About HAI Foundation

We are a tax-exempt charitable foundation that promotes safety, education, and historic preservation for the international helicopter community

What we do, why we do it

HAI Foundation Programs

HAI Foundation programs support helicopter safety, preserve and display the history of vertical flight, and promote the industry as a rewarding career through scholarships and education

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HAI Foundation Events

Have fun AND raise money to support scholarships for future pilots and maintenance technicians, historic preservation of helicopter history, and HAI Foundation Safety programs

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Latest News

The results of a study forecasting the U.S. supply of rotorcraft pilots and mechanics over the next 18 years has been released, confirming what many in our industry suspected. Unless there are some fundamental changes in policy, outreach, scholarships, and access to financing, the helicopter industry faces large-scale deficits in the amount of available and qualified licensed and certificated pilots and mechanics. The study projects a shortage of 7,469 helicopter pilots in the United States between 2018 and 2036. For … read more

How is Helicopter Foundation International’s Next-Gen Maintenance Initiative progressing? When did HFI launch it? HFI launched the Next-Gen Maintenance Initiative about a year ago after discovering a gap in the aviation curriculum offerings at the high school and post-secondary levels. There are more than 200 U.S. high schools that offer varying types of aviation curriculum from after-school clubs to full-scale aviation high schools. However, most of these courses are based on fixed-wing aircraft. In addition, maintenance schools primarily teach to … read more