HAI board chair Nicole Battjes reflects on the importance of vertical aviation in supporting local communities.
SEP • 2023
Nicole Battjes writes about HAI’s new vision of vertical aviation that promotes community compatibility and helps make local communities safer, prosperous, and more resilient.
In this first article published as chair of HAI ‘Vertical Aviation is Vital‘, Nicole Battjes shares her experience and efforts in responding to devastating wildfires in Lahaina, Maui, highlighting the strong sense of ohana (community) and the importance of vertical aviation in providing critical assistance during such crises. Battjes describes how Rainbow Helicopters coordinated with local authorities and charities to deliver essential supplies to the Lahaina area, including diapers and formula for mothers and babies.
The flights into Kapalua revealed the extent of the damage, but also the resilience and hope of the community. Battjes emphasizes the vital role of vertical aviation in disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, stressing the industry’s commitment to community support and disaster preparedness. Read the full article on Rotor Media here