HAI, Quad-A Offer Army Aviators a Leg Up When Entering Civilian Job Market

Alexandria, Va. (April 28, 2014) – The Helicopter Association International (HAI) and the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) will join forces at Quad-A’s 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville next week to aid Army pilots and technicians who want to prepare their careers for the future.

HAI will host a job fair on May 5th and 6th, at which representatives from helicopter operators spanning all sectors of the civilian market will be available to discuss opportunities with pilots and technicians, and meet with qualified candidates. To attend the job fair, you must be registered for the Exhibit Hall. There is no charge for Quad-A members, and a nominal fee ($5 in advance; $10 at the door) for non-members. The job fair will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each of the two days.

On Monday, May 5, HAI will host a seminar on aviation career development for the Army aviator. The seminar will focus on steps pilots and technicians on active or reserve duty can begin to take now in order to prepare for their eventual transition to the civilian market. It will be led by Ms. Stacy Sheard, a test pilot for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and 11-year active-duty U.S. Army helicopter pilot, and HAI Deputy Director of Flight Operations Brian Haggerty. After the Army, Sheard flew helicopter charters and tours in Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, emergency medical flights in Los Angeles, as well as corporate, news, and movie operations, while Haggerty, a 20-year veteran, went on to a successful career in civilian helicopter maintenance before joining HAI.

As Sheard will show, a successful military career does not automatically translate into a successful transition to the civilian market without careful long-term planning. She will outline steps pilots and technicians can begin taking as much as three years prior to their anticipated separation from the service in order to make themselves more attractive candidates for positions in the civilian helicopter industry.

More information about the job fair and Aviation Career Development Seminar are available on the HAI website. More information about the Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit is available on Quad-A’s website.

HAI is the professional trade association for the international helicopter community. Its 1,600+ company members and 1,700+ individual members, in more than 70 nations, safely operate more than 5,000 helicopters approxi­mately 2.5 million hours each year. HAI is dedicated to the promotion of the helicopter as a safe, effective method of commerce and to the advancement of the international helicopter community.