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  • 12 Mar 2013 1:18 PM | Anonymous
  • 12 Mar 2013 1:17 PM | Anonymous
    This is an urgent follow-up to yesterday's HAI legislative alert concerning the FAA's plans to close within 30 days
    75 percent of the air traffic control towers managed under the Federal Contract Tower Program. HAI President Matt Zuccaro is calling on all members of the helicopter industry to take immediate action: contact your two U.S. senators and ask them to support Kansas Senator Jerry Moran's amendment to save contract towers.

    The general aviation industry is facing an urgent deadline to keep open the more than 173 contract control towers at general aviation airports around the country. Sen. Jerry Moran is planning to offer an amendment to the Senate continuing resolution that would shift money from the FAA capital account to the operations account so the agency can keep all air traffic control towers open.

    In order for Congress to give the FAA flexibility to make cuts in other areas, unanimous support for Senator Moran's amendment is needed immediately. The Senate continuing resolution is expected to be cleared for a vote on Wednesday, March 12. It is essential that all HAI members reach out to their two U.S. Senators today:

     *   Review the 238 airports whose towers are to close<> and the 72 airports whose tower staffing will be reduced.<>
     *   Utilize this Senate phone and email contact list<> and ask both of your U.S. senators to support Senator Moran's amendment to save contract towers. Tell your senators the number and type of operations you conduct on a weekly basis and include your company name and the number of aircraft you operate. Indicate any safety concerns you believe might impact your operations should these contract towers be closed.

    Helicopter Association International
    1635 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2818
    T 703-683-4646 | F 703-683-4745
  • 12 Mar 2013 1:13 PM | Anonymous
  • 20 Sep 2012 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    Southern California Aviation Association                                                                                                Scholarship Selection Committee                                                                                            

    September 16, 2012

    Dear Scholarship Committee,

    I wanted to take this opportunity to update the committee on the most recent accomplishment I have made resulting from the scholarship I was awarded from your organization.

    As of Wednesday, September 12, 2012, I ultimately fulfilled all of the obligations, requirements, and exams necessary in becoming an FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI).

    I can say, without reservation, that your most generous award was absolutely indispensible in the obtaining of this latest certification.

    I know that in the coming years, as I reflect on my experiences and accomplishments, in my pursuit of a career as a professional pilot, I will always look back to this time in my training, forever grateful of the role this organization played in helping me to achieve my goals. 


    Benjamin Lipson, CFI

  • 20 Sep 2012 12:24 PM | Anonymous
    Dear Family and Friends,

    As we remember September 11 and the ongoing conflicts and wars we are involved in today, we must also remember and honor our brave Warriors who have personally sacrificed so much for our freedom.  This has been no easy task.

    I have become personally involved in supporting the Blue Angels Foundation in raising awareness and enlisting public aid for the San Diego Wounded Warriors.  Having met and talked with Wounded Warriors, I found it heart wrenching, emotionally overwhelming and truly inspirational.   The Blue Angels Foundation supports the seriously injured who are assigned to Naval Hospitals and Rehabilitation facilities.  We need to support America's wounded, injured and ill troops recovering from wounds  - both visible and invisible.   The Blue Angels Foundation is trying to create a community of care for our service men and women, their families and caregivers by providing transportation, accommodations and an environment that helps foster the Wounded Warrior's recovery and assimilation back into civilian life.

    You can log onto the website.  The Blue Angels Foundation also sponsors a golf tournament and has sponsorship spots available.  I would also appreciate you involving your business,employers and friends, if possible, with a donation or sponsorship.  The Blue Angels Foundation is a non-profit organization, EVERYONE is a volunteer and committed.  100% of the donations go to the Wounded Warriors, which is so important!  This is such an IMPORTANT cause. 

    We need your generous tax deductible donation to the Blue Angels Foundation to enable them to help injured warriors returning home from the current conflicts.  Sometimes the hardest journey is the one home, and for these Warriors this is the toughest battle!

    You can send your checks ( payable to the BLUE ANGELS FOUNDATION ) to me and I will make sure you receive an acknowledgement of your taxable donation.

    Cathy Johnson
    25042 Linda Vista
    Laguna Hills, CA. 92653


    You can donate through the Blue Angels Foundation website  ( ).  Please let me know if you do it this way so I can thank you.

    Thanks for your support.
    God Bless America, God Bless our Warriors and God Bless our Wounded Warriors!

    Cathy Olshane Johnson 

  • 23 Aug 2012 11:24 AM | Anonymous
    On September 27 NBAA is planning to offer a new, interactive seminar designed specifically for today’s Part 91 flight department personnel and their “downtown” counterparts from company headquarters. The workshop will be held at the Orange County Airport in Santa Ana, CA.

    The program will identify and address tax and regulatory issues faced by business aviation managers, drawing on the insights and experiences of both panel members and attendees. Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions which will help us plan the workshop.

    Before completing the survey, please review a sample agenda for the program.

    Complete the Part 91 Tax & Regulatory Workshop Survey

  • 02 Aug 2012 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    Santa Monica, California undefined Josh Olson, Director of Mission Operations, reports that Angel Flight West (AFW) is facing a serious pilot shortage while on pace to provide a record-breaking 5,000 missions this year. AFW arranges free air transportation for distant nonemergency medical treatment and in compassionate response to other compelling needs. The organization serves the 13 western states including Alaska and Hawaii. Last year marked its completion of 50,000 missions since 1983.

    “Since the first of January, we’ve completed 2,474 missions, but we’ve had to cancel 265undefinedmore than 10 percentundefinedbecause we couldn’t find pilots. We’ve had to cancel more missions this year due to lack of pilots than any time before in our 29-year history ,” Olson said. “Our outreach volunteers have created increased demand from hospitals, physicians and social workers for our service. Now we need more pilots to keep up.”

    Without more volunteer pilots, patients who live remotely, are too ill to travel commercially or cannot afford to travel may miss out on vital healthcare. For some, this could mean the difference between life and death. Volunteer pilots, a.k.a. Angels, donate all flight-related costs. Passengers never pay for an Angel Flight. Pilots view missions online, selecting as few or as many as their time and budget will allow. Every flight makes a world of difference.

    Volunteer pilots are urgently needed, particularly in Southern California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon. If you love to fly and to help others, please sign up online. You could fly your first mission in as little as a week. Visit www.angelflightwest.orgor call 1-888-426-2643. AFW is a charitable, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. When you volunteer, your tax advisor can help you deduct flight-related costs.

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