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NTSB chairman to deliver keynote at Heli-Expo

Jan. 26, 2012, Alexandria, Va. - National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will deliver the keynote address during the Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) annual general membership meeting, Sunday, February 12, 2012, at HELI-EXPO in Dallas, HAI President Matt Zuccaro confirmed today.


January 26, 2012
By Carey Fredericks


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“We’re looking forward to hearing Chairman Hersman’s thoughts on how we can continue to improve helicopter safety,” said Zuccaro. “While we’re proud of the work HAI and the industry have already done to make flying safer, there will always be more work to do until we reach zero accidents.”

Even though the NTSB has no regulatory authority over aviation operations, its single-minded focus on safety gives it a unique perspective that can help the helicopter industry determine where to focus its safety efforts.

General aviation safety and pilot professionalism are two of the items on the NTSB’s ten most wanted list. And at a two-day forum held in December 2011, the entire board made clear it considers oversight of public aircraft missions a crucial safety issue. As a result of that forum, HAI will sponsor the first meeting of an Industry Public Aircraft Working Group at HELI-EXPO.

The annual general membership meeting will be held Sunday, February 12, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. Central Time in Ballroom C of the Dallas Convention Center, immediately after the annual Members’ Breakfast.

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