The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is an independent organization of close to 1000 member companies who own, operate or manufacture helicopters. HAI represents and promotes the helicopter interests of our members to government, business and industry, the news media and the public. HAI is a truly international organization, with members in 46 countries. Much of this presentation is equally applicable in other countries; but for the purpose of this synopsium, it is aimed primarily at the domestic helicopter situation within the United States.
The helicopter provides unique benefits to our society and our economy. Among these are valiant rescue missions, law enforcement, conservation and development of energy, commuter transport and many more. Yet, despite these benefits, the capabilities of our advanced technology helicopters and the contributions they make to the National Transportation System are not known to the national, stete and local levels of government.
The two main problems limiting the growth of the commercial helicopter industry are the lack of terminal facilities and the presence of noise. The solution to these two issues -- heliport development and environmental constraints -- are strongly interdependent.