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think Matt is going to serve this community very, very well.”


Helicopter Association International Hires New Director of Regulations & International Affairs


Helicopter Association International (HAI) recently announced the hiring of Matt Callan as director of


regulations and


international affairs. In


this position, Callan is responsible


for representing HAI members on all regulatory issues related to the international helicopter community. He recently retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 31 years as an officer and helicopter pilot, with approximately 5,800 flight hours in five different military aircraft.


“We are grateful that Matt has joined our team,” says Matthew Zuccaro, president and CEO of HAI. “Staying on top of international regulatory affairs is necessary to support our global membership, and we


Callan comes to HAI directly from the Coast Guard, where he had achieved the rank of captain. He was most recently assigned to the National Defense University (NDU), Eisenhower School, located at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., where he served as the designated lead for the Transportation Industry Study. He was also a member of the Defense Strategy and Resourcing Department, teaching strategic acquisition and resourcing.


“I’m looking forward to continuing to work in the aviation field, and particularly with helicopters,” says Callan. “I’ve already started working on elements of HAI’s new strategic plan and planning for HAI HELI- EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas.


“I’m now the staff liaison for the Government Services and Fly Neighborly Committees, so some of my long-term goals are to develop methods of promoting and supporting HAI members through those venues,” continues Callan. “I will also seek to expand our international relations through the International Civil Aviation


CHC Helicopter Launches Super-Medium Aircraft Program with Support from Milestone Aviation


CHC Helicopter recently launched its super- medium aircraft program with a commitment to lease five new aircraft from GECAS’ Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”). This transaction will add three new Leonardo


AW189s and two Airbus H175s from Milestone’s order book with the manufacturers to CHC’s global fleet. The new aircraft will be configured for energy transport missions and will serve CHC customers in the North Sea and Australia.


“We are working closely with Milestone to carefully build a productive, safe and reliable fleet to meet the varying needs of our customers throughout the world,” said Karl Fessenden, President and CEO of CHC Helicopter. “Milestone has been a valuable leasing partner towards this goal, with a diverse order book across manufacturers and types, and deep expertise in aircraft operational capabilities.”


Fessenden added “Since completing our restructuring in March, our fleet productivity has significantly improved and matches our historical peak levels before the oil and gas downturn. We are excited to add these new super-medium aircraft to our fleet in support of new customer contracts.”


“We are very proud to introduce the Leonardo AW189 and Airbus H175 types to CHC’s fleet,” remarked Daniel Rosenthal, president and CEO of Milestone, adding “We have worked very closely with CHC since their restructuring to review their fleet needs and provide both the aircraft and capital solutions, through operating lease and debt financing, that meet those needs. We are delighted to deliver these new technology assets that fit their mission profile with improved economics for their end customers.”


Both the Leonardo AW189 and the Airbus H175 are designed to meet long-range, high endurance requirements in demanding environments, which will allow CHC to use them for missions that have either been traditionally limited to heavy aircraft or access platforms that are not designed to support them. This will not only give customers additional flexibility, but also help them lower their overall costs per passenger.


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Matt has three sons and two daughters. Rachel is studying at California State University in Sacramento; Dustin attends Florida State University in Tallahassee; and Kyle, Natalie, and Nathan are all attending Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia.


Organization (ICAO) and the International Federation of Helicopter Associations.”


In addition to his tenure at the NDU, Callan’s assignments included increasing levels of responsibility throughout the Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security. Before joining the Coast Guard, Callan also served in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter pilot. A native of California, he graduated from California State University, Chico with a bachelor’s in criminal justice in 1981 and a master’s in public administration in 1986.


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