The Helicopter Assn International’s recent decision to change its rules to offer complementary, one-year memberships to flight students is aimed in part at helping former students of Silver State Helicopters and keeping the interest of those people in rotorcraft careers.
The trade group in late April said any person taking helicopter flight lessons is eligible for the year’s free membership. That category was specifically defined as any student who is currently taking flight training, is enrolled in a flight-training program "or has been enrolled within the past 12 months from date of application" to cover aspiring pilots whose training was interrupted when Silver State shut the doors of its 30-plus flight schools in the United States on Feb. 3.
"We want to do what we can to keep their interest in helicopter careers and make the training and job-search benefits of HAI available to them," said Matt Zuccaro, president of the trade group, of the students.
The offer also covers students in maintenance technician or aviation dispatcher courses. Current members who are students can apply for the free offer when they next renew their membership.