Helicopter Foundation International

Helicopter Foundation International Promoting the history and preserving the future of vertical aviation.
Founded in 1983, HFI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the heritage and contributions of the helicopter and of the industry’s service to mankind. HFI is at the forefront to help educate future generations of helicopter professionals, and promote the industry as an exciting career choice for young people.

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Reminder: EAA The Spirit Of Aviation will be holding Spirit of #Aviation Week today thru July 25 in place of #EAAAirVent...
07/21/2020

Reminder: EAA The Spirit Of Aviation will be holding Spirit of #Aviation Week today thru July 25 in place of #EAAAirVenture Oshkosh. Stop by eaatogether.org & enjoy tons of fun virtual activities, including HAI's virtual booth #2023 where you can learn about HAI HELI-EXPO 2021, adding a rotorcraft rating, & much more. Learn more: http://ow.ly/AuKG50AEp2j

Did you catch today’s Spotlight on Safety video with Kim Hatch, director of Operations for Kachina Aviation? Check out o...
07/02/2020

Did you catch today’s Spotlight on Safety video with Kim Hatch, director of Operations for Kachina Aviation? Check out our last post for the link to watch the video and click here to take the Land & LIVE Pledge or submit your story: rotor.org/landandlive

Join us on June 25 at 4 pm EDT/ 20:00 UTC for a candid discussion with HAI president and CEO James Viola and Sikorsky pr...
06/24/2020

Join us on June 25 at 4 pm EDT/ 20:00 UTC for a candid discussion with HAI president and CEO James Viola and Sikorsky president Dan Schultz on Sikorsky's response to the #pandemic and the company's outlook for its commercial and military markets. Register here http://ow.ly/TA4T50AgAm8 and get your questions ready for the Q&A following the webinar!

06/08/2020

Same exciting and valuable information about the industry---new format.

Soon you’ll be able to enjoy ROTOR magazine in a new, digital format! Our new platform will allow you to view ROTOR on the device of your choice: laptop, tablet, or phone; share content on social media; make notes on articles; and more.

Stay tuned for more details.

#digitalmagazine #rotormagazine #helicoptermagazine #comingsoon

Thank you for attending yesterday's webinar with JSfirm.com Aviation Jobs to receive insights into emerging employment t...
04/24/2020

Thank you for attending yesterday's webinar with JSfirm.com Aviation Jobs to receive insights into emerging employment trends and advice on finding opportunities in this challenging environment. If you weren't able to catch the webinar or want to watch it again, click this link to watch a recording of the webinar on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rep6EOU8aRs&feature=youtu.be.

Join us this Thursday for a webinar at 4 p.m. EDT with JSFirm, the world's largest aviation resume database, offering in...
04/21/2020

Join us this Thursday for a webinar at 4 p.m. EDT with JSFirm, the world's largest aviation resume database, offering insight into emerging employment trends as well as advice on finding opportunities in this challenging environment. Register here: http://ow.ly/aGY350zkh5C

In this week’s special edition of Spotlight on Safety, pilot, Bond Durham, from Garland, TX reminds us all to train and ...
04/16/2020

In this week’s special edition of Spotlight on Safety, pilot, Bond Durham, from Garland, TX reminds us all to train and prepare for unplanned IMC. Mother nature always gets a vote, and every pilot that begins a VFR flight in clear skies must be ready to avoid or safely recover from unexpected weather conditions. If you suspect marginal conditions on your flight, change the route or wait it out. Professional pilots always respect the weather so they can keep the rotors turning! Check out the video later today!
#haisafety #haisostips

04/02/2020

Did you catch our new miniseries, “Spotlight on Safety” last week starring HAI’s very own Director of Safety, Chris Hill? Here’s the video in case you missed it! In this series, we give you the facts, tips, and tactics that you can use to enhance aviation safety in your daily operations. We will be releasing new videos every Thursday, so let us know what you think in the comments and check out the full video on our YouTube Channel! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbz6NdlgiDU
Have safety tips you'd like to share with us? Use the hashtags #spotlightonsafety and #rotorheads

As a #helicopter pilot, you have a superpower; You can land almost anywhere! When the flight isn't going well, be safe, ...
03/05/2020

As a #helicopter pilot, you have a superpower; You can land almost anywhere! When the flight isn't going well, be safe, and LAND THE DAMN HELICOPTER! https://youtu.be/W5Yg-A0ZaPA

#HAISAFETY #helicoptersafety #spotlightonsafety

01/29/2020

Follow us on Instagram! @haifoundation Stop by our Heli-Expo booth in front of Hall B/C and get a helicopter pen!

01/28/2020

#haiexpo20 has kicked off, and it’s great to see #helicopter fans of all ages enjoying the show!

Helicopter Foundation International
01/20/2020

Helicopter Foundation International

Learn how decision-making occurs in dynamic situations and take the "Aeronautical Decision-Making: My Brain Is Trying to...
01/20/2020

Learn how decision-making occurs in dynamic situations and take the "Aeronautical Decision-Making: My Brain Is Trying to Kill Me" #helicopter course at #haiexpo20!

Register for HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim!: http://bit.ly/2S8Tfig

Come learn about common causes of human-factor errors in aviation maintenance and sign up for “The Dirty Dozen: Recurren...
01/17/2020

Come learn about common causes of human-factor errors in aviation maintenance and sign up for “The Dirty Dozen: Recurrent Training ” #helicopter course at #haiexpo20

Register for HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim!: http://bit.ly/2S8Tfig

Fascinated by drones and unmanned aircraft systems?Sign up for the #uas course "UAS: Best Practices for Their Use in Ins...
01/17/2020

Fascinated by drones and unmanned aircraft systems?

Sign up for the #uas course "UAS: Best Practices for Their Use in Inspections" which will take place at HAI HELI-EXPO 2020! #haiexpo20

Register for HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim!: http://bit.ly/2S8Tfig

It is not too late! Sign up for “Aerospace Physiology and Human Performance Update” #helicopter course at #haiexpo20 Reg...
01/16/2020

It is not too late! Sign up for “Aerospace Physiology and Human Performance Update” #helicopter course at #haiexpo20

Register for HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim!: http://bit.ly/2S8Tfig

Start 2020 with an important safety course and sign up for the “Aviation Safety Programs and Emergency Preparedness” #he...
01/10/2020

Start 2020 with an important safety course and sign up for the “Aviation Safety Programs and Emergency Preparedness” #helicopter course at #haiexpo20

Register for HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim!: http://bit.ly/2S8Tfig

Great work to the North Port Police Department #helicopter pilot and crew! #HelicoptersSaveLives http://bit.ly/39TMTcN
01/10/2020
Sheriff’s helicopter helps rescue cyclist lost in North Port park

Great work to the North Port Police Department #helicopter pilot and crew! #HelicoptersSaveLives http://bit.ly/39TMTcN

The cyclist called North Port Police when he got lost in a wooded area near Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. It was already dark out, but using equipment on the helicopter, pilots were able to spot him around three miles north of the entrance to the Myakkahatchee Park.

Donate to the HFI Online Silent Auction and help support the future of the #helicopter industry. rotor.org/auction
12/11/2019

Donate to the HFI Online Silent Auction and help support the future of the #helicopter industry. rotor.org/auction

Support the future of the #helicopter industry by donating to the HFI Online Silent Auction today!  The auction runs fro...
11/21/2019

Support the future of the #helicopter industry by donating to the HFI Online Silent Auction today! The auction runs from Jan 20-30. rotor.org/auction

#uas courses are being offered at the #haiexpo20 in Anaheim!If you register for one PEC course you get a complimentary d...
11/18/2019

#uas courses are being offered at the #haiexpo20 in Anaheim!

If you register for one PEC course you get a complimentary day pass. If you register for two or more PEC courses, you get a 3 day pass!

Register by December 6th for a discount! #helicopter
heliexpo.rotor.org

If you register for one PEC course at #haiexpo20 in Anaheim you get a complimentary day pass. If you register for two or...
11/15/2019

If you register for one PEC course at #haiexpo20 in Anaheim you get a complimentary day pass. If you register for two or more PEC courses, you get a 3 day pass!

Register by December 6th for a discount on the greatest #helicopter show on earth! heliexpo.rotor.org

Today is the last day to submit your application for the #Helicopter Foundation International scholarships! The deadline...
10/31/2019

Today is the last day to submit your application for the #Helicopter Foundation International scholarships! The deadline is today at midnight ET http://rotor.org/scholarships

Donating to HFI’s annual Online Silent Auction is an easy, convenient way to support scholarships for students studying ...
10/10/2019

Donating to HFI’s annual Online Silent Auction is an easy, convenient way to support scholarships for students studying to become part of tomorrow’s helicopter industry. Donations are currently being accepted here: http://ow.ly/Kkoa50wFXFm

There is less than one month to apply for our 2020 scholarships! Make sure you submit your applications by Oct. 31st Vis...
10/09/2019

There is less than one month to apply for our 2020 scholarships! Make sure you submit your applications by Oct. 31st Visit http://ow.ly/tI2y50wFXwS for more details

Want a job in the #helicopter industry? A scholarship from Helicopter Foundation International can help. Learn more and ...
08/23/2019

Want a job in the #helicopter industry? A scholarship from Helicopter Foundation International can help. Learn more and apply: http://rotor.org/scholarships

08/19/2019
2018 Appareo Pilot of the Year Award

Yesterday was #WorldHelicopterDay and we celebrate the life changing efforts of #helicopter industry heroes like 2018 Appareo Pilot of the Year Award Maria Rodriguez. https://youtu.be/D3W6FWEzsf8

Maria Rodriguez, Owner and Operator, Caribbean Buzz, recipient of the 2018 Appareo Pilot of the Year Award

Exciting day! Grand opening of Cedar Valley High School! Go Aviators!! #cedarvalleylife
08/17/2019

Exciting day! Grand opening of Cedar Valley High School! Go Aviators!! #cedarvalleylife

Help us highlight an exceptional #helicopter industry pilot, maintenance professional, safety leader and more through th...
08/14/2019

Help us highlight an exceptional #helicopter industry pilot, maintenance professional, safety leader and more through the 2020 HAI Salute to Excellence Awards at #haiexpo20

Learn more and nominate someone today at rotor.org/salute

Check out our International Tuesday spotlight on Helicopter Resources in Australia http://bit.ly/2YMquqY#helicopter pict...
08/06/2019

Check out our International Tuesday spotlight on Helicopter Resources in Australia http://bit.ly/2YMquqY

#helicopter pictured: @AirbusHeli #h125

#helicopterresources #airbushelicopters #as350

Attention aspiring #helicopter industry professionals, 2020 Helicopter Foundation International Scholarship Applications...
08/01/2019

Attention aspiring #helicopter industry professionals, 2020 Helicopter Foundation International Scholarship Applications are now open! The deadline is October 31, so do not waste any time!

Learn more and apply: http://bit.ly/2OyvW1b

There is still time to register for our FREE military transition workshop on June 8th! For more information visit http:/...
05/09/2019

There is still time to register for our FREE military transition workshop on June 8th! For more information visit http://owl.li/HUqu30oGAu1

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I just read the "UND-HAI Rotorcraft Pilot and Mechanic Supply Forecast" and as a job seeking helicopter pilot, I feel I have something to contribute. And from my perspective (rant?), the industry is shooting itself in the chest. I had an accident free 20 year career as an Army Aviator and flew a little over 1700 hours, mostly with the MSARNG. When my medical company clients took a hit from Obamacare regulation, I wanted to get back into aviation. If I had been a WO I'm sure I would have had many more hours. I was only able to afford a few flights here and there after leaving the military. But I studied for and passed the ATP written, and I have a current Class 1. You would think with that kind of experience I'd be able to land a job. No. Companies would rather poach from each other than hire and train a new pilot. I know this because for the last several years I've been getting job alerts from multiple sources, and every job wants 2000, 3000 or more hours... minimum. They want you current, with hundreds of hours experience in their specific area. Typical for utility pilot is 150 hours long line or mountain flying experience. How does one get the experience without a job? Because I don't know anyone that can afford to build time out of their pocket. I've sent out that resume at least a 100 times, and there are thousands of times when I didn't because they want 5000 hours. The industry is feeding off itself to save a nickel. In a few years it's going to come back as an expensive beast. One part of the report indicates that the airlines will take a military rotary wing pilot with 750 hours and refund tuition. My guess is that some will jump at that opportunity... and there goes a few more qualified, experienced helicopter pilots. I've been told to go get my IP ticket and build time that way... like everyone else. Well, I'm not like everyone else. I'm not a young man any more, but I have experience... 1700+ hours of real mission experience. Flying around the pattern with a student is not experience, it's simply building hours. I flew MedEvac with the 1255th for 3 years. I flew drug interdiction missions with several law enforcement organizations. I flew VIPs right on up to the SECDEF and future Vice President Cheney. Some pilots I know have even suggested that I fudge my time, but I can't violate my own standard of ethics. So yea, I hear about the "helicopter pilot shortage" all the time, but it seems a myth to me. But I'm still looking.