The Helicopter Association International (Booth No. 8632) launched a safety program designed to raise the bar for helicopter operators worldwide at Heli-Expo yesterday. Based on the new rotorcraft language in the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), the HAI Accreditation Program accounts for mission-specific criteria for a wide range of helicopter operations.
“The Federal Aviation Administration sets a basic standard of safety with the federal aviation regulations,” said HAI president Matt Zuccaro. “But we believe that needs to be the base from which we can all strive to fly to an even higher standard.”
The accreditation program starts with a requirement for operators to obtain IS-BAO registration. HAI staff will assist operators to meet IS-BAO requirements, while the HAI Mentoring Program will provide assistance on ways to improve performance in areas that do not meet these standards.
“The helicopter industry continues to have accidents, we know what causes them, and they are virtually all preventable. This is not acceptable,” Zuccaro said. “The HAI Accreditation Program will help all operators, regardless of their size, to fly to a higher standard and move toward our vision of zero accidents.”