HAI President and CEO Matt Zuccaro is urging members "don't give the skies to the airlines." In a letter Tuesday, Zuccaro warned of potential U.S. legislation that could "significantly impact helicopter operations in our national airspace" and to voice opposition to members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
At 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee considered a bill (H.R. 4441) that would give control of the National Airspace System from the FAA to a private, government-chartered corp. run by an airline-dominate board. Because of a lack of helicopter representation on that board, Zuccaro said helicopters might not be assured equal access to airspace.
Republican Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania introduced the bill, called the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act of 2016, Feb. 3. The bill must be passed by both the House and the U.S. Senate before the president can sign it into law.