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Helicopter Operators Launch Hawaii Helicopter Association

February 2, 2018, 7:31 AM HST
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A group of helicopter operators throughout the Islands announced the launch of Hawaii Helicopter Association (HHA) on Feb. 1, 2018.

HHA is a nonprofit organization focused on responsible helicopter operations in Hawai‘i.

“The focus of Hawaii Helicopter Association is to collaborate and communicate effectively about key helicopter and aviation practices to improve the industry in the state of Hawai‘i,” said Nicole Vandelaar Battjes, chairman and president of HHA.

Affiliated with the Helicopter Association International (HAI) and in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT), Hawaii Helicopter Association was formed to address helicopter industry issues and to work with local community, state and federal agencies to address concerns.

A strong proponent of the HAI Fly Neighborly program and as part of their efforts to ensure safe and responsible helicopter operations in Hawaii, HHA launched a new website featuring PlaneNoise, a statewide program that identifies noise sensitive areas, collects, analyzes and reports data to address complaints.

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“One of the many benefits of implementing PlaneNoise is that the database records incoming concerns are received and responded to,” added Battjes. “It is truly an effective platform for the community to voice helicopter concerns throughout the state and allow our helicopter operators to take the necessary measures to address them.”

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HHA founding member companies include Novictor Helicopters, Paradise Helicopters, Safari Helicopters, Sunshine Helicopters, Air Maui, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Hawaii Helicopters, Jack Harter Helicopters, Hawaii Pacific Aviation and Island Helicopters.

For more information on HHA, visit www.hawaiihelicopterassociation.org.

About Hawaii Helicopter Association

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Hawaii Helicopter Association is a 501(c)(6) entity with members that participate in air tours, special charters and utility flights across the state of Hawai‘i. Hawaii Helicopter Association interacts with communities and local, state and national government agencies in order to ensure responsible helicopter operations in the state.

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