in Missouri as the guest of Congressman Sam Graves.

In late July, HAI sent a team to attend the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where hundreds of people stopped by our booth to hear about the benefits of vertical flight. For additional information about these topics and more, including footage of my Jul. 13 testimony in Congress, watch this month’s VFR video!