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Legacy: Matthew Zuccaro By Joanna Dodder Nellans


Matthew Zuccaro was a quintessential leader for the Helicopter Association International (HAI), serving first on the board of directors in 1987, then as board chair in 1991, then as president in 2005. He retired in January, only about a month before his passing on Feb. 25, 2020 at the age of 70.


“Matt was one of a kind in our industry,” current HAI President and CEO James Viola said. “Helicopters were part of his life, beginning with his U.S. Army service in Vietnam. Throughout his career, he made safe helicopter operations his priority, and we are a better, stronger, and safer industry today because of his efforts on behalf of rotorcraft.”


Zuccaro’s longtime love of flying began with visits to his father while he was airport operations supervisor at JFK International Airport (then Idlewild), a job Zuccaro later held himself. He became a Civil Air Patrol cadet at the age of 14. He quit college to sign up to fly Hueys in Vietnam with the 7/17th Air Calvary, earning several commendations in a year including two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Bronze Star Medals and 19 Air Medals.


His distinguished service in aviation spanned a half century. Zuccaro joined the HAI professional staff in 2005 after a long career as a pilot, operator, and aviation executive. As president and CEO, he was responsible for executing the vision of the HAI Board of Directors and overseeing daily operations. Under Zuccaro’s leadership, the association grew the HAI Heli-Expo into the world’s largest helicopter trade show.


At the HAI Heli-Expo in January, Zuccaro was honored with the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50 years of professionalism and skill as a pilot.


“During Matt’s tenure, HAI has been a forceful advocate for its members on regulatory and legislative issues,” Zuccaro’s retirement story on the HAI website stated. “When topics such as veterans’ flight-training benefits, air traffic control privatization, user fees, and the safe integration of drones into the airspace were debated, Zuccaro and his team were there – frequently as the only ones representing the helicopter industry’s concerns.”


His legacy of leadership and promoting helicopter safety at HAI includes HAI’s “Land and Live” initiative, reminding pilots that sometimes the safest thing to do is “Land the damn helicopter!”


“I want to reintroduce the concept of the precautionary landing — a conscious, conscientious decision by the pilot to set the aircraft down before the situation becomes an emergency,” Zuccaro said when launching the campaign in February 2014. “The good thing is that, in the precautionary landing, we have a powerful tool that can break most accident chains. With such a powerful tool and a unique aircraft that can land almost anywhere, why wouldn’t a pilot choose to land and live?”


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