Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) is a tax-exempt charitable organization that preserves and promotes the rich heritage of vertical aviation, while supporting the next generation of pilots and technicians.
As the charitable arm of Helicopter Association International, HFI provides funding for programs that membership dues alone cannot fully support. HFI is a 501(c)(3) organization (federal tax ID # 52-1297129). Your donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The HFI Board of Directors is a group of men and women who have spent a lifetime in the helicopter industry and who are passionate about its history and its future. HFI also benefits from another type of leader, our patrons: the men and women who generously donate so that HFI can deliver more — more scholarships and education to attract the next generation, a virtual museum of helicopter history, and robust safety programs. We are grateful for the support of all of our leaders.
HFI fields programs in each of its three missions:
- Education: HFI offers up to 19 scholarships for aviation students, hosts an annual Career Roundtable, and is working to increase awareness of rotorcraft career opportunities
- Safety: HFI presents more than 100 safety education events each year at HAI HELI-EXPO and also promotes the use of precautionary landings as the best way to break the accident chain
- Historic Preservation: HFI’s Trailblazers series of print interviews with rotorcraft pioneers offers a glimpse into the beginnings of the helicopter industry, while we work to put the extensive HFI archive of documents and helicopter models online.