The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), a provider of remote pilot safety education, training, and certification, is partnering with Helicopter Association International (HAI) to provide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training to HAI members worldwide. Through this partnership, HAI members will receive a 15% discount on their courses when accessed through HAI’s Online Academy portal.
Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, HAI was established to provide the international helicopter community with safety guidelines, support, and services. HAI offers its members services that directly benefit operations and the international helicopter industry, encouraging safety, professionalism, and economic advancement.
HAI and USI will combine resources to promote industry connectivity and create workforce development opportunities in the unmanned commercial market. HAI members will have access to USI’s full suite of training and industry certifications including the sUAS Safety Ground School, UAS Flight Safety Endorsement, Visual Line-of-Sight System Operations (VSO), FAA Remote Pilot Practice Exam, and Part 107 Study and Field Guide. Members will also be able to purchase licensing agreements for Corporate Internal Training Programs including the VLOS Flight Training Curriculum and sUAS Safety Certification curriculum.
USI President Josh Olds said, “HAI has been the leader in the helicopter industry for over half a century and recognizes the need to embrace the future of UAS technology. They also recognize that this will require new information and skills which USI can provide. Together our two organizations will continue to lead the unmanned aviation industry by setting safety and professional guidelines and creating exemplary pilots that maintain high standards.”
Matthew Zuccaro, president and CEO of HAI, said, “The unmanned flight industry has huge potential, and businesses and individuals within the helicopter industry are serving as the vanguard by incorporating the UAS technology into their operations. There are companies who are using unmanned aircraft for surveying pipelines and powerlines, for aerial photography and mapping, and even for conducting cargo missions. These USI courses offer these and other HAI members the opportunity and flexibility to advance their careers and businesses.