HAI Advocates New Standard of ATC for Gulf Ops
The Helicopter Association International has approached Congress advocating a significant improvement in the low-altitude air-traffic infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico. In the short term, HAI is promoting an immediate investment by the FAA in currently available, proven VHF communications and automated weather technologies to support the 5,000 to 9,000 flights that operate daily to and from more than 3,800 offshore platforms in the region. HAI is also pressing for a Capstone-like demonstration project for the region, incorporating ADS-B surveillance and satellite communications, which would address long-term operational needs in the Gulf of Mexico and would integrate helicopter requirements into future national airspace design. The helicopter advocacy group is pressing the House aviation subcommittee to include funding for these programs in this year’s FAA reauthorization.